Searching for a hiker in Skálafellsjökull glacier

Two rescue workers from the capital area are in the …

Two rescue workers from the capital area are in the helicopter. The Hornafjörður Rescue Society has also been launched. mbl.is/Eggert Jóhannesson

A search has been launched for a hiker in the Skálafellsjökull glacier in Vatnajökull. A helicopter of the Icelandic Coast Guard has been activated.

“A family member was getting worried about this hiker,” Jón Þór Víglundsson, information officer for Landsbjörg, told mbl.is.

He confirms that two rescue team members from the capital area were sent by helicopter. The Hornafjörður Rescue Society has also been activated.

Skálafellsjökull glacier runs southeast from Vatnajökull.

Skálafellsjökull glacier runs southeast from Vatnajökull. map/map.is

Considered to be on his own

Kálfafellsdalur and the mountains in its vicinity will be searched. "It's not inside a glacier, but like the edge of a glacier," he says.

Þorsteinn Kristinsson, head of the police in the south, says in an interview with mbl.is that the man is believed to be traveling alone.

The call for help was received at 7 am this morning.

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