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Missing Hiker Found Dead in Fimmvörðuháls Hiking Trail

A man in his sixties was found dead at the Fimmvörðuháls hiking trail in South Iceland yesterday. Hiking conditions have been difficult over the past few days.

Difficult hiking conditions

A man in his sixties was found dead yesterday at Fimmvörðuháls in South Iceland, one of the most popular hiking trails in the country. The man, who was of foreign origin, was an Icelandic resident. His death is not believed to have occurred under suspicious circumstances.

As noted by RÚV, the last contact with the man was on Sunday, Easter Day, when he mentioned his plans to hike to the Baldvinsskáli mountain hut. The police were notified at noon yesterday that the man had not returned to work after Easter. His car was found in the parking area at Skógar, prompting the call for the assistance of rescue teams, which were subsequently dispatched from the towns of Hvolsvöllur and Hella. A helicopter from the Icelandic Coast Guard was also dispatched, which eventually spotted the man from the air.

In a statement, the police noted that the weather conditions at Fimmvörðuháls had been poor over the last few days, making hiking conditions unfavourable.

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