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Sea swimming in Reykjavík

Not only are Icelanders obsessed with their geothermal swimming pools and their natural hot springs, but many people also love to swim in the cold North Atlantic ocean! 

There is a great spot to do so as there is a small bay here in Reykjavík that is geothermally heated and is, therefore, a great place for people to swim around in. On a warm summer day, The Nauthólsvík beach is one of the most popular spots for locals to frolic, sunbathe and relax in the long hot tub, but it is also a meeting point for groups of locals who like to indulge in the benefits of sea swimming, even in winter! 

Swimming in cold water is said to boost the immune system and have various health benefits.  However, it can be dangerous for an untrained person.  Here are some guidelines that we ask you to follow:

  1. Never swim alone. Always have a partner with you.
  2. Always watch your partner. Monitor their condition by speaking regularly.
  3. Don’t go too far from the coast.
  4. Don’t start swimming until you have started to breathe normally and stay for small periods of time, to begin with.
  5. Recognize the possible symptoms of hypothermia.
  6. Listen to your body.