It’s proving hard to get the message to tourists to show caution at the most popular tourist destinations. Yesterday, musician Gylfi Blöndal witnessed several people jump out onto the ice in Jölulsárlón glacial lagoon. He captured a photo of the incident, which he posted on the Facebook page Bakland ferðaþjónustunnar, where the discussion about tourist safety has been lively lately. “Totally unbelievable,” he writes in his comment, “Just before I took the photo, there were also people there with children, about 10 to 12 years old.”
On Reynisfjara beach. Photo: Stefán Helgi Valsson.
Stefán Helgi Valsson, a tourist guide, witnessed some close calls on Reynisfjara beach February 1, which he photographed. He caught, among others, a photo of an elderly woman who had fallen as a wave unexpectedly hit her. A guide came to her rescue where she lay soaked on the beach. He also captured a photo of a couple who had fallen when they were inundated by a wave as they were taking pictures, using a tripod.
On Friday, last week, three men needed the assistance of police to get out of trouble on Reynisfjara beach, because they were trapped by waves when they went exploring a cave.
Stefán Helgi told RÚV he has never seen so many tourists at this time of year. “I’ve been a guide for 29 years and I’ve never seen as many tourists. The numbers at Gullfoss resemble what they used to be on a bright summer day a few years ago.”