In case of emergency…

It’s that time of year again in Iceland when tourists are putting themselves in danger and needing to be rescued by volunteers. Actually, this happens all year round, but there always seems to be more stories around now as summer quickly turns to winter.

There are emergency huts all over Iceland, particularly on mountains and more remote areas. You can imagine what a welcome sight one of these would be if you were lost or in a storm. They are a visual reminder that in Iceland, nature is the boss and not you!

On a Westfjords mountaintop, even orange is hard to see


12 thoughts on “In case of emergency…

  1. Yes, I totally agree. It’s a good reminder that you have to be careful. I read about the last weekend sandstorm disaster near Skaftafell where 10 tourist cars get damaged and the people were in deadly terror. Have a nice weekend. 🙂

  2. I wouldn’t so much mind idiots putting themselves at risk (and perhaps ending a line of idiots while doing so),, but I really resent their putting the lives of rescuers at risk. Does Iceland require visitors to certain high-risk areas to post a bond before entering? (a bond that would help pay for the financial costs, if not human lives, involved in resuing them)

  3. Hello!
    I’m a visual artist and I’m in Iceland doing a project about the dangers of nature, and about how threatening nature can be. I really want to make pictures of the emergency huts. Do you know about emercency huts around Olafsfjordur or Akureyri that I can safely visit? I don’t want to use them. I just want to take pictures and if possible see a list of the supplies inside. Is there any map with the locations of the huts?
    Thank you!

    • Any detailed map of Iceland will feature them. If you’re actually in Iceland just have a look in a book shop at the maps section and I would think you’d be safe with just about any road map – just double check the features listed before you buy.

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