Category Archives: Ålesund

A vertigo tour of Norway

View of trolltunga in Hardanger, Norway.

Five hikes throughout the country that will take your breath away. Are you heading to Norway this fall? Do what the Norwegians do, and make time for a hike. September in Norway is beautiful and mild, making it a perfect month for outdoor lovers to gather at the summit.  These hikes highlight some of Norway’s ...

Fire on the Hurtigruten

Photo: Rune Eik

A fire on the Hurtigruten steamer MS Nordlys broke out in the engine room on Tuesday morning. The police were notified about hte fire at 9:20 a.m. A fire on the Hurtigruten steamer MS Nordlys broke out in the engine room on Thursday morning. The police were notified about the fire at 9:20 a.m. Two people, both ...

Hurtigruten service schedule will stay on course

Tourists and coastal residents will see no change in Hurtigruten service after an agreement was signed by the shipping company and Norways Department of Transport.

The Norwegian coastal cruise line, Hurtigruten, will maintain its present schedule, and will continue to call daily at all of its 34 ports along the coast between Bergen and Kirkenes. Continuation of Hurtigruten service was assured after the shipping line and Norway's Department of Transport signed a new agreement regarding the purchase of ...

Improved results in 2009

Audited figures for 2009 show a considerable strengthening of the municipalities’ finances compared to 2008. Net operating surplus for the municipalities is estimated at 2.7 percent in 2009. The municipalities’ gross operating surplus in 2009 was about NOK 3.3 billion. The figures show that the municipalities’ gross operating revenue was ...

Tallest Bonfire to be built

Barely three days left to Slinning fire should be lit, and youngsters on the point stacks of hard life. Jon Helge Ødegård is the bottom link in the chain PHOTO: Steel WATTØ / Sunnmørsposten

"We have been working since April" said Sophie Knutsen. This afternoon the fire was 28 meters high, but the gang would expect that they will reach 33 feet during the night. The goal is to build a fire at 40 meters by midsummer. In this case, the old record passed by several meters. It is held by ...

Statkraft upgrades renewable power generation in Norway

K2 power station in Høyanger (to be replaced by Eiriksdal power plant)

Statkraft has decided to spend more than NOK 1 billion upgrading hydropower facilities. In western Norway, the new power plants Eiriksdal and Makkoren will replace older facilities, while Nedre Røssåga power plant in northern Norway will be modernized. “These investments will result in more renewable energy, increased security of supply and significant local, regional and national ...

Highest number of births in 37 years

Norway's population increased by 58,950 to 4,858,200 in 2009. The birth surplus contributed to 35 percent of the population increase, whereas the migration surplus from abroad contributed to 65 percent. Not since 1972 have more children been born in Norway than in 2009. The relative population increase was 1.2 percent in 2009. Since 1900, only three ...

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The Norwegian State versus Statoil ASA – settlement under guarantee declaration – decision by Stavanger tingrett

Stavanger tingrett has today decided a case raised by the Norwegian State represented by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy against Statoil ASA. The dispute concerns whether Statoil ASA is obliged to render a settlement to the State under a guarantee issued to the State in 1999, in connection with modifications of the terminal at ...