Icelandic Mountaineer Dies in Norway Skip to content

Icelandic Mountaineer Dies in Norway

By Iceland Review

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

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.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!