Tourist hire car plunges into Iceland glacier lagoon

Photo: Jónas Jónasson

Tourists at Iceland’s iconic Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon yesterday evening looked on agog as a passenger vehicle spontaneously sprang into motion and careered into the icy waters.

“It was a beautiful evening and night had begun to draw in,” says Jónas Jónasson, a tour guide and driver who was guiding a group of tourists at the lagoon at the time of the incident. “The next minute, I hear a car at high speed. I then saw it crashing down.”

Photo: Jónas Jónasson

The car plunged into the water and began to float. Amazed visitors began asking whether it was their car and, most importantly, whether there were any passengers trapped in the vehicle – which it transpired there wasn’t.

The car bobbed up and down on the surface of the water for a while before sinking.

Photo: Jónas Jónasson

The driver of the car declared that he was positive that he had engaged the car’s handbrake before leaving it and the car had been parked for some time before suddenly moving off.

In an attempt to raise people’s spirits after it emerged that no passengers had been in the car, Jónasson joked that the car park had a ‘handbrake ghost’ who was playing a trick. “Similar incidents have occurred here twice in the last ten years,” he added.

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