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Norway took off for a long Easter

Norwegians took five days of Easter holidays each weekend. This is Easter for the first time in three years with no corona restrictions, and the high risk of avalanches has kept thousands of people heading to the mountains for traditional spring skiing. Others have discovered the joy of being at home.

The Norwegian mountains, like the Howkelisetter here, are a fascinating place for skiers during Norway’s long Easter holidays. However, this year the risk of avalanches is higher than usual. Photo: DNT

In case of an accident, Red Cross volunteers are working with search and rescue teams all over the country. Danger of avalanche It now extends from northern to southern Norway, with another skier involved in the slide last week at Grøtdalstind in Ørsta, followed by another skier at Steinberget in Rauma.

A total of eight avalanches have been registered in Mureo Gromsdal, and police are urging skiers to stay away from the most dangerous terrain. Warnings have been issued all over the country, and skiers going ski trekking to the top of the mountain were, as always, urged to let others know where to go and when to return.

The Red Cross, like the country’s mountain trekking organization DNT, is preparing for a busy Easter. Its Executive Secretary, Dag Terje Solvang, was looking forward to “a truly traditional and normal Easter” after a two-year limit during the pandemic and the closure of DNT’s vast cabin and mountain lodge network. “Now our cabin remains open again and people can ski from cabin to cabin,” Solvang told the newspaper. Dagsavisen.. “The trail miles have been marked, the food lockers are full, and the beds are ready. It’s the high season again.”

DNT owns more than 550 such cabins and lodges nationwide, called Glitterheim, in the mountainous regions of southern Norway. In most cases, it is only accessible by skiing, biking and hiking. Photo: DNT

DNT owns and operates more than 550 cabins and lodges nationwide, in mountains, forests and along the coast. There is also a fully maintained service where the host serves meals three times a day, while others provide a roof over the heads of skiers and hikers arriving with their sleeping bags and food. increase. The pandemic has led more people to go on hiking vacations, but ironically, DNT had to close or significantly restrict access to remote accommodation.

Now they’re back in business, but no one heads to the highlands on the long Easter holiday weekend that lasts until Monday. In Strömstad, Sweden, which crosses the border, local police are driving to coastal towns to prepare for the influx of Norwegian shoppers, having high school graduates and car lovers who literally party. rice field. Beer and liquor will be discontinued on Maundy Thursday in Norway, but will continue to be open in Sweden.

Stremstard Mayor Kent Hanson told news station NTB shortly before the vacation began. ..

While crossing the border and vibrant in a mountain town, Norwegian cities are usually much quieter. But it wasn’t as quiet as it was in the early days when almost all cinemas, theaters, bars, restaurants, stores and hotels were closed. Today, as many people as museums remain open to entertain everyone at home during Easter.

The pandemic has given many Norwegians home during the longest vacation of the year, reading books, going out for local walks, watching traditional mysteries and criminal shows on television, and starting spring cleaning. Or taught that completing a tax form is fun and practical, instead of having to take off to spend a vacation abroad and deal with various corona regulations in force outside Norway. More Norwegians are relaxing at home.

According to a recent survey, 13% of the Norwegian population wants to spend more time at home rather than going out.Survey conducted by Norway Transportøkonomi skinstitutt The Institute of Transport Economics has recorded an increase in the number of people who choose “more family and less stress” than more often related to travel.

“13% may not sound like much, but if we could reduce travel by 13%, road traffic would be reduced, the climate would benefit from it, for example the money spent in Spain would be replaced. It can fuel the local economy, said Eivind Farstad, a researcher at the institute. Dagsavisen..

Farstad discovered that while many Norwegians were disappointed when they had to cancel their vacation trip during a pandemic, “most people got something from their vacation time anyway.” ..It takes time to move to hytte Pack and unpack (cabin) or abroad, and do the laundry when you get home. Being at home can increase the actual holiday time and allow you to relax with a conscience. “

newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund

https://www.newsinenglish.no/2022/04/14/norway-off-for-easter-holidays/ Norway took off for a long Easter

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