Millions of Norwegians returned to work and school on Tuesday, after the sunniest and, according to officials in Norway, least eventful Easter holidays in years. Police reported that there wasn’t even any major traffic congestion either on the exodus over the Palm Sunday weekend or the return this past weekend.
There were few if any backups on the major highways leading back to Norway’s major cities on either Sunday or Monday, which was also an official holiday. Fine weather over much of the country prompted many holidaymakers to split their time between the mountains, where spring skiing was popular, and the coast, where sunshine and warm temperatures prompted many to head out on their boats. That apparently contributed to the lack of heavy traffic home from the mountains on Easter Sunday and Monday.
The Norwegian Red Cross could also report less than half the skiing accidents recorded last year, and claimed it was the calmest Easter in five years. Red Cross officials reported 194 calls for help, down from 338 last year. Nor were there any major avalanches despite earlier concerns and warnings posted.