Brave sea-swimmers in Reykjavik. Image by Roman Gerasymenko

Brave sea-swimmers in Reykjavik. Image by Roman Gerasymenko

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.

Best to do it at a run! Image by Roman Gerasymenko

Best to do it at a run! Image by Roman Gerasymenko

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!

New Year's Day sea swim, 2014. Image by Roman Gerasymenko_27

The best part is warming-up in a giant hot-tub afterwards! Image by Roman Gerasymenko

New Year's sea swim Reykjavik 2014. Image by Roman Gerasymenko

If you get too hot you can always go for another refreshing dip. Image by Roman Gerasymenko

And then back in the giant hot-tub! Image by Roman Gerasymenko

And then back in the giant hot-tub! Image by Roman Gerasymenko

Happy New Year's Day 2014! Image by Roman Gerasymenko

Happy New Year’s Day 2014! Image by Roman Gerasymenko

 

 

 

 

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