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Tourists in Danger on Reynisfjara Beach

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Tourists in Danger on Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisfjara beach.

Photo: Kristján Guðmundsson.

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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