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Locals Flock to Tanning Beds to Escape Rain

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Photo: Alexis O’Toole/Wikimedia Commons.

“It’s just because of the weather. I’ve never been to a tanning salon before,” said Guðni Kjærbo to a reporter who met him on his way out of Smart tanning salon in Reykjavík yesterday afternoon.

Ólöf Valborg Marý Viðarsdóttir, an employee at Smart, says that rainy weather has led to a very busy summer, with many customers tanning for longer than usual. Many tanners come just before a trip abroad, she says, afraid of looking pasty when they reach their sunny destinations.

“There are very many people going in for maybe 20 minutes or 30 minutes, also to feel the heat – it’s the heat that’s so comforting,” says Ólöf.

When asked whether she hoped the rainy weather would continue, Ólöf answered laughing “Uhh... not me personally, but maybe my boss!”

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