‘Snow’ opens when none is outdoors

It’s been called “a monument to climate change,” but the manager of the Oslo area’s new indoor skiing center called Snø (Snow) insists it “neither can nor will replace winter.” It’s just a coincidende, apparently, that the huge facility adjacent to the busy E6 highway at Lørenskog opened in the middle of the warmest January on […]

Climate change ‘is happening now’

It was raining again on Monday in Oslo, where no snow has fallen in January for the first time since measurements began 83 years ago. In the mountains of Stryn, farther to the north, cattle were released from their barns to graze on green grass. Something is clearly wrong when winter seems to have disappeared. […]

Winter wonderland awaits in the hills

PHOTO FEATURE: There wasn’t much snow in the downtown area during the New Year’s week, but residents of Oslo only need to head for the hills around the Norwegian capital to find a winter wonderland and plenty of possibilities for skiing. We checked out some of the areas closest to town, and easily accessible on […]

Power failure hit Trysil ski resort

More than 11,000 people lost electricity in Engerdal and in the popular ski resort town of Trysil in eastern Norway on Sunday. The power failure also left ski lifts standing still. The power went out around noon, and was sorely felt by hotels and the ski resort at Trysil, which is full of tourists during […]

Winter storm batters the southwest

Most mountain roads were closed, ferries cancelled and traffic halted over bridges Tuesday night as a severe winter storm slammed into the west coast and blew far inland as well. Bergen’s famed Fløibanen funicular was halted when it collided with a tree that fell over the tracks. Strong winds and snow cut visibility in many […]

Ski season opens after surprise snow

PHOTO FEATURE: The lakes aren’t frozen yet, but skiers in many parts of Southern Norway got a welcome surprise after lots of snow fell both before and during the weekend. Trailblazers made their winter debut, in the middle of autumn for a change. Caution is still needed and it may be awhile before skiers can […]

Snow in the south sparks skidding

The season’s first major snowfall in Southern Norway set off lots of accidents heading both into the weekend and out of it. By Monday afternoon, state meteorologists were sending out warnings that slippery road conditions could get even worse. Some locals call it a “national tradition” for Norwegian drivers to skid off roads and collide […]

First snow in the south due Sunday

State officials were warning residents of Southern Norway on Wednesday that they must have winter tires on their vehicles by Sunday. That’s when the first snow is expected over much of the southeast. “Large areas of Østlandet will get the first snow of the autumn on Sunday, and it will keep snowing on Monday,” Geir […]

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 […]

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 […]