Offbeat Video

By Mikey Jones

 

These people are lining for the fjords – in a comedy scene that would make even Monty Python proud.

Each tourist is queuing up for a daredevil selfie sat overlooking the water at Trolltunga in Norway.

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But where each picture shows a person in splendid isolation with a picturesque background, the reality is entirely different.

However, like a comedy sketch, a photo taken by Kenneth Warvik, from Oslo, shows tourists are willing to queue in their hundreds to get the shot.

They will willingly hike for up to six hours and stand around for another two or three just to get the one picture.

Kenneth, a 27-year-old geology graduate who works for Trolltunga Adventures, said: “I understand why people take their time on Trolltunga, after walking for six hours.

“The record this year was 1839 visitors in one day. If everybody took only one minute at the top, it would have taken more than 30 hours for everybody to stand there.

“So everybody has to wait there, then walk up to Trolltunga, get their shot and hurry back down.”

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According to Kenneth, people’s desperation to get the ideal social media snap has created big problems for Trollltunga.

People’s safety and the environment are being put increasingly at risk in one of Norway’s most beautiful landscapes.

He said: “There is a safety problem with the waiting time, since a lot of people normally use the same amount of time to get down.

“A lot of people run out of energy or they don’t get down before it does dark.

“It is difficult for tourists to know how demanding the hike can be. You need to bring a lot of food and extra clothes.

“I think Norwegians are surprised when they visit and see all the people and all the rubbish. It’s not authentic Norwegian nature that a lot of people expect.”

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In an effort to avoid the masses, Kenneth takes tourists on different routes to Trolltunga.

He said: “We have two treks where we follow a different path and we can walk for two days without seeing anyone else, until we reach Trolltunga.

“As well as Trolltunga, we like to take time to fish mountain trout, eat traditional meals and enjoy coffee with a view.”