Man Rescued From Kirkjufell Mountain - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Man Rescued From Kirkjufell Mountain

Published October 14, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photos by
Steve Bennett

Rescue Team Klakkur from Grundafjörður saved a tourist lost on Kirkjufell mountain last night, reports Vísir.

The man was hiking on the southern side of the mountain and lost his way after sundown. Not trusting himself to make his way down on his own, he wisely called for help. The rescue team found him at an altitude of about 450 metres.

When the rescue team was first alerted of the incident they were told a man had fallen and therefore far more emergency service workers were called to the scene than necessary.

Even the Coast Guard’s helicopter set off to help but that was cancelled once the rescue workers got a real measure of the situation.

The Icelandic countryside can be treacherous and it’s important to be safe. You should always be sure to leave your travel plan with someone who can react if you don’t return from your trip, ensure you have the right equipment and make sure to study crevasse maps if applicable. Check out Safe Travel for more information.


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