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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Drones disturb winter holidays

Norwegians taking time off at mountain cabins during this week’s winter holidays have something new to complain about in the popular Sjusjøen area near Lillehammer: The noise of drones now being used to deliver sushi to neighbours’ doorsteps.

“I think this is extremely negative, ” Espen Seeberg, who’s owned a cabin (hytte) at Sjusjøen for 25 years, told state broadcaster NRK. He’s one of many in the Sjusjøen Facebook group, which has 17,000 members, who doesn’t want drones flying around and dropping food deliveries from above. “They’re noisy,” said Seeberg, who thinks the whole point of heading for the hills is to enjoy their stillness.

Drones are already being used around Norway to deliver medicine and other small packages in remote areas, and even blood samples to laboratories. A drone company in Lillehammer decided to expand its services with food deliveries during the ongoing winter holidays, arguing that it’s more climate friendly than having hytte owners drive into town to pick up takeaway orders.

Many on the ground find it irritating, however, rather like how others have found it annoying when wealthy Norwegians use helicopters to get to their holiday homes along the sea in summer or in remote mountain areas. The drone operators told NRK that the drones’ noise is “a technical problem” that can be solved. staff



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