Creepy Trailer Alert: "The Scariest Norwegian Film Ever" Has A Sequel

Director Pål Øie's 2003 Dark Woods was voted "the scariest Norwegian film ever" by one of the country's biggest tabloids. So it's with no small fanfare that Dark Woods 2 is here, and thankfully has abandoned its predecessor's reality TV framework for a much spookier setting: an abandoned hospital. » 3/27/15 6:00pm Friday 6:00pm

The Black Plague Came To Norway In The Creepiest Way Possible

In the 1300s, the Black Death sprang up in central Asia, and marched steadily over the Old World. As it claimed Europe from the south, people in the northern countries thought they might be safe from it. Then it came, in the form of a classic horror movie trope. » 12/29/14 6:20am 12/29/14 6:20am

Who has come closest to winning Civilization in real life?

Games in Sid Meier's Civilization series are loosely patterned off the rise and fall of real-life civilizations. And some of these real-life civilizations had exactly the kinds of ambitions that would win a game of Civilization. Which raises the obvious question: did any of them get close? Has anybody won? Are we… » 12/22/14 10:05am 12/22/14 10:05am

Archaeologists working in Norway have found a 1,300 year-old ski with the binding and leather straps still attached. The discovery, made possible because of melting ice, shows that Vikings were able to move fast and steady on the snow. It's one of only 20 pre-modern skis to be found in Norway, and only the second with… » 10/15/14 7:00pm 10/15/14 7:00pm

Time Capsule of Unpublished Books Won't Be Opened Until the Year 2114

Sadly, you won't be able to read Margaret Atwood's new book. When it's finally published you'll be dead. Well, you'll probably be dead. Because her latest work is going to be placed in a time capsule that won't be opened until the year 2114. And hers isn't the only book. » 9/10/14 1:00pm 9/10/14 1:00pm

In Norway, all library books must be digitized -- by law

A law in Norway has their National Library scanning all literature and then making it publicly available to anyone to anyone coming in under a Norwegian IP address. Pretty cool, if you're in Norway now or in the near-ish future. But it's also pretty awesome for the much more distant future. » 12/11/13 7:25am 12/11/13 7:25am

This is not an error in your map app -- it is a real road

It seems too bizarre to be anything other than a screenshot from your favorite borked mapping app. But this is a real road in Norway, called the Atlantic Ocean Road. It's five miles of sheer insanity and wave-soaked driving. » 5/31/13 5:31pm 5/31/13 5:31pm

Driving through the world's longest road tunnel is a trip through…

Completed in 2000, Norway's fifteen-mile-long Lærdal Tunnel cuts through a mountain range near the village of Lærdalsøyri. To ease drivers' claustrophobia and to prevent the underground monotony from lulling motorists to sleep, the tunnel is punctuated with a series of caverns designed to resemble impending daylight —… » 7/31/12 4:30pm 7/31/12 4:30pm

Probably the only medical study of the effects of garlic on vampires

In 1994, a group of Norwegian researchers embarked upon a groundbreaking study as to whether garlic was an effective deterrent against blood-sucking Nosferatus. Did this timeworn wisdom withstand the rigors of the laboratory? » 3/05/12 8:40am 3/05/12 8:40am

How two worlds 8000 miles away team up to reveal the ancient past

The fjords of Norway and the rugged coasts of the Patagonia region of Argentina are quite literally on opposite ends of the Earth, separated by thousands of miles and multiple hemispheres. And yet the two combine for one archaeological goldmine. » 9/25/11 1:15pm 9/25/11 1:15pm

Welcome to Pyramiden, the Soviet ghost town at the edge of the world

On the Norwegian archipelago of Spitsbergen you can find Pyramiden, an abandoned mining town that's been almost entirely uninhabited since 1998. Founded in 1910, his town of 1,000 was a model Soviet outpost. That is, until the fall of Communism made it a less desirable place to live. Here's a recent news report from… » 9/24/11 2:15pm 9/24/11 2:15pm

This is what a massive plankton bloom looks like from space

Plankton are tiny all by their lonesome, but every summer these tiny marine organisms take over the Barents Sea north of Norway. On August 14, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this giant bloom stretching several hundred kilometers over the Scandinavian Peninsula. » 8/17/11 4:30pm 8/17/11 4:30pm

Aurora borealis lights up the sky like psychedelic fire in this…

Errant UFOs aren't the only reason to look to the sky in Norway these days. Terje Sorgjerd recently captured this ethereal time-lapse footage of the northern lights. » 3/26/11 3:35pm 3/26/11 3:35pm

UFO delayed flights at the Oslo airport last Thursday

According to Norwegian press, the Oslo Airport in Gardermoen, Norway grounded flights last Thursday after an unknown glider was seen hovering around the airport. Here's an account from Norwegian news (with a pounding guitar soundtrack dubbed in to boot). » 3/26/11 3:00pm 3/26/11 3:00pm

Quite possibly the most beautiful footage of Aurora Borealis you've…

Here's something to put you in wintry spirits. Photographer Tor Even Mathisen has captured this gorgeous time-lapse footage of Aurora Borealis over Tromsø, Norway. The music by Per Wollen and Silje Beate Nilssen makes this video all the more glacial. » 11/25/10 10:00am 11/25/10 10:00am

New "Troll Hunter" footage pits man against Scandinavian myth

We've been excited for the Norwegian mockumentary Troll Hunter for a while now, and this new making-of featurette showcases the CGI behind a jeep versus troll battle. » 11/20/10 7:45am 11/20/10 7:45am

Watch a 7-hour train ride through Norway set entirely to electronic…

The Norwegian documentary Bergensbanen details the gorgeous 300-mile, 7.5-hour-long train ride from Bergen to Oslo. An intrepid group of DJs have scored the entire journey, which traverses the frozen region of Finse (a.k.a. Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back). » 11/13/10 10:20am 11/13/10 10:20am

Dream-like nature photography from the 1890s

These incandescent pictures and postcards from the turn of the 19th century aren't true color photography — they were colored using a process known as photochrom that gave the landscapes they depict a fuzzy warm veneer. » 8/11/10 7:30am 8/11/10 7:30am

The Mystery Of The Glowing Jellyfish In The Sky

Was this giant glowing aerial presence just a satellite — or a sign of intelligent life in the universe? That's what scientists are asking when a strange, eerily familiar shape showed up in a photo of Norway's Northern Lights. » 1/28/10 2:00pm 1/28/10 2:00pm