The ever-growing popularity of Norway’s most unique scenery and rocky mountaintops has set off another wave of accidents and rescue operations. Red Cross crews think more tourists should be warned against setting off on potentially hazardous treks.
News bureau NTB reported how Red Cross emergency workers had to mount four separate rescue operations on Saturday evening alone in connection with inexperienced tourists trying to hike to Trolltunga in Hordaland, Western Norway. The unique rock formation is more popular than ever, but many setting off are not in good shape, not prepared for the strenuous hike ahead and poorly clothed or shod.
Among those summoning rescue crews this past weekend was a young couple with a baby who couldn’t manage to get down the trail they’d climbed up, and a couple who didn’t manage to follow the trail, wandered off it and got lost. Others hadn’t reckoned how long the hike would take, and had no torches or headlights when darkness fell.
“Now we’ve already had to mount as many rescue operations as we had all of last year,” Bjørn Arild Fjeldsbø told state broadcaster NRK. He thinks more information and clear warnings must be distributed to tourists heading up to Trolltunga.