Saturday, December 07, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
No fewer than 26 of the country's 33 largest glaciers retreated in 2013, according to the annual survey from the Norwegian Water Resources Directorate, with four remaining unchanged and only three gaining length.
We Norwegians fear that in twenty years time, many of the smaller glaciers will be gone, and this will have an impact on how you see the landscape in Norway.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
For the incurable romantic desperately looking for a good first date idea, a jaunt to Gressbanen Ready could well help break the ice. The romantic atmosphere, the no-pressure feeling of being together in the chilly outdoors, not to mention the opportunity to get physical with a natural helping hand or just by crashing hopelessly into each other!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Saturday, November 09, 2013
This is a great question and there isn't a definitive answer, I belive. It's an idiom and it can mean go crazy, get very angry or become very emotional. Several suggestions have been made as to how the expression came about – a favourite one is how monkeys get super excited when they see or are given bananas.
Friday, November 08, 2013
Sunday, November 03, 2013
How many of your conversations have been ignited by the weather? Who can resist filling in the dreaded lull with an observation of the conditions out there?
Climate change has added an entirely new dimension to weather speak and can elicit angry debate.
Saturday, November 02, 2013
Residents of a remote village nestled in a steep-sided valley in southern Norway are about to enjoy winter sunlight for the first time ever thanks to giant mirrors.
The mountains that surround the village of Rjukan are far from Himalayan, but they are high enough to deprive its 3,500 inhabitants of direct sunlight for six months a year.
That was before a century-old idea, as old as Rjukan itself, was brought to life: to install mirrors on a 400-metre (437-yard) high peak to deflect sunrays towards the central square.
Five million kroner ($849,000) was raised for the project -- four million from sponsors -- and now three 17-square-metre (183-square-feet) mirrors tower over the north side of Rjukan village.
A computer will control the mirrors so that they follow the sun to reflect the light on the market square, lighting up a 600-square-metre (6,459-square-feet) elliptical area.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
As Norwegians got ready for the new season premiere of the hit TV show “Lilyhammer” this week, its star Steven Van Zandt shared some thoughts with its broadcaster, NRK, about who the show features and, to a large degree, parodies: Norwegians.
Van Zandt, also known as “Little Steven” in Bruce Springsteen’s band, told NRK he thinks Norwegians “are very complicated people,” and “among the most interesting people I’ve ever encountered.” In an interview with NRK, he said there are “a lot of contradictions and paradoxes in the Norwegian culture that I find fascinating.”
He noted, for example, that he thinks Norwegian society is “very community-based” and “social democratic,” but that the average Norwegian nonetheless is “individualistic, tough and independent.” He does not agree with the common belief that Norwegians are naive, even though the character he plays on the show, ex-gangster Frank Tagliano, thinks they are.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of completion; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. What man can stand with Autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the substance of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon? ~Hal Borland
A man from Spain who had hiked up to western Norway’s famed high mountain plateau known as “Preikestolen” (The Pulpit Rock) disappeared off its steep side while taking photos Tuesday afternoon. His body was found Wednesday, after he’d plunged to his death.
As many as 200,000 people visit the natural attraction in western Norway every year. The Spanish tourist was probably the first to fall to his death from the flat granite plateau that rises like a pulpit 600 meters above the Lyse Fjord.
Debate over safety has flown for years, but local officials have claimed that those visiting Preikestolen do so at their own risk. The local hiking association has claimed it can only offer information and advice about the hazards of getting to close to the edge. Tourism association Visit Norway encourages visitors to “take the hike and enjoy the spectacular views.”