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Female tourist finds herself on Iceland. The woman joined the 50-person search party after being reported missing on a coach trip on the Nordic island.

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Female tourist finds herself on Iceland

Published on Saturday, 15th March, 2014 at 08:45 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 15th March 2014 at 09:24.

The woman joined the 50-person search party after being reported missing on a coach trip on the Nordic island.

The Eldgjá canyon floor
Eldgjá measures 600 metres wide by some 200 metres deep at its greatest. The Eldgjá canyon floor
Photo: Andreas Tille/Wikimedia Commons


She was among the group of tourists who were travelling through Iceland on the tour bus, which stopped near the volcanic canyon of Eldgjá in the southern highlands.

The incident occurred when the woman left the vehicle to freshen up and change her clothes. However, the other passengers failed to recognize her once she returned to the vehicle.

There was soon talk of a missing passenger amongst the party, reported Icelandic news site mbl.is.

A description of the person was shared, but the believed missing woman failed to note the similarities between her and the details.

A team of around 50 people joined the search, checking the area by vehicle and on foot, and the Icelandic Coast guard was preparing its own search party to help.

It was about 3 am when someone in the search party finally realized that the missing woman was in fact amongst them looking for her. The search was then called off.

“The voluntary rescue teams in Iceland were asked to assist in this search as well as the Icelandic Coast Guard helicopter”, Iceland Coast Guard press spokesperson Hrafnhildur Brynja Stefánsdóttir told The Foreigner, “but fortunately they realised the misunderstanding before they initiated a major Search and Rescue operation.”

Eldgjá is the world’s largest volcanic canyon, measuring 600 metres wide and some 200 metres deep in parts (about 1,968 by 656 feet). It and the Katla volcano form part of the same volcanic system.

The eruptive fissure of Eldgjá is to be found between Kirkjubæjarklaustur and Landmannalaugar. It was formed in a volcanic eruption in 934 A.D.

Eldgjá’s lava field covers some 700 square metres (roughly 7,534 square feet), and is among the most prodigious lava-fields on earth since the last ice age.

Icelandic geologist and geographer Þorvaldur Thoroddsen (1855-1921) discovered Eldgjá in 1893.



Published on Saturday, 15th March, 2014 at 08:45 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 15th March 2014 at 09:24.

This post has the following tags: tourism, iceland, missingwoman.





  
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