Student Was Posing for a Picture on This Outcropping When the Unthinkable Happened

September 28, 2015 Updated: July 15, 2017

An Australian student posing for a picture at a mountain in Norway fell to her death.

(NRK/Screenshot)
(NRK/Screenshot)

 

Kristi Kafcaloudis asked someone to take a picture of her on the edge of the jutted rock at the tourist spot Trolltunga when she slipped and lost her balance, plummeting over 656 feet to her death.

“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, police officer Terje Kvalvik told TV2.

A search team hiked several hours before finding her body.

(Kristi Kafcaloudis/Facebook)
(Kristi Kafcaloudis/Facebook)

 

Trolltunga is a rock formation about 2,300 feet (700 meters) above the lake Ringedalsvatnet in the country’s southwest.

The 24-year-old Kafcaloudis had recently moved to Norway to study music and cultural studies at the University of Bergen.

The university’s Rector, Dag Rune Olsen, told NKR that Ms Kafcaloudis’s death was “tragic.”

(NRK/Screenshot)
(NRK/Screenshot)

 

“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.”

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