White Christmas, with some grey

Oslo residents were able to enjoy a mostly White Christmas this holiday season, even though no fresh snow fell to soften and help groom ski tracks. Stormy weather closed several mountain passes during the holidays, but they were opening up again in time for the romjul period between Christmas and New Year. The snow that […]

Brilliant colours for the holiday season

PHOTO FEATURE: Norwegians celebrated the winter solstice nearly as much as the arrival of the Christmas and New Year holidays. As the days get longer again, the sunsets can be spectacular, offering an opportunity for quiet reflection as julefreden (Christmas peace) settled over the country. Fall and winter are still referred to as mørketiden (the […]

Weather can make driving hazardous

State meteorologists were warning this week that another change in the weather can cause problems for motorists in Norway’s most heavily populated areas around Oslo. Currently cold temperatures are due to rise and bring rain that can freeze on contact with the ground. A low-pressure system from the west was expected to bring rain, at […]

Frosty forests show winter is coming

PHOTO FEATURE: While winter has arrived in much of Northern Norway and in the mountains, the Oslo area has been mostly free of snow so far. A sudden drop in temperatures over the weekend provided some frosty landscapes, but state meteorologists warned Tuesday that they may not last long. This placid scene could be found […]

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 […]

Avalanche danger raised to ‘extreme’

For the first time ever, state authorities raised the danger for avalanches to “extreme” in wide areas of Nordland County. Warnings were up all over northern Norway for people to stay away from all steep areas through the weekend. “Stay home” was the message being sent out by police on Friday after Norway’s state agency […]

Several cities report bad air quality

Icy streets and sidewalks during the winter prompted city maintenance crews to strew them with lots of gravel and sand so they wouldn’t be so slippery. That, combined with a lack of rain in recent weeks, has sent air quality levels up to “red alert” levels in several Norwegian cities, including Oslo. The pollution wasn’t […]

Potholes threaten marching bands

Norway’s long and cold winter this year has left streets all over the country full of potholes and asphalt that’s buckled up. The situation is so bad in some places that it’s raising concerns for marching bands tuning up for parades on the 17th of May holiday. “We’re afraid some people will be injured,” Finn […]

Avalanche kills man skiing in Lofoten

A Norwegian man in his 40s was killed when he was caught in an avalanche on the steep slopes near Kleppstad at Vågan in Lofoten Sunday afternoon. Warnings had been up all week for high avalanche danger all over the country. Another man out skiing with the victim had alerted police to the avalanche around […]

Dogs accused of tormenting deer

Heavy snow in the Oslo area has prompted hungry, tired wildlife like moose and deer to wander into more open trails, trailheads and populated areas in search of food. Many have then been chased and even attacked by dogs, with some dog owners reportedly viewing that as sport. “There are some sick attitudes out there,” […]