"Totally irresponsible" tourists go iceberg-hopping with their kids at Iceland's Jökulsárlón lagoon
This photo has caused quite a stir in Iceland today. It was taken on Sunday and shows adults and children walking between icebergs at Jökulsárlón lagoon. Photo: Gylfi Blöndal
A great number of tourists ventured out onto the icebergs at Jökulsárlón lagoon, East Iceland, on Sunday. The incident is not unique according to tour guide Gylfi Blöndal at Icelimo Luxury Travel who took the photograph and published it on travel site Bakland Ferðaþjónustunnar.
The photo shows a group of adults and children walking onto icebergs floating on the lagoon.
No warning signs are, however, visible at the Jökulsárlón lagoon with Icelanders possibly assuming that noone would think of an idea such as going iceberg-hopping with their children there.
"We had to hang up a piece of paper which we printed ourselves with the words:Warning: Do not go out on the ice,"
says Helga Guðnadóttir who works in the Jökulsárlón café, the only place open at the lagoon during the winter. "During the summer period we're out on the lagoon and can pull people out of the water if they full in. Now I feel really guilty that I'm not waching over them or warning them."
Guðnadóttir was told by her coworkers and the landowners that people were doing this at their own risk and that it wasn't the responsibility of the staff working at the café. "But it's hard to do nothing. I tell people to get off the ice immediately, that it's really dangerous. But I can't do anything more than that. She adds that the tourists who go onto the ice are always the ones travelling independently, and not on a guided tour.