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Tourists Put Themselves in Grave Danger at Glacial Lagoon

Tourists were found putting themselves in grave danger yesterday by climbing onto the icebergs in Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, Southeast Iceland. The ice can flip over without warning, leaving anyone standing on the ice to potentially plunge into the ice-cold lagoon.

Tourists in danger at Jökulsárlón

Photos: Owen Hunt/Facebook.

Photography tour guide Owen Hunt took these photographs of people climbing onto the ice while leaving their children unsupervised. A couple of weeks ago he saw a man walk out 300 meters on the ice to take photos. Owen posted these images on his Facebook page with the following message: “Dedicated to the idiots who risk their lives and their children by venturing onto the ice at the Jökulsárlón. And of course to the parents who left their children unsupervised!”

Tourists in danger at Jökulsárlón

Owen, who visits the lagoon often, told ruv.is that people sometimes don’t seem to understand the great risks involved in trying to climb onto the icebergs, warning that they can flip over at any moment and that it is likely that anyone who was standing on the ice would become stuck in the lagoon, underneath the iceberg. Attempting to save anyone from the lagoon can also be potentially life-threatening, he added.

Oddný Kristínardóttir, supervisor at the lagoon café, said that she has witnessed many examples of people trying to climb onto the ice, despite warning signs and advice from café staff and guides.

Earlier this week, it was reported that tourists are putting themselves in danger on Reynisfjara beach by walking into the sea to take photographs. In 2007, a tourist died after being swept out to sea.

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