Nybergsund


Denmark and Norway were attacked by Germany on April 9. The Norwegian government and King Haakon VII fled from Oslo to Hamar but the rapid advance of the Germans forced them to flee to Elverum. In Elverum, the government was given a mandate to govern the country until the Stortinget could meet again. On April 10, German envoy Curt Brauer made a request to the king to surrender and appoint the Norwegian nazi sympathizer Vidkun Quisling as new prime minister. The king met the same day with the government, which was now in Nybergsund near Trysil, where he emotionally informed about the German demands. The government responded by rejecting the German demands and continuing the fight. On April 11, Nybergsund was attacked by a German bomber and the king and the rest of the party sought shelter in the nearby forest. The king then lived on the run until early June when he and the crown prince fled by sea to Britain.

Current status: Monument (2017).

Location: 61°15'44.86" N 12°19'15.92" E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

It was in Nybergsund that the famous and classic photo was taken of a light running king on his way to the forest to seek refuge from the German aircraft’s bombs. Exactly where I do not know. The place has therefore been aptly named Kongeparken and is beautifully located next to Klaralven beach. The park consists of both monuments and information boards and its strategic location next to road 26 (to and from Trysil) certainly contributes to people stopping by.

Follow up in books: Greene, Jack, Massignani, Alessandro: Hitler Strikes North: The Nazi Invasion of Norway & Denmark, April 9, 1940 (2013).