Travelers in Trouble in Iceland’s Rough Terrain Skip to content

Travelers in Trouble in Iceland’s Rough Terrain

Two tourists from Belgium ran into trouble yesterday when they entered a closed road leading to Lónsöræfi in southeast Iceland and tried to cross the river Skyndidalsá on a small SUV.


The photo was shot after the tourists had been rescued from the roof of the car stuck in Skyndidalsá. Courtesy of ICE-SAR.

Their vehicle got stuck in the river and the tourists climbed out of the windows and onto the roof, where they were stranded until members of the search and rescue association ICE-SAR came to their assistance. Afterwards the car was towed out of the river.

Two other travelers, one native and one foreign, got their car stuck by Mt. Hrafntinnusker near Landmannalaugar in the south-central highlands yesterday, as reported in a press release from ICE-SAR.

Members of ICE-SAR came to their rescue and drove them to Hella—where they were scheduled to arrive at 4 am—with the car in tow, as it was disabled.

Also, Vörður, an emergency vessel run by ICE-SAR, towed a boat to harbor whose engine had failed off Patreksfjörður in the West Fjords last night. Weather conditions were favorable and the operation went smoothly.

The past days have been busy among ICE-SAR’s volunteers. The association would like to remind everyone to be careful and register their travel plans on

Callouts often include hikers, such as a foreign tourist who on Monday fractured his ankle by the waterfall Glymur in west Iceland and was taken by Coast Guard helicopter to hospital in Reykjavík, reports.

Click here to read the story of a British hiker who was rescued by members of ICE-SAR after a serious fall.


Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!

Share article