Their name may throw you off.
But the Flugbjorgunarsveitin is an important aspect of Iceland’s national fabric.
Known in English as ICE-SARS, or Iceland Association for Search and Rescue, the Flugbjorgunarsveitin is comprised of an all-volunteer force of 18,000 people.
Iceland has no army, no police and a population of just over 300,000. Each winter, members of ICE-SARS are mobilized to search for climbers who have fallen into cracks in glaciers or simply disappeared.
ABC’s “Nightline” tagged along for a training mission with one of the legendary ICE-SARS teams, a group from the small town of Hella.
Click here to see what happens when ABC’s Jeffrey Kofman goes through a rescue exercise with the team inside of a glacier crevice in his “Nightline” report.