Tourists, en route for Norwegian holiday resorts on the west side of the Sognefjell mountain, had a surprise when they reached Krossbu, on the eastern side of the peak.
Tourists, en route for Norwegian holiday resorts on the west side of the Sognefjell mountain, had a surprise when they reached Krossbu, on the eastern side of the peak. Twenty miles of snow-blocked roads prevented their coaches and buses from passing over the mountain, and a helicopter was waiting for the visitors.
Norway's winter was exceptionally long this year and the spring was almost none-existence. As a consequence, the snow piled up and hardened, and what sun there was unable to melt the drifts. Snow-ploughs and bulldozers, together with a great deal of shovelling, were insufficient. After several weeks of digging most of the mountain passes were cleared, except that on Sognefjell, by the opening of the tourist season. Hence the helicopter.
The first passengers to use the aircraft were four ladies from England, none of whom had ever travelled by air before. Apprehensive when they climbed aboard at Krossbu, these tourists arrived at the other side of Sognefjell enthusiastic air passengers.
Below, though, workmen laboured on, trying to clear the 15 ft, drifts by mid-June. Until they do mail and passenger traffic will continue to be flown over the peak.