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Reynisfjara black sand beach on the South Coast in Iceland
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Unknown Man Goes Swimming at Reynisfjara Beach

A man was spotted swimming in the waters of Reynisfjara, the famous (and infamous) black sand beach in South Iceland. This practice is both prohibited and extremely dangerous.

The incident was first reported on in the Facebook group “Stupid things people do in Iceland”, which is dedicated to sharing photos of people doing things that are unsafe, illegal, or both at some of the more popular tourist spots in the country.

Keeping one’s distance

Speaking to Vísir, Barbora Georgsdóttir Fialová, a primary school teacher who witnessed the event and posted the photos to the group, said that she was out with a group of students from the Czech Republic when she noticed the man preparing to swim in the water. She did not speak to the man, as she wanted to concentrate on her student group and keep her distance from the water.

She added that she had never witnessed anyone daring to swim in these waters before.

Beautiful but deadly

Reynisfjara beach is a beautiful place to visit in South Iceland, from the majestic waves and eerie black sand to the basalt pillars overlooking the sea. However, it is also home to sneaker waves–unpredictable large waves that can extend very far up the beach–as well as a powerful undertow.

This is why visitors to the beach will hopefully notice many signs, in many different languages, warning people to stay away from the water. The most recent death at this beach was in 2022, and there have been five deaths in all there over the last seven years.

By all means do visit the beach, enjoy the view, and take plenty of photos–just stay away from the water, much farther away than you might consider a safe distance, for the safety of yourself and others.

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