Tourists Lose Car In Jökulsárlón - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Tourists Lose Car In Jökulsárlón

Published November 3, 2016

Photos by
Art Bicnick

A couple who paid a visit to Jökulsárlón on the last day of their trip in Iceland were met with an unpleasant surprise when they witnessed their own rental car sinking into the lagoon.

Vísir reports that tour guide Jónas Jónasson was at the scene with a group of his own when the incident took place.

“We were struck by fear at first,” Jónas told reporters. “We thought that there was someone in the car, that it had been a suicide. It was something out of the blue.”

Shortly thereafter, a couple joined the group, and asked, “Is it our car?”

It turned out that it was indeed their car. Jónas called the police at once. Although the couple were themselves unscathed, all of their belongings – including their luggage, passports and airline tickets – were in the car, and they were quite upset at the possibility of losing everything to the lagoon.

Before long, the car sank into the lagoon. Although the couple contend they had put the handbrake on the car before getting out, the brake had clearly become disengaged somehow, rolling towards the water and into the lagoon. The question still remains how the car was able to roll all the way into the water without anyone noticing or attempting to stop it.

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