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Winter is coming! This is why you need to be
 extra careful right now

As some destinations approach the last days of the season,
others are preparing for their season opening.


September has been a wonderful month in Norway, with loads of sun and warm autumn days. Now, finally, the weather is changing. As the modern cliché goes: winter is coming!

In the mountains, the colder weather can be challenging. One example is Trolltunga, where there was a rescue mission just last week.

“We do not recommend anyone to ascend to Trolltunga without a guide. The weather can change quickly and the days are getting shorter. You will need a good light source when hiking, and I am not talking about your cellphone, it will be pitch black when the sun is gone,” says Bjørn Arild Fjellsbø, regional manager in Odda for the Red Cross.

At Trolltunga, the number of rescues has been doubled since last year. Fjellesbø says many tourists are not well enough prepared for Norwegian weather and go hiking without checking the weather forecast.

As one season ends, another is on its way. We are talking about ski season in Norway!

This weekend Glenn Roar Berge went skiing at the Koldedals glacier in Jotunheimen. Berge is an experienced guide at Tyin Aktiv and went skiing at altitudes between 1400-1700 meters above sea level.

“The conditions were great! But keep in mind that this is a glacier and there can be crevasses.This is not for beginners, so you need both experience and the right equipment for these skiing tours”.

Some Norwegian ski resorts have made a head start on this year’s season, according to Fri Flyt. Both Geilo and Sjusjøen have opened parts of their resorts.

Christine Thune, a communication advisor at the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT), recommends that all tourists take precautions and familiarize themselves with the Norwegian Mountain Code before they go hiking.

“DNT recommends that you use the Norwegian Mountain Code as a guideline to keep yourself safe when trekking. You can also contact the locals, the DNT cabins or the local tourist offices some days in advance. And always check the weather forecast.”

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