Melbourne student, 24, dies after plummeting 300 metres from a tourist rock in Norway while posing for a photo

  • Kristi Kafcaloudis died on Sunday at Trolltunga in Norway’s south west
  • The 24-year-old slipped from the rock formation while posing for a photo
  • Trolltunga is a popular tourist rock 700 metres above lake Ringedalsvatnet
  • She had just moved from Melbourne to study at the University of Bergen

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A Melbourne woman has died after plummeting more than 200 metres from a tourist rock in Norway while posing for a photo. Kristi Kafcaloudis, 24, was with a group of people at the mountain tourist spot Trolltunga in Norway’s south west when she asked someone to take a photo on the edge of the jutted rock on Sunday. She lost her balance on the rock formation and tumbled 200 to 300 metres to her death, Norway’s TV21 reports.

Kristi Kafcaloudis, 24, was with a group of people at the mountain tourist spot Trolltunga in Norway’s south west when she asked someone to take a photo on the edge of the jutted rock on Sunday

‘Many people wanted to step out to be photographed, and there was a queue. When it was her turn, she stepped over some rocks at the rock face. But she walked too far to the right and fell,’ Terje Kvalvik from Hardanger Police said. A search team had to hike for several hours before they could reach her body before transferring it to a nearby hospital. Trolltunga is a rock formation 700 metres above lake Ringedalsvatnet in Norway’s south west.

Ms Kafcaloudis had just moved to Norway from Melbourne last month to study music and cultural studies at the University of Bergen. Trolltunga is a rock formation popular 700 metres above lake Ringedalsvatnet in Norway’s south west

Ms Kafcaloudis, who had moved from Melbourne to Norway last month, lost her balance on the rock formation and tumbled 200 to 300 metres to her death

It’s understood Ms Kafcaloudis slipped as she was preparing to pose for a photo with classmates from the university. The university’s Rector, Dag Rune Olsen, told NKR2 that Ms Kafcaloudis’s death was ‘tragic’.

‘We are terribly sorry about the tragic outcome of this accident.

My thoughts are with the family, the parents and close relatives of the student,’ he said.

‘Many of our students come here because they like being in nature, and they travel in Norway.

We think that’s good, but there are also risks.

Maybe we need to inform our students of these risks to a greater extent than before.’

It’s understood Ms Kafcaloudis slipped from Trolltunga, which is 700 metre high, as she was preparing to pose for a photo with classmates from the university (file photo)

References

  1. ^ TV2 (www.tv2.no)
  2. ^ NKR (www.nrk.no)

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