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Accidents, Search and Rescue

Slideshow: Yesterday's rescue operation at mt. Grímsfjall in Vatnajökull glacier

By Staff

  • At the scene ICE-SAR reached the men's location at daybreak at 3:00 in the morning. Photo/Björgunarfélag Hornafjarðar

  • Mt. Grímsfjall Grímsvötn is one of the major volcanic systems buried beneath Vatnajökull Photo/Björgunarfélag Hornafjarðar

  • The location of the beacon The origin of the emergency signal in the steep hills of Grímsfjall suggested the men were in serious distress.  Photo/Björgunarfélag Hornafjarðar

  • Getting to the hikers The two hikers had sought shelter from the elements by digging themselves into the snow. Photo/Björgunarfélag Hornafjarðar

  • Wet and cold The hikers had done everything right under extreme conditions. Photo/Björgunarfélag Hornafjarðar

  • Out of the hole The men lost much of their equipment in the avalanche Photo/Björgunarfélag Hornafjarðar

  • Safe and sound 150 ICE-SAR members participated in the search. Photo/Björgunarfélag Hornafjarðar

  • The other hiker Both men were experienced hikers. Photo/Björgunarfélag Hornafjarðar

  • Safe at the cabin The rescuers and the hikers spent the remainder of the night at an emergency cabin. Photo/Björgunarfélag Hornafjarðar

  • Well earned rest The whole operation took nearly 17 hours. Photo/Björgunarfélag Hornafjarðar

Members of Björgunarfélag Hornafjarðar, one of the local companies that make up ICE-SAR, shared the above photos of yesterday's rescue operation at Vatnajökull glacier on Facebook. The two hikers, both Romanian nationals, were experienced mountaineers who had done everything correctly, according to a spokesman for ICE-SAR.

Read more: Two foreign hikers rescued on Vatnajökull glacier after difficult search in extreme conditions

We at Iceland Magazine salute our heroes and celebrate yet another successful rescue operation by ICE-SAR.

We would also like to use the opportunity to remind people to prepare appropriately before setting off hiking in Iceland: Be prepared for the weather and conditions to change abruptly, leave a detailed itinerary with safetravel.is, check travel warnings and the weather, and remember that the Central Highlands, mountain heaths and the glaciers are NOT suitable for inexperienced or poorly prepared hikers. 

ICE-SAR manned by volunteers and is fully funded by public donations. You can make a donation here.

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