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Seventy-Year-Old Footbridge Collapses in Storm

A nearly 70-year-old footbridge from Illikambur over to the Múlaskáli hut in the Lónsöræfi wilderness area has collapsed, RÚV reports. The guy ropes holding up the bridge appear to have given way during a storm at the beginning of the year.

Few travellers make their way into Lónsöræfi, a remote and expansive nature preserve in Southeast Iceland that is nonetheless known for its majestic nature and one-of-kind hiking trails. The reason for this is that the area is not accessible by regular car. Hikers wishing to stop over at the Múlaskáli hut have, then, needed to pick their way along the Illikambur ridge, holding onto a guide chain for balance, and then walking over the footbridge, which was suspended over the powerful Jökulsá river.

The whole route used to take about an hour, but now that the bridge has collapsed, it’s impassable.

See a picture of the collapsed bridge, on the RÚV website, here.

 

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