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MP Promotes Swimming in Iceland’s Ocean

By Iceland Review

MP for the Progressive Party and former Minister of Health Siv Fridleifsdóttir belongs to a growing group of people who swim regularly all year round at Nauthólsvík beach in Reykjavík. She is confident that it is good for her health.

“It comes with a blissful feeling,” Fridleifsdóttir told Fréttabladid after emerging from the 6.1°C (43.0°F) water in Nauthólsvík (which is heated in summer) yesterday when the air temperature was just above freezing point, 1.6°C (34.9°F).

“People don’t get cold easily afterwards and it has a good effect on asthma,” Fridleifsdóttir stated, adding that all the senses are sharpened after such a cold swim.

The MP has gone for a swim every New Year’s Eve with a group of friends for the past few years. “I also use the opportunity and take a dip in the ocean here and there while traveling around the country.”

Lately, Fridleifsdóttir has swum in Nauthólsvík once a week where the conditions are perfect in her view. “After swimming in the ocean we warm up in the hot tub and then we discuss politics and important issues concerning our country.”

Click here to read about Nauthólsvík beach in summer.

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