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Tourists in Danger on Reynisfjara Beach

Last Monday, several tourists were in imminent danger on Reynisfjara beach, South Iceland, which is notorious for its dangerous waves. One of them was photographed from a distance by Kristján Guðmundsson, who was in the area at the time, using a zoom lens. The woman miscalculated the size of the approaching wave and put her life in grave danger. A guide came to her rescue.

Reynisfjara beach.

Photo: Kristján Guðmundsson

Kristján told Vísir, “The surf was strong that day, but people don’t listen. Everyone tries their best [to warn them], bus drivers, guides and others, but people just won’t listen.”

Reynisfjara beach.

Photo: Kristján Guðmundsson

In August of last year, four men were swept away by a huge wave on the same beach. They survived, but in 2007, an American woman died when she was swept out to sea by a large wave, Vísir reports.

Reynisfjara beach.

Photo: Kristján Guðmundsson

Some have suggested putting up more warning signs in the area, alerting tourists of the danger.

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