More cold weather in the forecast

Brrrrr – it’s been cold out there the past few days, and warmer spring weather isn’t predicted to return anytime soon. State meteorologists think it will stay chilly, with more snow expected later in the week. Several areas in central and southern Norway have been hit with more snow, with road warnings up for slippery conditions. […]

Sunniest Easter holidays in years

Millions of Norwegians returned to work and school on Tuesday, after the sunniest and, according to officials in Norway, least eventful Easter holidays in years. Police reported that there wasn’t even any major traffic congestion either on the exodus over the Palm Sunday weekend or the return this past weekend. There were few if any […]

Dry weather sparks brush fire warnings

Warnings are up all over Southern Norway of unusually high forest and brush fire danger. Several fires have already raged out of control, and there’s a total ban on campfires or other outdoor burning from now until September 15. One unfortunate farmer in Rogaland on Norway’s West Coast inadvertently set off a brush fire while […]

Sunny holiday week settles over Norway

It’s highly unusual when the weather forecast charts for most of Norway are covered by suns, with the exception of some clouds in the far north. State meteorologists, however, were predicting a sunny week ahead when hundreds of thousands of Norwegians took off Friday for traditional Easter holidays. Schools are closed until the Tuesday after […]

Winter weather set to return

Everyone who thought spring had arrived in Southern Norway is likely to be disappointed by the latest forecast for Wednesday. State meteorologists are predicting up to 15 centimeters of snow in the southeast, including coastal areas around Kristiansand where flowers had already started blooming. “There can be difficult driving conditions, so don’t drive unless you […]

Low oil pressure blamed for ship’s stall

Norway’s maritime directorate has determined that low oil pressure caused all four engines on the ill-fated cruiseship Viking Sky to stall last Saturday, leaving it adrift and dangerously close to grounding in stormy seas with nearly 1,400 people on board.  “The level of lubricating oil in the tanks was within limits but relatively low when […]

Shipowner scorned for avoiding taxes

Just days after the Viking Sky cruiseship ran into serious trouble in a storm off the Norwegian coast over the weekend, a new storm is blowing around the cruiseline’s billionaire founder Torstein Hagen. Critics point to how he’s avoided paying taxes to his native Norway for years, only to benefit greatly from the massive, taxpayer-financed […]

Investigation begins into cruise drama

Norway’s accident investigations board and the maritime directorate have already launched a probe into why all four engines stalled on the relatively new cruiseship Viking Sky while it was crossing a stormy stretch of sea off the West Coast. Questions are also flying as to why the cruiseship, with nearly 1,400 people on board, kept […]

Rescue operation wins tributes

Grateful passengers couldn’t seem to praise Norwegian search and rescue efforts enough on Sunday, after the dramatic near-grounding of their cruiseship in a major storm on Saturday. As one man put it, “I didn’t see much of the Northern Lights, but I met the Norwegian people.” Hui Boon Tan gave a lengthy, articulate and heartfelt […]

Storm cancelled ‘Skreifiske’

The weather was so bad off the Norwegian coast on Saturday that one of the world’s largest fishing contests, Skreifiske, had to be cancelled. It was simply too dangerous for the fishing boats to head out to sea. High waves and strong wind made for a bad combination. Organizers had little choice but to cancel […]