‘Russ’ take partying and brawls abroad

Norway’s notorious high school seniors known as “russ” have landed in trouble this summer, after exporting their rowdiness and rivalries to holiday spots in the Mediterranean. Hotel, restaurant and bar owners on the Greek islands of Kos and Ios have had their fill of young Norwegians “who feel they have a right to do what […]

Tourist killed after ignoring warnings

A 38-year-old Austrian tourist was killed on Sunday afternoon after he allegedly ignored warnings and wandered beyond the chains that cordon off the Nigard Glacier in the mountains of central Norway. As many as nine others had done the same, but escaped injury when a massive ice block broke off the glacier and crashed into […]

Film premiers where it was shot

Tourism promoters in Rogaland County continue to go to great lengths, and heights, to drum up publicity for their local landmark known as Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock). Now they’ve flown in international journalists apparently willing to have their expenses paid, in the hopes of getting more coverage of the mountaintop where an action scene from the […]

Maritime village preserves its past

PHOTO FEATURE: Norway’s maritime heritage can be seen all along its vast coastline from north to south, but some places stand out. Among them is the small town of Skudeneshavn, once known for its fleet of sailing ships and ferry port, and now for its scores of well-preserved white wooden houses, some of which take […]

Young Norwegians released from Greek jail

All of the Norwegian teenagers who were arrested after taking part in street fights on the Greek island of Kos last week had been released as of Monday. Conflicting versions remain of what actually led to their arrests. Some witnesses on Kos have told state broadcaster NRK that the fights were arranged in advance, among […]

Tourists caught in ‘chaos’ on Rhodes

Around 1,000 Norwegians on holiday in Greece were among those stranded by reportedly “technical problems” at the airport on Rhodes Sunday. They resorted to sleeping on the floor of the terminal and in hotel lobbies, while they waited to head home. “We can’t promise anything, but I hope and think that they’ll all get flights […]

Norway’s beaches grab new attention

PHOTO FEATURE: In a country best known for mountains, fjords and usually cold weather, Norway’s beaches can often be overlooked. The country’s long coastline offers some real gems, though, tucked in between all its rocky cliffs and headlands. This summer’s recent heat wave is suddenly bringing them some new attention. Norwegian media have been reporting […]

Preikestolen hits the silver screen

Local authorities in Forsand, Rogaland County, went to great lengths to allow the makers of the new Mission: Impossible film to use Norway’s popular rocky mountaintop known as Preikestolen as a setting. It ended up with just four minutes in the new film that premieres in Norway on August 3, but Forsand Mayor Bjarte Dagestad […]

Summer holidays close to home

Hundreds of thousands of Norwegians launched their annual summer holidays over the weekend, which marked the start of the three-week period known as fellesferie. The myth that “everyone” heads for southern Europe or farther afield isn’t true, though, with three out of five Norwegians planning to stay in Norway, some of them in rather primitive […]

Trolltunga’s parking fees hiked

Tourists and Norwegians alike face not only a demanding hike after parking at the closest lot to Trolltunga’s trailhead this summer. They also face a steep hike in the parking fee itself. The price now seems nearly as high as Trolltunga’s unique rock formation, but local officials claim it was necessary to cover costs related […]