Two hikers who, were reported missing in the West Fjords late last night, have been found safe and sound, RÚV reports. ICE-SAR, Iceland's search and rescue squad, was called out around 11 pm when the pair failed to show up at their planned destination at the scheduled time. By 1 am, however, they had been found.
The hikers were supposed to leave from Syðridalur valley near the village of Bolungarvík, break their trip at the light house Galtarviti, and then end the day’s journey in Súgandafjörður. They were found at the lighthouse in good health and simply had not been able to get phone reception to report their change of plans, according to Jón Arnar Gestsson, the operations manager of ICE-SAR in the West Fjords. Jón Arnar did not have any information about why the hikers had decided to stay at Galtarviti longer than expected.
Hikers are encouraged to register their travel plans with safetravel.is and to report any planned changes whenever possible. Safetravel.is also offers a free smartphone app that allows hikers to check in regularly along their route and/or send an emergency message with their most current GPS coordinates. This feature generally works even when the phone shows little or no cell phone signal.