The New Year's Eve swim sets the tone for the year
A New Year’s Eve swim was held in Nauthólsvík yesterday, where more than a hundred people participated.
“We haven’t been able to go to the sea together on New Year’s Day since 2020, so it was extremely joyful,” says Herdís Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, chairperson of SJÓR, the Reykjavík Sea Swimming Association.
The New Year's Day swim is different than most other swims of the year because people show up in fancy attire to celebrate the new year. mbl.is/Arnþór
Record cold temperature yesterday
Þorvaldsdóttir says that this year’s conditions were a bit unusual.
"The record cold weather -2.2 was hit in 2018 and has been leveled several times this year, including today, and then the thickness of the ice over the water was unusual. It was really beautiful this year because the ice made it so different."
There was a record cold yesterday and the ice is pretty thick before you can get into the sea. mbl.is/Arnþór
However, she says that extreme cold did not stop people from going into the country, but caution was important.
Into the sea in a sequined dress
Þorvaldsdóttir put on a sequined gown to celebrate the new year, but many showed up in their fanciest attire, with many groups dressed in a similar thematic style. She says that the sequined gown certainly helped with the cold.
Þorvaldsdóttir believes sea swimming is a good start to the new year.
“When you’ve done that, and you’ve challenged the laws of nature, it’s such a good thing to go through the day and into the year. Then other thresholds are not as insurmountable as this produces so much well-being and joy. That’s why you think it’s so amazing to start the year with this swim, it sets the tone for the ye ar.”