|June 6, 2018
The end of the road The tourists got to safety but the car was destroyed. Photo / Icelandic Travel Association
To the rescue Rangers from Langidal pulled the car out. Photo / Icelandic Travel Association
Completely submerged The travelers managed to choose one of the worst places on the river. Photo / Icelandic Travel Association
“Do not worry, be sexy” Sometimes sex appeal does not replace information gathering and experience … Photo / Ferðafélag Íslands
The above photos were taken by Park Ranger in Þórsmörk valley on the edge of the central highlands. Þórsmörk is a popular destination for its magnificent beauty and hiking trails. It is the starting / end point of the two most popular hiking trails, Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls. Reaching Þórsmörk can be a bit difficult as the road to Þórsmörk has several unbridged rivers.
The most difficult of these is Krossá, which requires a large number of vehicles each year.
A group of foreign travelers who were riding in a caravan recently tried to cross Krossá. The people chose the worst place they could find and tried to cross the river narrowly. A safe passage is only a few meters below.
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Halla Einarsdóttir, a ranger located in Langidal hut in Þórsmörk, told the local newspaper Morgunblaðið that she and other rangers in the park regularly pulled cars from the river: “This has happened several times in recent weeks,” she says, adding that it is first and foremost foreign travelers who seem to be stuck.
“There are all sorts of reasons why people get stuck. Some people do not drive a 4×4 or are driving cars that are simply not suitable for crossing the river, or they do not know how to read the river or do not see the crossing, where it is safest. to try to get through. “
She emphasized that inexperienced drivers should seek help and assistance before attempting to cross: Call the ranger at Langidal hut on tel. 354 893 1191 for advice and information on conditions in the river before attempting to cross. Krossá.
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