Snow could cause delays at Oslo Airport

Snowy weather has caused reduced accessibility on Norway's roads in the days following Christmas and may now affect flights at Oslo’s Gardermoen Airport.

Snow could cause delays at Oslo Airport
Snow at Oslo Airport in 2014. File photo: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix

Up to 20 centimetres of snow are forecast in the southeastern Østlandet region on Thursday, reports broadcaster NRK, with Oslo Airport announcing on Twitter that isolated delays could occur as a result of the weather.

Travellers are advised to check latest updates with airlines.

Oslo Airport’s operating company Avinor said that previous experience suggests the current snowy weather is likely to cause some level of delay.

“So far, we have had 43 departures today, of which six flights have been delayed,” Avinor’s press spokesperson Lasse Vangstein told newspaper VG earlier on Thursday.

The spokesperson added that he does not expect delays to be long or many in number.

The main cause of delays is sweeping of snow from runways, which takes around 15 minutes, but at least one runway will be kept open at all times, he said.

“We [sweep runways] obviously due to safety considerations to maintain friction levels,” Vangstein said.


Partial lunar eclipse to be visible over parts of Norway

People in parts of Norway may be able to witness a partial lunar eclipse on Friday. 

Pictured is a lunar eclipse
Friday will see a partial lunar eclipse over Norway. Pictured is a lunar eclipse. Photo by Roger Starnes Sr on Unsplash

On Friday morning, the sun, the earth and the moon will align, causing a partial lunar eclipse. Friday’s celestial showcase will be an almost total lunar eclipse, with only a tiny part of the moon not ending up in the earth’s shadow. 

The eclipse will be most visible at 10:03am, when 98 percent of the moon will be in shadow. 

The moon will take on a reddish tinge as sunlight that passes through the earth’s atmosphere will be refracted back onto the moon. 

People in the north of Norway will have the best eclipse experience because the moon doesn’t go down until later in the morning at higher latitudes. The weather will also be better further north, according to forecasts. 

Residents of east and west Norway hoping for a show may have their views hindered by clouds. 

“If you are lucky, you’ll be able to see it from several parts of the country,” Randveig Eikhild from the Meteorological Institute told public broadcaster NRK

The best place to see the eclipse will be somewhere with a good clear view of the horizon, without mountains, hills or buildings in the way. 

For those in the south, where the view may not be the best due to the brighter mornings, there’s another celestial event on Friday that they will be able to witness. 

Once the sun goes down, gas giants Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in the night sky and very close together. Saturn won’t be visible from the north, however. 

“Jupiter and Saturn are quite close to each other and are beautiful in the fall. However, they are not always as close as they are now. It can be a very nice sight,” Pål Brekke, from the Norwegian Space Centre, explained to NRK.