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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Gorgeous weather brought out hikers

The weather in southern Norway was so sunny and brilliant over the weekend that police in Telemark had to battle chaotic traffic and parking conditions at the base of the county’s highest peak, Gaustatoppen.

So many people wanted to climb to the top of the distinctive 1,883-meter (6,213-foot) peak, which offers views over much of southern Norway, that parking areas filled quickly and hundreds of cars were parked illegally along the narrow road running under the mountain.

Police considered towing away cars because emergency vehicles wouldn’t have been able to pass, reported Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). They ended up simply ticketing many of the cars because there were too many to tow and the tow trucks themselves would only add to the congestion.

Parking areas at many other trailheads were packed during the weekend, which also marked the end of the annual week-long autumn school holiday in southern Norway known as høstferie. In the hills around Oslo, lots also filled up early, especially in the valley of Sørkedalen and at Sognsvann. staff



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