Lonely Planet Writer

Tourists saved from drifting iceberg in Iceland

A group of almost 50 tourists who became trapped on a drifting ice floe in southeast Iceland have been rescued.

Jökulsárlón lagoon.
Jökulsárlón lagoon. Image by Almir de Freitas / CC BY 2.0

They had wandered onto the ice at the popular Jökulsárlón lagoon to get a closer look at a herd of seals a few hundred metres from land, when the floe began to drift into the ocean. They were eventually rescued by a search and rescue team from Hornarfjord. Several warnings about stepping onto sea ice have been issued in Iceland in recent weeks. Iceland’s wilderness is largely unmarked by fences and safety signs, but safety signs are planned for Jökulsárlón.