Norway has been forced to close a major highway in the Arctic
after reindeer invaded a road tunnel seeking refuge from
unusually high temperatures.
"Our maintenance crew attempted to chase the reindeer out of
the tunnel but it's hopeless; after a few hours they're
back," Tor Inge Hellander, the head of maintenance for the
road authority told local paper Finnmark Dagblad.
Temperatures in the area exceeded 22degC on Monday (local
time) and are not expected to fall until Friday, capping one
of Norway's warmest summers on record.
Drivers must take a detour on a country road around the 2.3km
Stallogargo tunnel to reach Hammerfest, home to Europe's only
LNG liquefaction facility.
"When it's hot, the reindeer come into the tunnel but
experience shows they leave as soon as it gets colder,"
Hellander said. "We can't keep people there 24 hours a day to
Temperatures peaked at 29degC in the area earlier this summer
and have stayed above the long-term trend since mid-May.