The internet is in hysterics over the story of a tourist who joined a search party to find a missing member of a tour group — without realising she was the missing tourist they were looking for.

A newspaper snippet of the story, which has gone viral on Twitter, describes the incident near Eldgja Canyon in southern Iceland.

It said the group of tourists, travelling on a tour bus through Iceland, became concerned about a missing member of their group during a stop near the volcanic canyon.

"The woman, who had changed her clothes, didn't recognise the description of herself and joined in the search," the article read.

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"But the search was called off at about 3am, when it became clear the missing woman was, in fact, accounted for and searching for herself."

The near tragedy quickly became a farce. Photo / Supplied, Twitter.com
The near tragedy quickly became a farce. Photo / Supplied, Twitter.com

The incident appears to have happened back in 2012, according to a Time report from that year, but only recently has the story taken off on social media.