An estimated more than 100 people participated in the annual ocean swimming event on New Year’s Day in Nauthólsvík, Reykjavík, from 11 am to 1 pm yesterday.
Ocean swimming at warmer temperatures. Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Morgunblaðið journalist Una Sighvatsdóttir, who took a dip herself, told mbl.is that there was a constant flow of people in the hot tub in which the daredevils warm up after swimming in the -1°C (30°F) cold ocean.
“The atmosphere was great, everyone was cheerful and there were people of all ages, children and older people, although the kids mainly stayed in the hot tub,” Una said. “Some guests arrived on cross-country skis before they dived in.”
Many of the swimmers wore woolen swimsuits and others brought thermoses with hot chocolate to the hot tub, even bringing a bowl of whipped cream along.
Experienced ocean swimmers commented that they had rarely bathed in colder temperatures than yesterday.