Search and rescue squads were called out yesterday for an injured hiker at Kirkjufell mountain on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
This is the second time in as many months that a traveller has come to harm on Kirkjufell. Last month, a man died in a fall from the mountain, and just over a year ago, the same fate befell a Polish woman who was hiking the cliffs.
Yesterday’s incident, according to the West Iceland police, involved a woman, most likely French. A Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched, along with five specialized mountain search and rescue operatives.
According to Snæfellsnes Search and Rescue regional director Einar Strand, the squad reached the woman around 7:30 PM last night. She had fallen in a location not far from where the fatal accident occurred last month.
Despite inclement weather, the rescue team was able to get the woman onto their helicopter, getting her safely out of the area just after 8:10 PM.
Kirkjufell is one of the most recognized and photographed landmarks in Iceland. It is a stark and spectacular sight to behold, but great care must always be taken as it is a very dangerous location. Travellers are advised to climb Kirkjufell only with an experienced local guide.