Norway stops Trolltunga photos after deadly fall

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Tourists raking photos on Trolltunga. Photo: bdcoller/Flickr
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Norway's official tourist information site has removed pictures of people posing dangerously on the rock formation Trolltunga after an Australian student's fatal fall from the cliff last Saturday.

Kristi Kafcaloudis, 24, fell to her death while making her way out onto Trolltunga, a rock promontory that extends out 700 meters above the Ringedalsvatnet lake.

Visit Norway has recently promoted the attraction with photos of tourists performing dangerous stunts at its tip.
"It can - as we have recently seen - be extremely dangerous. The walk up there is also pretty hard, and many tourists are not prepared for that part either," Marianne Mork of Innovation Norway told Australia's news site.
"Visit Norway have decided to remove some of its pictures featuring tourists posing on the tip of Trolltunga, in order to not inspire others to pose the same way. Our opinion is that many people underestimate the danger."  
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In recent years, the number of tourists of people braving the four hour hike to Trolltunga has increased dramatically from just 500 people in 2009 to 40,000 people last year.

Tour operator Thomas Ruud with Trolltunga adventures says that an increasing number of tourists require assistance on the cliff.

“Everything from broken bones, people not getting down before it is too dark and also tiredness. But this is the first fatal incident,” Ruud told the UK's Guardian newspaper. “Last couple of years, people have started to bring tents because they want the sunset and rise, and people drinking and getting out on the cliff. This is why we have been waiting for something like this to happen.”

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