Asker Warnings and Dangers

  • No need for face mask and higher chimney!
    No need for face mask and higher...
    by Saagar
  • No wonder it's not occupied - can't reach it!
    No wonder it's not occupied - can't...
    by Saagar
  • Knocked out cold on ice
    Knocked out cold on ice
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    Climate change - will Asker be submerged?

    by Saagar Written Feb 8, 2007
    No need for face mask and higher chimney!

    Some people hope Asker will get submerged, however, they will be deisappointed.
    The landmass around Asker rises about 40 cm per century (you can calculate when we will bypass Everest!), so given the oceans are rising, you should be able to find the same shoreline as of today in year 2107! Wish you long life!
    Info is from www.forskning.no a main portal for Norwegian research.

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    Sea ice

    by Saagar Updated Jul 29, 2006
    Knocked out cold on ice

    Once in a while the entire Oslo Fjord freezes over, more commonly bays and bights along the West Fjord/Asker and Bærum coast are frozen. It is tempting to go out there, skating, fishing from the ice and generally making merry on the ice.

    However, the sea ice is not as freshwater ice; it is vulnerable to fast thinning and break-up by currents, tides, waves and changes in temperature caused by water turbulence. Sea ice generally freezes only when the water reaches sub-zero temperatures, 5-7 degrees below. The Oslo Fjord is less salty and thus freezes at slightly higher temperatures.

    Do not venture out on sea ice unless you see others do it or there are clear, local instructions that you can go. When the ice is ok, the municipality marks safe skating/ski/foot paths between the islands.

    You can get such instructions and advice on phone 80081818, the Ice Authority (sic), Isoppsynet.

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    Specific warning re Norwegian State Railways

    by Saagar Written Aug 22, 2005

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    No wonder it's not occupied - can't reach it!

    If you are connecting from Asker or any other suburb to a train out of Oslo Central Station, do not take for granted that the connection times are sufficient. If you check time tables on the internet sits www.nsb.no and ask for an Asker-Gjøvik or whatever connection and even buy the ticket online, you may be left stranded in Oslo. Note that this is a f r e q u e n t feature of NSB. This is an effect of delays and collapsing suburban train schedules and actual trains, too. The main reason for this is an overoptimistic system, conservative political plucking away at NSB staff and system rendering it skeleton-like, lack of technical maintenance and general spirit. The two consecutive times I tried the train out of Asker my trips failed miserably. Count on an hour's connection time in Oslo, and have a bus back-up in your mind. Totally horrible system.
    Mind you, even the Bangladeshi Railway system has a customer service and a complaint box. No such thing or person at the monstrous NSB-bureaucracy. You have to pay an extra expensive phone to get travel advice from them in case you are stuck.

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    Burot - a very common allergy-causing plant

    by Saagar Written Aug 16, 2005

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    Burot  (Artemisia vulgaris L)

    People suffering from pollen allergies shoud be aware of the plant burot while travelling in Asker. Along roadsides and wherever there is new construction this pioneering plant will pop up. Non-descript and not esy to suspect, this obnoxious plant may clog your airways and get your eyes running in no time. It is probably the most allergenic plant in Norway. Check for it before you settle in an outdoor restaurant, picnic or just walking/hiking around.
    Latin name: Artemisia vulgaris L.

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    Summer 2005 train disruptions

    by Saagar Written Jul 16, 2005
    Asker train station, but no trains...

    Because of construction works on the railway west of Oslo and at Asker station, all trains on this stretch are stopped. There are buses that ferry passengers on long distance and regional trains from Oslo Central to Drammen Station (no extra cost) and local trains stop in Drammen (west) and Sandvika (east) respectively. There are no trains on the Spikkestad line until 2nd week of August.
    Thee are personell on the platforms to assist you with the transfers Drammen Oslo/Oslo-Drammen.

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    I expected it: "hålka!"

    by Saagar Updated Jan 8, 2005
    Slippery, icy roads

    The curse of coastal Norway hits Asker, too - hard.
    This is called "hålka" or more correctly spelled "holka".
    This terrible word gets Norwegians into a baaaaad moooood - beware!
    OK, this is the story:
    It snows in the winter, so it's all nice and clean, safe to walk, and soon trails of hard-packed snow criss-cross the landscape. Very neat, in fact. However, along the coast comes a mild spell driven by a hefty low pressure and the temperature rises from minus 10 to plus 10 in 10 hours. Rain compliments this temperature rise. The snow vanishes for the most part - except where the trails are. This hard-packed snow has now turned to ice as hard as steel, slippery as a bar of soap, and the result can be counted at hospitals where broken bones and minds are mended in long rows.... This ice condition .... where all roads, pavements and trails are, right up to your door step... is called HOLKA. Today I went shopping at the grocers' and that is 3 minutes away. I spent 20 minutes this time, negotiating the ice. Don't buy anything like egg or bottles until this condition has ceased, and stay indoors until the municipality, the neighbour or whomever has thrown sand on the ice. You too may also be volunteering to sand the ice?

    It was kind of difficult to VTcategorise this tip, so I put it under "gambling", "senior travel" and "winter sports". They are all appropriate.

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