The annual New Year’s Day sea-swim in fancy-dress at Nauthólsvík thermal beach has become quite a popular tradition for many in Reykjavík and seems to be attracting even more people. The attendance of brave locals taking an exhilarating splash in the shivery sea this year tripled. No doubt they’ve also discovered the health benefits of cold water water swimming. I tried this for the first time last year, all dressed-up in my ballroom dress, and got completely hooked.
You do need to muster a bit of courage to try this out, but the amazing feeling of being invigorated to core that you get from immersing yourself in cold water is enough incentive for me; the fact that it also gives you a natural high, improves your circulation, boosts your immune system and can even make you horny, certainly doesn’t detract from the experience!