The Courier-Mail

Tourist spot claims Coast girl in plunge Tributes flow for bright uni student

- PETER HALL

A SUNSHINE Coast mum has paid tribute to her daughter who fell 400m off a cliff dubbed “the scariest Instagram spot on Earth”.

Kristi Kafcaloudi­s, a bright and much-loved 24-year-old student, died when she slipped on a loose rock and toppled from the narrow Norwegian ledge. Her mother Milli, of Yandina, said her daughter had been taking scenic photos at the time.

The towering precipice known as Trolltunga, which translates to Troll’s Tongue, is a “bucket list” tourist favourite. Travel websites say it provides a “frightenin­g” backdrop for pictures and authoritie­s have responded to 15 accidents this year.

Mrs Kafcaloudi­s said her Monash University student daughter had taken up an internatio­nal exchange at the University of Bergen.

“Kristi had only arrived in Norway in August to do an overseas semester as part of her degree,” Mrs Kafcaloudi­s said.

“Kristi was a real humanitari­an. One of her university subjects was genocide. She had done a TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) course and hoped to work as a volunteer with asylum seekers.”

Mrs Kafcaloudi­s said the accident happened on Saturday at 7pm, but the family was only informed by Eumundi police on Monday.

“Because of the rugged terrain in that area of Norway, and nightfall, it took rescue crews 21 hours to retrieve Kristi,” she said.

“It was just one of those awful accidents. She was taking a photo and just slipped and fell about 400m.

“We are only consoled by the fact that Kristi was doing what she loved with her friends and living a life full of adventure and dreams – but we are mortified by the loss of such a talented and lovely young woman with her whole life before her.”

A Monash spokesman said the university was liaising with the family and Australian and Norwegian officials to provide support.

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