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Police Warn Travelers about New Glacial Lagoon

The police in Hvolsvöllur have issued a warning regarding a new lagoon which has formed at the tail of Gígjökull, a part of Eyjafjallajökull, on the way to the popular outdoor recreation area Thórsmörk.


Jökulsárlón, Iceland’s most famous glacial lagoon. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The police encourage people who move close to the glacier to be mindful of hazards around such lagoons, mbl.is reports.

“It is more or less ice covered by a thin layer of gravel. If people […] fall into the water, there is slippery ice below the surface. It is unlikely that people will manage to get out of the water unless armed with ice cleats and an ice ax—which people usually don’t carry with them,” the warning reads.

It is also pointed out that the water is very cold in such places so this is “deadly serious”. It’s best to keep a long rope at hand in case of accidents but preferably, people should stay out of trouble, the police say.

They also stress that off-road driving is prohibited.

The old lagoon by Gígjökull flooded during the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull last year.

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