The man who was found dead by Sprengisandsleið north of Vatnsfell last Friday was a Czech citizen, born in 1975. He was travelling by bicycle, on his own, and his family were notified with the help of the Czech consul the same day, as reported by the South Iceland police.
Nothing was found to suggest that the man’s death was a result of criminal activity but an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow. The man had been travelling around West and North Iceland, as well as over well-known highland paths. He was travelling the Sprengisandur route from Askja to Landmannalaugar.
The South Iceland police were notified of two additional deaths last week, which are being investigated as is customary when deaths occur outside of hospitals and healthcare facilities. In these cases, an autopsy is performed, unless the cause of death can be indisputably determined or the deceased’s medical history is such that an autopsy is deemed unnecessary.