PHOTOS: The First Winter Swim Of The New Year - The Reykjavik Grapevine

PHOTOS: The First Winter Swim Of The New Year

PHOTOS: The First Winter Swim Of The New Year

Published January 7, 2018

Main photo by
Varvara Lozenko

As per tradition, some Icelanders took to Nauthólsvík beach on New Year’s Day to go for a swim – some even bathed in the more frigid waters outside the heated cove.

When you’ve had your fill of champagne, beer and party food – and possibly smoked a few – over the course of a night, nothing sweats all that junk out of you quite like a good swim. New Year’s Day is therefore a prime opportunity to take a dip, as many Icelanders know.

We visited Nauthólsvík, a beach better known for being Reykjavík’s premiere summertime bathing spot, on New Year’s Day and spotted many Icelanders having a swim. Some had party hats and champagne in tow, others were more health-minded. All were enjoying themselves immensely.

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