glacier lagoon

Group stuck on Ice Floe

Incredibly just under fifty tourists got stuck on an ice floe on the Glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón, just after reports about possible danger stemming from such behavior from a variety of news outlets today.

The rescue association of Hornarfjord was promptly called out to the Lagoon. According to a statement from the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue forty to fifty individuals were stuck out on the ice floe drifting away from land. They didn’t think the people were in immediate danger and the search and rescue team rushed to the location. At about 4.30 pm the travelers were all safely on land again. They had wanted to take a closer look at a group of seals 300-400 meters out on the ice.

Friðrik Jónas Friðriksson, chairman of the Search and Rescue branch from Hornafjord said that a couple of hundred people were on the location enjoying the sunny day by the lagoon on the south cost. He said that in a way he could understand the tourists desire to go out on the ice; there are no clear markings to point out the danger, but that is soon to be mended.

(Image from collection)