Samstarf við Slysavarnarfélagið Landsbjörgu
Collaboration with ICE-SAR (Slysavarnarfélagið Landsbjörg)
Icelandair Hotels has reached an agreement with ICE-SAR to become an active sponsor, donating a fixed proportion of hotel room income to the association.
Supporting ICE-SAR is a part of the Icelandair Hotels’ social responsibility policy. Having a strong search and rescue team available when needed is of the greatest importance, not only for Icelanders but also for foreign visitors who regularly need its assistance. ICE-SAR is thereby a strong supporter of tourism in Iceland, and it is invaluable for tourists to be able to count on the selfless work of Landsbjörg.
Each Icelandair Hotel, eight in total, has a room or a suite dedicated to a search and rescue event that occurred in its region. These rooms contain detailed information, photographs and other items that relate to the event. Thus, the stories of the individual search and rescue achievements of Icelandic rescue teams throughout the country are shared with hotel guests who are, moreover, invited to support this excellent cause.
About the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue – ICE-SAR
ICE-SAR (Slysavarnafélagið Landsbjörg) is a national association of Icelandic search and rescue teams whose mission is to prevent accidents and save lives and valuables. The association is the largest association of volunteers in Iceland, with 18,000 members in various search and rescue teams throughout Iceland. This dedicated team of volunteers has been involved in numerous assignments for the benefit of both Icelanders and foreign travellers. They are always on call and ready to sacrifice themselves to respond to any call-outs, day or night, at any time of year.
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Icelandair Hotel Akureyri
The Geysir accident
The suite at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri is dedicated to what became known as the Geysir accident and contains both photographs and reading material about the event. A fixed proportion of the income from the suite is donated to ICE-SAR, allowing guests to support this worthy cause. The common area in Icelandair Hotel Akureyri contains a display of a pair skis and two pairs of snowshoes used in the Geysir rescue mission. In addition, numerous texts about the accident and photographs from the mission, of aircraft itself and its crew can be found throughout the hotel and in the sponsor suite.
When the aircraft went missing, the entire nation was shocked. Iceland’s largest aircraft was missing and with it a crew of six and a cargo of eighteen dogs. Nothing was heard from the aircraft for four days, and the hope of someone having survived were rapidly fading.
Hundreds of people took part in the search for the aircraft, and all available planes searched over land and sea. When more than four days and nights had passed and the results of such an extensive search ended in failure, most people had started to give up hope. Just then, an indistinct distress call was heard: “Location unknown … everyone alive” (from the book Útkall: Geysir er horfinn, 2002 (Call-out: Geysir has vanished)).
The aircraft was subsequently found on 18 September at an altitude of more than 1,800 m on Vatnajökull glacier. The glacier had been shrouded with fog since the accident. Now that the fog had cleared, the aircraft could clearly be seen as could the six people moving around it. The nation’s grief instantly changed to extreme joy, flags were raised and restaurants in Reykjavík offered free coffee to all and sundry.
Experienced mountaineers drove in jeeps from Akureyri and Reykjavík on a rescue mission never before attempted in Iceland. At the same time, US soldiers had landed on the glacier in an aircraft equipped with skis but had failed to save the crew. Many of the rescuers hiked for 10 hours on the glacier, with little or no rest, under extremely difficult conditions, before reaching the crash site and successfully rescuing the crew.
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina
The larger suite in Reykjavík Marina contains a lifebuoy from the French trawler Cap Fagnet that ran aground just outside Grindavík.
Rescue of the crew of the French trawler Cap Fagnet
Frequent sea accidents and significant loss of life as a result marked the beginning of the efforts of ICE-SAR. Many of the association’s teams on the coast are specialised in search and rescue at sea and along the coastline.
The ultimate testing ground of the sea search and rescue operation of ICE-SAR was the rescue of the crew of the French trawler Cap Fagnet near Grindavík in 1931. Despite howling winds and crashing waves, the team succeeded in saving 38 shipwrecked sailors from drowning. Line-throwing equipment, which ICE-SAR had focused on obtaining for its teams around Iceland, was absolutely vital during the operation. The trawler disappeared beneath the waves as soon as the last crew member had been pulled to safety on land.
At present, rescue boats and ships of all sizes and types are operated by the association all around Iceland, operated by hardy and well-trained crews.
Icelandair hótel Reykjavík Natura
A proportion of the profits from the Blue suite at Reykjavík Natura is annually donated to ICE-SAR.
The Blue suite is magnificently fitted in a modern style, tastefully expressing the colour blue in beautiful design and furniture.
The suite is dedicated to the beneficial work of ICE-SAR and is decorated with photographs and texts from the Heimaey (Westman Islands) eruption where ICE-SAR was heavily involved in rescuing the inhabitants. The achievement is shared with hotel guests, allowing them to support a good cause, as a proportion of the sales profit from the suite is annually donated to the association.