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Icy paths at Geysir geothermal area: Two travellers slip taken to hospital after slipping yesterday

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  • Strokkur erupting Geysir geothermal area is one of the most popular destinations on the Golden Circle. Photo/GVA

Two foreign travellers were taken by ambulance to the hospital after slipping on icy walking paths in Geysir geothermal area yesterday. The two visitors are believed to have suffered broken bones. 

Visitors are warned the walking paths at the popular destination on the Golden Circle are extremely slippery and dangerous. Visitors are urged to use snow or ice traction cleats.

Walking paths at many popular tourist destinations in South Iceland are covered in ice, making them very dangerous. The lower path at Gullfoss waterfall was closed earlier this month due to ice and slippery conditions. In past years visitors have frequently ignored such closings.

Read more: Walking path to Gullfoss waterfall closed due to ice and dangerous conditions

The chief nature guard for South Iceland told the local newspaper Morgunblaðið that accidents are not very common at these sites, despite the large numbers of people who visit every day year round, during all kinds of weather. Many  travellers are woefull ill prepared for the conditions and weather he points out. 

The high level of humidity and mist at Gullfoss waterfall and in the Geysir geothermal area make it almost impossible to eliminate ice from the walking paths. Visitors are therefore asked to show extreme caution and to use cleats.

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