readily available with all emergency response services such as police,
fire brigades, ambulances and rescue teams. Save the number in your
Remember that even if your phone
appears to have no signal, still attempt to call if you need help.
Also, try to get onto the nearest high point and see whether you can get
phone services there. If it unfortunately happens that you have gotten
lost, try to phone 112. It’s important to remain at the same location
and never to wander about the area or try to find the way back. This
makes it more difficult for rescue teams to find you.
In each year of the last decade quite a few serious
accidents involving hikers have occurred. The unpredictable
Icelandic weather often comes as a surprise, but frequently
it is the hiker's overestimation of
his or her abilities or, conversely, an underestimation of
the conditions, which cause
trouble. All kinds of weather
conditions can be expected
on most highland hiking trails, and
sometimes markers are hidden by snow patches.
Those, who enter ice caves
always run great risks, because of cave ins.
In 1970 a few hikers died of
hypothermia hiking Mt pass Fimmvorduhals.
(A very popular hiking
trail between Skogar and Thorsmork)."