Australian student falls to her death at Norwegian beauty spot

Kristi Kafcaloudis, 24, a student at Monash University was in Norway as an exchange student at the University of Bergen

Alexandra Sims
Wednesday 09 September 2015 16:49

A Melbourne student fell hundreds of metres to her death from a Norwegian cliff-top while trying to walk around tourists taking photos at the beauty spot.

Kristi Kafcaloudis, 24, a student at Monash University and originally from Queensland, was in Norway as an exchange student at the University of Bergen.

She was walking in the mountains of Hordaland County with 30 others to Trolltunga Rock when she fell.

It was initially thought that Ms Kafcaloudis was posing for a "selfie" at the site before her death, but this was disputed by her parents who said she was actually trying to get past other people posing for photos, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Her mother, Milli Kafcaloudis, said in a statement: “Apparently there were a lot of people on the rock that weekend, and Kristi was waiting about two metres out on the rock to come back to re-join her two friends who were walking ahead.

“Because other people were posing for a photo, she waited to get past and walked on a little side track to get around them... but the rocks were loose and she lost her balance and fell.”

Trolltunga, which translates as “Trolls tounge” in English, is a famous beauty spot in Norway. It is described as one the country’s “most spectacular scenic cliffs” by Visit Norway.

According to Ms Kafcaloudis’ mother, two witnesses taking photos at the scene saw the incident and police are presently gathering all witness statements.

Ms Karcaloudis' mother also said screams heard at the scene were not from Ms Kafcaloudis, but her friend.

On Tuesday, friend Freddie Wright said Ms Kafcaloudis was “really kind and really funny”, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

It could take up to 10 days for Ms Karcaloudis' body to be returned to her parents in Australia.

A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman said it was providing support to Ms Kafcaloudis’ familly.

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