Travelers rescued from Fimmvörðuháls hiking trail: Too tired and cold to finish hike

Photo : Lilja Björk Baldursdóttir


Two foreign travelers who were attempting to hike Fimmvörðuháls trail, a high mountain pass which crosses between Eyjaflallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers, were rescued early morning by members of ICE-SAR. The people called for help at 4 am, requesting assistance as they were too cold and tired to continue on their trek. Conditions on Fimmvörðuháls were everything but ideal: Cold weather, high winds, sleet and snow had worn the hikers down.

According to the National Broadcasting Service ICE-SAR received a distress call at four in the morning from the group. The people, who are foreign travelers, had managed to pitch their tent but were wet, cold and too tired to continue the hike. They were unable to give their rescuers a precise location. Members of ICE-SAR on ski-doos managed to locate the people. The rescuers had reached the people shortly before eight. The people had reached Morinsheiði heath when they were overcome by the elements.

A helicopter from the Icelandic Coast Guard had been dispatched to airlift the people to safety, but was forced to land at Básar highland cabin due to weather. The ski-doo team which had reached the people gave them a fresh set of dry clothes and escorted them to safety.

Source :

Iceland Mag

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