Just saw on Sky News
Depends a little on where you choose to picnic.
This kind of picnic can turn deadly.
This news report was on the TV in the USA where one of my sisters happened to see it.....she was positive it was us as we are here now in the west fjords and called the family. I received numerous emails and instant messages about this....IT WAS NOT US. Must have been the red coat....but, this report scared a lot of people.
Iceland is a beautiful country, and has enough ,,wild nature".
But it can be dangerous, and deadly, if you do not take care, have common sense or behave like a fool.
In the last few years, we have had:
At least two men died from entering unstable ice caves, and they collapsed and crushed them.
People have died from exposure and cold on the most popular mountain hiking trail, in the summer, One man was wearing jeans, got wet and died from cold.
Hundreds of tourists have had accidents when they lost control and drove off the road, rolled over, some have died.
In few years people have died when going ill prepared onto our glaciers, without trained ,,glacier guides".
One man almost died few days ago, when taking a hike up into the mountains, ill prepared badly dressed and inspite of bad weather. His bad judgement, could have been the end for him, but hundreds of voulanteers, and the coastguard helicopters and the local police force all joined in to search for him, and rescued him from sure death. I wonder how he is going to reward these people, and how much he valuates his own life.
Two men were lost on a glacier, and never found again. They didn´t let anyone know where they intended to go, and were possibly trying to save few Euros by not hiring a local guide. Nor did they ask for information or advise on the conditions of the glacier. Their families will never be able to bury their bodies !
A couple from Canada was lost in the highlands for one week last fall, they were ill prepared and had no way of communicating and call for help. They were found by coincident.
A family of five got stuck in the highlands last winter, and would have been is serious trouble, if it wouldn´t have been for the voulanteers of our rescue teams. They ignored warning signs.
A photographer fell to his death from Látrabjarg, when he got carried away, when photographing puffins.
Many people are rescued from glacial rivers every summer, when they get their vehicles stuck, knowing nothing about fording glacier rivers, or the ability of their vehicles.
People have been pulled out to sea by rouge waves, and have drowned.
People have been ,,on the edge" and fallen to great injury´s in landslide.
Almost everyday, during the summer, and way to often during the winter, people are being rescued from life threatening situations all over the country.
Most of this can be avoided by following rules, listening to locals, and using common sense. And first and foremost, respecting the wild and raw nature of Iceland.
Having said all of this, I wish you all a good and safe holiday in Iceland.
icelandicguide sums it up nicely. Fortunately I think that the majority of tourists follow common sense and are aware of that you should never put your foot on an ice, floating on or near a ice lagoon. Those tourists got lucky. In the best case they could have gotten very wet and cold, had the ice turned over and they managed to swim to shore. In the worst case they could have drowned. They may find it comical but in reality there is nothing comical about this. Iceland usually doesn't have guardrails and signs pointing out the obvious. Some people think that means they can do whatever they feel like and that they are immortal.
Thankfully those tourists got away safely. Let's hope no one tries to recreate this scene.
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