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Two campers find 2 million kroner stashed in cave in Norway

Two campers in south-eastern Norway stumbled upon an unexpected discovery while searching for a good camping spot for their families.

Two campers find 2 million kroner stashed in cave in Norway
The two men got a lot more than they bargained for when looking for a good camping spot. Photo: Norges Bank/Nils S. Aasheim

The two men were scouting out the forest near Mossemarka, Viken, South-East Norway, to see whether it would be suitable for a family trip and reached a memorial site where the Norwegian resistance stored weapons and equipment during WW2. 

Around 200 meters or so from the war memorial, Ole Bisseberg and his friend spotted something that looked unusual behind a rock. 

The friends, curious, began to look around to see if any exciting artefacts had been left behind from the war when they stumbled upon a tiny cave. 

“The cave was cramped and relatively unexciting.  But we had no idea what was waiting for us,” Bisseberg told newspaper VG

In it, they discovered a bag with four large wads of cash wrapped in duct tape inside. 

“When we found the money to say we were surprised would be an understatement,” Bisseberg said. 

The banknotes, a mix of 500 and 1,000 kroner notes dating back to 1999, and the bag storing the money were weathered and seemed like it had been there for quite some time.

READ ALSO: Hidden costs: What you need to know about Norwegian bank accounts 

The two men hurried home with their discovery and counted one of the packages, which contained more than 500,000 kroner, and contacted the police about their find. Bisseberg estimates that there was around two million kroner of cash in total. 

Police soon arrived at Bisseberg’s home to ask a few questions, and the pair took the police to the site where they found the haul. 

The police have sent the money to the National Criminal Investigation Service, where they will search for DNA and fingerprints on the money with the hopes of tracing it back to somebody. 

Head of operations for the Eastern Police District, Terje Marstad, told state broadcaster NRK that while such finds are rare, the public should contact the police immediately should they make a similar discovery.

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Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration will need to clear up more than 1,000 trucks worth of stones and rubble it left near the stunning UNESCO world heritage listed Nærøyfjord.

Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord
Nærøyfjorden near to where the Norwegian Public Roads Administration left behind more than 11,000 cubic metres of rocks. Photo by Arian Zwegers on Flickr.

Fly-tipping and rubbish dumping are typically associated with rogue tradespeople and cowboy builders, but it’s the Norwegian Public Roads Administration that is being asked to clear some 11,250 cubic metres of rocks it left near a UNESCO listed beauty spot.

The breathtaking Nærøyfjord in Aurland municipality, south-western Norway, is a landscape conservation area meaning its protected and, therefore, the rubble shouldn’t have been left there.

“This is a blister. We will clean up after ourselves,” Stig Berg Thomassen, project manager for the road authority, told NRK.

The rocks were left behind following a project to upgrade the nearby Gudvanga tunnel.

Thomassen said the mess was left in the conservation area because it wasn’t clearly marked as off-limits.

Nærøyfjorden has been listed as a landscape conservation area since 2002, and the site was added to the UNESCO world heritage list a few years later in 2005.

READ ALSO: You can now get married at this famous Norwegian beauty spot

The municipality in Aurland has given the road authority until December 17th to clear the mess. The mayor for the municipality said the road authority would begin to clear up the remnants of its building project as soon as possible.

The stones won’t be going far, though and will only be moved around 50 to 100 metres along the road to where the conservation area ends.

Project manager Thomassen has admitted that the situation could have been avoided with better planning.

“Yes, we should have probably have done that (prepared better). The situation is as it is, so we just have to clean up. It won’t take long to move the rocks. The Stones will only be transported 50 to 100 meters,” he confessed.

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