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Norwegian family cancels Easter trip for the first time in 20 years after heavy snowfall

  • The snap, taken in Finnmark area of Norway’s far north, was sent by a neighbour
  • It showed an ominous-looking cornice of snow hanging over the family’s cabin
  • Bente Andreassen said the family would miss Easter trip for first time in 20 years

A Norwegian family has had to cancel their yearly Easter trip for the first time in 20 years after they were sent a photograph showing their cabin buried under snow.

The snap, taken in the Finnmark area of Norway’s far north, was sent to Bente Andreassen by neighbour Camilla Daae-Qvale. 

It showed an ominous-looking cornice of snow hanging over the family pad amid reports of an unusual number of avalanches in the region. 

The snap, taken in the Finnmark area of Norway’s far north, was sent to Bente Andreassen by neighbour Camilla Daae-Qvale

Average March lows in Finnmark are about -9C, but the area has been experiencing such bad weather this month that many communities have been left isolated

Average March lows in Finnmark are about -9C, but the area has been experiencing such bad weather this month that many communities have been left isolated

She said the family had ‘decided that we should go’ to the cabin, but added: ‘When we got the picture, we said “No”.’ 

‘It was terrifying to see,’ she told NRK. 

After choosing to put off the trip, she posted the photograph to a Finnmark Facebook group explaining that it would be the first time in 20 years that her family would not be there for Easter.

Her post attracted hundreds of replies from people remarking on the looming ledge of snow above the small cabin. 

The image showed an ominous-looking cornice of snow hanging over the family pad amid reports of an unusual number of avalanches in the region

The image showed an ominous-looking cornice of snow hanging over the family pad amid reports of an unusual number of avalanches in the region

But Daae-Qvale, who took the picture, said her nearby cabin was perfectly fine despite the snowy weather.       

Average March lows in Finnmark are about -9C, but the area has been experiencing such bad weather this month that many communities have been left isolated. 

Because it is so far north of the Arctic Circle, the region experiences midnight sun from the middle of May until the end of July.     

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