This Grandma Had A Wild Ride When An Iceberg She Was Sitting On Broke Off And Took Her Out To Sea

Judith Streng is a grandmother from Texas who was on vacation in Iceland, trying to live out her Elsa fantasy, when she drifted out to sea and the Coast Guard needed to rescue her. Now she’s a Twitter-famous floating granny.

Her son, finding the whole situation hilarious (we promise it wasn’t as scary as it sounds), stood on shore snapping pictures and then texted them to his daughter, Catherine, to share the laugh. His daughter shared the texts with Twitter, and people are loving them.

We should start by mentioning that the Streng family are serious travel-bugs. So nobody was surprised when Grandma Judith decided she wanted to experience “the nature and beautiful scenery” of Iceland and other Nordic countries. Catherine lives and works in South Korea, so she couldn’t go along. But son Rob was down for the adventure, so off they went.

Fast forward to a walk around Jökulsárlón Lagoon. There on the beach, groups of people had spotted a small iceberg washed up on shore. The waves had carved it out into an almost-perfect throne. Judith watched other people sit on it for pictures, so she decided to give it a go.

She told a news outlet:

“I’ve always wanted to be queen … that was my chance.”


Judith sat. Rob snapped a picture and texted Catherine. So far, so good. The picture is honestly kind of cool. 



This is when things start to go sideways. According to Judith, she could feel her icy throne start to jostle a little bit. She knew she was in trouble. Rob, who has a flair for dramatic storytelling, explained the situation to Catherine:

“She ascended the throne after a wave had pulled back and left it briefly exposed on the beach. Then a wave washed in and dislodged the ice throne, rocking it from side to side. When the wave retreated, it lifted the dislodged throne throne and carried her out with the tide.”


Judith felt herself slipping, but knew she would be in some serious trouble if she fell into the icy water. We don’t know if Judith has any actual bull-riding experience or if it’s just a genetic Texan thing or what — but she hung on tight while that iceberg bucked and rocked. While Judith was busy ascending/retreating, Rob was busy snapping more pictures.

Bye Grandma! 




Luckily, one of the other people who had been standing around the iceberg happened to be a trained sea rescuer from Florida. Without hesitating, he walked out into the water and brought her back.

Rob, as you probably guessed, kept snapping pics. 




Nobody was hurt, and they kept right on going with their vacation. Judith was unfazed by the whole ordeal. Rob got to play paparazzi. Catherine got a good laugh. Everyone was happy!

Especially Twitter. Here’s her post about it. 



Twitter went in hard with the love. 


As funny as this situation turned out, it could have been a LOT worse — and Icelanders really want everyone to remember that. There are signs posted all over asking people not to get on the icebergs for this reason. People have died.

Seriously. Don’t. 



And finally, we just wanted to give a shout-out to this flawlessly executed moment in Twitterhood:



Have you ever done anything that seemed like a great idea but went sideways pretty quickly? Tell us about it.