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Glacier Accident Will Be Investigated

The District Commissioner of Selfoss is planning to investigate the cause of the accident on Langjökull glacier on Sunday where a mother and son from Scotland on a ski-doo trip lost track of their traveling companions and were lost in a blizzard for hours.

Fortunately, the tourists were found unharmed. “When accidents occur […] police are entitled to investigate them to shed light on the events leading up to it,” Selfoss District Commissioner Ólafur Helgi Kjartansson told ruv.is.

There are no uniform laws or regulations on the operations of travel agencies that offer glacier tours; each company has its own regulations.

Kjartansson said there is full reason to look into whether uniform regulations should be established to increase safety on glacier tours.

Gylfi Saevarsson, managing director and owner of snowmobile.is, the travel agency which organized the tour to Langjökull when the accident occurred, told ruv.is that the accident will be investigated internally, regulations reviewed and equipment improved if necessary.

Saevarsson, who was also one of the guides on the tour, explained that the tourists had been looking at an ice cave in Jarlhettudalur valley by the glacier in fairly good weather on Sunday afternoon. When they left the weather worsened in a matter of five minutes.

Saevarsson said his company’s employees estimate the conditions every single day and they are familiar with the weather patterns of the area.

On Sunday, stormy weather had been forecast for the evening and it was supposed to worsen the following day, Saevarsson explained. Therefore all tours were canceled yesterday.

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