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Hundreds of Tourists Stuck in Buses in East Iceland

Tourists in four buses, approximately 300 people, were trapped on the mountain pass Fjarðarheiði leading from Egilsstaðir to Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland yesterday evening due to slippery road conditions.

seydisfj-norraena_psThe Norræna ferry in Seyðisfjörður. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

The tourists had arrived with the Norræna ferry to Seyðisfjörður and had gone on a daytrip to the Hérað region. In the meantime, the steep pass became so icy that the drivers were unable to take the people back to the ferry by bus, ICE-SAR reports.

Search and rescue were called out to drive the tourists on smaller and safer vehicles. No accidents occurred but some of the tourists were very frightened and were provided with crisis council by the Icelandic Red Cross onboard Norræna.

One of the buses was driven to Seyðisfjörður after it had been emptied but the others were left parked on the mountain pass.

ESA

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