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Icelandic Mountaineer Dies in Norway

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Icelandic Mountaineer Dies in Norway

Falketind mountain, Norway.

Falketind mountain, Norway. Photo: Tore Røraas/Wikipedia

A 55-year-old Icelander fell to his death while mountain climbing in Norway on Sunday, according to mbl.is.

Jón Egill Kristjánsson, professor of meteorology at the University of Oslo, was on his way down the more than 2,000-meter-high (close to 6,800 ft) Falketind mountain in Årdal on Sunday afternoon when the accident occurred. He and his climbing partner used a cord at the height of 1,700 to 1,800 m (5,600-5,900 ft) and hooked it to an anchor that had been screwed into a rock. The anchor seems to have given way, causing Jón to fall 40 m (130 ft). He was an experienced mountaineer.

Jón had lived in Norway since the age of 18 and was well known for his research on climate change. He leaves behind a wife and a son.

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