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Kirkjufell mountain in west Iceland
Photo: Golli. Kirkjufell mountain in west Iceland.

Fatal Accident on Mt. Kirkjufell

A hiker died on Mt. Kirkjufell on the Snæfellsnes peninsula yesterday, RÚV reports.

According to Jón S. Ólason, Chief of Police in Akranes, the man had been hiking with a group of travellers, nearing the summit, when he fell at least 10 meters. He died instantly. The accident occurred at 3.30 PM yesterday. It took two hours for the Coast Guard’s helicopter, on its way back from Þórshöfn, to arrive at the scene. The man, a tourist of foreign nationality, was in his early thirties.

This is the second time in four years that a hiker dies on Mt. Kirkjufell, a 463-metre high mountain on the north coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, near the town of Grundarfjörður, in West Iceland.

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