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A Cold Christmas Bath

The traditional Christmas Bath is usually performed in a cozy bathroom in a bathtub filled with loads of hot water. But the seaswimmers who frequent the Reykjavík beach at Nauthólsvík do not prefer their water to be warm. They ran out naked in -6°C ( 21 °F) into the ocean which was measured at 0 C (32 °F) and swam for a few minutes before coming in to soak in the geothermally heated hot pot.

“This was very refreshing and lots of fun,” said Petra Kolbrún Pétursdóttir, a seventen-year-old girl to mbl.is. She had been swimming for five minutes in the ice-cold sea. “I set a record today. I’ve never swum in such a cold sea. Usually the sea here is 1.5 °C – 4 °C. (35 °F – 39°F)

After the ice-cold swimming Pétursdóttir had warm chocolate in the hot pot with her mother who had stayed in the sea as long as her daughter.

Sea swimming is good for the skin and improves general health according to devotees.

The picture shows former Minister of Health Siv Fridleifsdottir coming out of the cold sea.

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