The four missing persons was last seen when they were on the way up the mountain at about 1400 meters altitude. Another man in the society were at a lower altitude when he is at two-time saw them the last time, according to Morten Augensen, operationsledare at Troms Police district.
"He was concerned that he was not allowed contact with them, and he saw several landslides in the area," he says.
, in which the persons last seen, has been hit by several smaller avalanches during the day, reports the Norwegian news agency NTB. Lavinfaran in the area specified still be high.
– It is very highly located and difficult, but we have a helicopter from university hospital of North-Norway, and one from Finnmark, several ngos, also helps, " says Morten Augensen.
the Search area is located about a thousand meters of altitude. The temperature is around five degrees below freezing, and the darkness hampers the rescue operation. None of the missing persons are yet found, and the operation will continue during the evening.
" We do continuous evaluations but we're working as long as there are hopes of finding them. But it is pitch dark so it is very difficult, and we need to think about safety.
"We have been in contact with the Swedish authorities and have informed that we have a rescue operation in time," says Morten Augensen, who announces that it is not up to date with the Swedish participation in the rescue operations.
the Norwegian border to Sweden and Finland.
– It is very popular among fjälltursentusiaster, it is beautiful but also very dangerous, " says Morten Augensen.
Initially, it was reported that the four swedes were missing, but Morten Augensen confirms that the three of them are finns.