‘Code of Conduct’ for Lofoten tourists

UPDATED: “Welcome to Lofoten,” but follow some rules, read signs and brochures now greeting tourists who flock to the scenic archipelago in Northern Norway during the summer months. Residents and officials have resorted to issuing a “Code of Conduct” in several languages after growing weary of tourists’ garbage, illegal camping, invasion of private property and even […]

Long-distance swim turned dramatic

Organizers of a long-distance swim over the Oslo Fjord were facing criticism this week, after more than half the participants had to be plucked out of the water by search and rescue vessels. “This was more dramatic than I had hoped,” one well-trained participant told state broadcaster NRK. Frank Løke was among those swimming over […]

Warnings fly over aggressive seagulls

It’s that time of year again, when residents and tourists alike enjoy eating and drinking outdoors when the summer weather is good. Suddenly, however, their food can literally be snatched out of their hands or off their plates by hungry and aggressive seagulls. Norwegians call it måketerror (gull terror), and it’s long prompted kiosks and outdoor […]

Summer holidays drown in cold rain

Norwegians from north to south were all but drowning in chilly rain or even snow as their traditional month-long summer holidays began this week. While the rest of Europe is sweltering in a heat wave, Norway seemed caught in an unusual cold snap with temperatures due to drop in the most southern parts of the […]

‘Flyskam’ won’t halt summer holidays

School’s out, Parliament has closed and Norway’s traditional month-long summer holiday period began this week with some welcome sunshine and warmer temperatures. Norwegians’ travel plans still don’t seem to be disrupted by flyskam, the new Swedish term for being ashamed to fly because of climate concerns. “Are we ashamed enough to drop flight plans?” asked […]

Summer storm raged over Southern Norway

More than 16,000 bolts of lightning, thunder so loud it made people jump and torrential rain swept over most of Southern Norway on Thursday. Around 4,000 households lost power, while many outdoor events popular at this time of year were utterly spoiled. “This has been a day when the weather controls what you want to […]

Norway likely to drop standard time

The Norwegian government will more than likely follow the European Union’s decision on Tuesday to stop alternating between standard- and daylight savings time. Trade Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen thinks most Norwegians will prefer staying on daylight savings time year-round. “I must admit that I think its just fine to stop changing the time on the […]

Record warmth in Bergen

Summer apparently isn’t over yet, with clear, sunny weather in much of Southern Norway and rain on the West Coast giving way to warm sunshine as well. So warm, that it set another record on Thursday. “Bergen has been lucky today,” state meteorologist Geir Ottar Fagerli told state broadcaster NRK on Thursday. “The warm spell […]

Norway likely to end ‘winter time’

The European Union’s plans to stop switching between standard time and daylight savings time has set off calls to do the same in Norway. Newspapers are already editorializing that Norway should retain the latter, locally known as sommertid, all year long. Summertime is simply much more popular than wintertime, and many Norwegians dread the day […]

White wine flowed in the summer heat

For the first time ever, Norwegians drank more white wine than red wine in July. Red wine has always dominated the market in Norway, but this summer’s record high temperatures for weeks on end clearly led to a change in preferences. The numbers presented by state wine monopoly (Vinmonopolet) that controls and distributes retail sales […]