Two foreign tourists who intended to ski across Vatnajökull glacier called the 112 emergency hotline this morning, requesting assistance getting down from the glacier. Search and rescue picked up their traveling companion on Tuesday after he had fallen ill.
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Travelers visiting the beach Djúpalónssandur on Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland risked their lives by standing too close to the surf on two occasions on Saturday. Giant waves crashed over the people and started pulling them out to sea.
Search and rescue associations were called out yesterday evening to track down two groups of travelers in dismal weather conditions; two men who were located north of Mýrdalsjökull in the southern highlands and three others who were traveling the northern highlands. All men were found before...
Members of search and rescue Víkverji in Vík in South Iceland were called out on Monday evening after a foreign tourist didn’t board a bus he had booked a fare with. The man had intended to hike across Reynisfjall mountain and walk Reynisfjara beach earlier in the day.
The seven travelers, five adults and two children, whose jeeps became stuck in the northern highlands last night, are now on their way to Akureyri accompanied by emergency vehicles. They are unharmed.
An extensive search and rescue operation has been ongoing in North Iceland since last night. Members of ICE-SAR were called out to assist seven people, thereof two children, who were traveling on three jeeps northeast of Laugafell in the highlands above Eyjafjörður.
An avalanche fell in the slope above the road Urðarvegur in Ísafjörður, the West Fjords, yesterday afternoon. Two men were caught by the avalanche, one of whom ended up with a fractured arm. The other man escaped unharmed.
A woman was saved from the ocean yesterday morning after her car ran off the pier at Miðbakki harbor in Reykjavík. She was taken to the Landspítali National University Hospital emergency room and the doctor on duty described her condition as critical.
Search and rescue volunteers faced a life-threatening situation when two avalanches fell in the slopes of mountain Esja outside Reykjavík during a rescue operation on Sunday evening. Two of the volunteers were tossed 80 meters (262 feet) with the second avalanche, one of them injuring his leg....
A total of 92 member associations of ICE-SAR (the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue) with 2,468 volunteers participated in 1,500 operations in 2014, including the highland watch, responding to 12,194 callouts, as stated in a press release from ICE-SAR.
The above picture was taken by Iceland Review Online – Deutsch contributor Dagmar Trodler on the Hellisheiði mountain pass connecting Reykjavík and Hveragerði in South Iceland shortly before the road was closed last night.
The Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Týr is towing a tramp steamer which was abandoned by its crew off the southeast coast of Italy with 450 people, thought to be from Syria, onboard.
Search and rescue association Blanda from Blönduós, Northwest Iceland, was called out shortly after 3 am last night because of a small rental Renault Megane which was stuck on the highland road across Kjölur north of Hveravellir.
The Icelandic Met Office’s warning of a southwest strong gale wind with an average speed of more than 20 m/s will be valid for North Iceland until noon today. Iceland Review editor and photographer Páll Stefánsson caught the following images of the storm yesterday.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued a warning as a major storm is expected to hit Iceland on Sunday afternoon and last until late on Monday. The wind speed might reach 20-30 m/s on Sunday, or 110 km/h (65 m/h). On Monday, squalls near mountains might reach 50 m/s, or 180 km/h (112 m/h).
The man reported missing on Sunday afternoon was found dead on Miðnesheiði outside the security fence of Keflavík International Airport at noon yesterday. The initial news indicated that he might have been alive. Search and rescue volunteers had searched for him the entire night.
The foreign citizen reported missing yesterday was found outside the fence of Keflavík International Airport at noon today. Paramedics were called out to estimate the man’s condition. Overall, 111 search and rescue members took part in the search.
Between 70 and 80 search and rescue volunteers are searching for a man who was reported missing yesterday afternoon. The man, who is a foreign citizen on a visit to his relatives in the country, is believed to be lost on Reykjanes peninsula, Southwest Iceland.
Up to 100 people, search and rescue volunteers, police officers and firefighters, took part in a search for a vehicle a witness observed running into the Ölfusá river in Selfoss, South Iceland, between 10 and 11 last night. They searched through the night but with no luck.
The search and rescue squad Ok in Borgarfjörður, West Iceland, was called out to assist foreign tourists who were stuck in their car on a mountain road in Kaldidalur valley above Húsafell in the western highlands on Saturday.
A truck blew off the road on the Ring Road on Hellisheiði mountain pass leading from Reykjavík to Hveragerði and South Iceland yesterday evening, as can be seen in the following video. A bus also blew off the road, as the wind speed reached 23 meters per second.
Cargo ship Green Freezer ran aground on a skerry by Fáskrúðsfjörður, the East Fjords, yesterday evening. An attempt will be made to tow it loose at high tide tonight. Another transport vessel, Akrafell, ran aground at a similar location recently, the future of which is...
Transport vessel Akrafell, which ran aground between Reyðarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður in East Iceland early on Saturday morning, could finally be floated at midnight and was towed to harbor in Eskifjörður.