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Missing Israeli tourist found alive

An Israeli tourist in her twenties, reported missing on Saturday, was found alive yesterday in Hveragil ravine in Kverkfjöll mountains in the highlands north of Vatnajökull glacier. About 50 people had been searching for the woman.

Arna Ösp Magnúsardóttir, the ranger in charge of the cabin at Sigurdarskáli, found the woman. “She left [the cabin] on Friday and planned to go on foot through Hveragil and be back at noon on Saturday,” Magnúsardóttir told Morgunbladid.

“When she didn’t return I started worrying and at 11 pm on Saturday I contacted the [112] Emergency Helpline,” Magnúsardóttir said. “On Sunday morning I drove into Hveragil and found the woman.” It takes about two hours to drive from Sigurdarskáli cabin into the ravine.

Magnúsdóttir explained the woman had gotten lost in fog on Friday and decided to wait in her tent by a trail until someone found her, which, according to the ranger, was a wise course of action.

The woman was well prepared and in good shape, as she had spent the summer hiking the northeastern part of the Westfjords, Hornstrandir, and cycling around the central highlands.

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