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Tourist Rescued from Kirkjufell Mountain

The search and rescue team Klakkur in Grundarfjörður on Snæfellsnes peninsula, West Iceland, was called out to Kirkjufell at around 8 pm last night after a foreign tourist got stuck on the mountain.

The man was walking on the southern part of the mountain when he lost his way in the dark and didn’t trust himself to find his way back down.

The search and rescue workers found him 350 to 400 meters up the 469-meter (1,539-feet) high mountain, as stated in a press release from ICE-SAR (Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue).

The information that the search and rescue team first received indicated that someone had fallen down the mountain. As a result, specialized search and rescue workers were called out, as well as the Coast Guard helicopter but then quickly sent back once it became clear that the individual had not fallen.

Kirkjufell is a popular place to view the northern lights.

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