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Video: Tourists at Risk in South Iceland Surf

Tourists on Reynisfjara beach by Vík, a popular travel destination in South Iceland, were in grave danger while traveling the area at Easter as can be seen in a video showing a wave crashing over several people who had walked too close to the sea.

vik01_bvFrom Vík. Photo: Bernhild Vögel/Iceland Review.

Five years ago an American tourist drowned on Reynisfjara after a rogue wave carried her out to sea, mbl.is reports.

On Reynisfjara waves can in the split of a second move far higher up the beach than the moment before, as much as 20 meters, as can be read on warning signs.

The video was shot by Kristinn Kjartansson who owns a summer house near the beach. He believes people don’t realize how dangerous it can be to walk too close to the sea in spite of the signs.

“I tried … to point it out to a foreign family, who had walked dangerously close to the sea, and asked them to move further up the beach but they didn’t listen,” Kristinn said. “After they had left the place where they had stood was flooded.”

The video can be seen at the end of this article.

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