Published June 8, 2021
Iceland’s civil defence relies heavily on local search and rescue (SAR) teams, highly-trained volunteers who undertake a huge range of tasks from searching for missing people to mountain rescue and disaster response.
They’ve been particularly busy these past few months, helping visitors at the ever-shifting and potentially dangerous Geldingadalsgos volcano site. The Grapevine joined a search and rescue team from the nearby town of Kópavogur for an evening patrol.
The hike to site
Volunteers and volcano visitors
Squad safety stuff
One last look before we go
Burgers from the tailgate BBQ
The sun sets on another successful shift
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