An avalanche in Norway has left five people dead and another victim hospitalized, authorities have confirmed with the media.

Police told the Associated Press that four Swiss and one French citizen have been confirmed dead. A sixth victim, also a Swiss, was dug out and taken to hospital, police spokesman Morten Pettersen told the news organization.

Monday's avalanche happened near Tromsoe, which is located on Norway's Arctic coast.

Police said the tourists were reportedly part of a group of 12 who were out skiing when the incident happened.

Police told the Agence France-Presse that the avalanche occurred at an altitude of about 1,000 metres (about 3,300 feet) on the Sorbmegaisa mountain in the Kaafjord municipality.

Some 30 rescue workers along with dogs and several helicopters were then dispatched to the area to conduct rescue operation.  The AFP also noted that F-16 fighter jets were also deployed to help observe the site.