Traditional New Year’s Day Swim

Hundreds of people took to the ocean for a New Year’s Day swim, enthusiastically participating in an annual tradition which has become a beloved ritual in many seaside towns across Europe.  

Brave swimmers braved chilly waters across the globe and donned their swimsuits, fancy hats & silly costumes to welcome the New Year in a traditional chilly swim.  Swimmers wearing red bobble hats run towards the North Sea during the Nieuwjaarsduik (New Year’s Dive).

North Sea New Year's Swim

This group in Dunkirk, France dressed as lifeguards, wearing blonde wigs and carrying flotation devices. 

Dunkirk France New Year's Swim

A group of swimmers wore matching swimsuits and hats for the New Year’s Day swim in Dunkirk, France. They even brought fishing nets as props.

Dunkirk France New Year's Swim

Keeping in theme with the chilly temperatures, two women wore swimsuits decorated with ice cream cones for the New Year’s Day swim in Scheveningen.

New Year's Swim

For the annual swim in Orankesee Lake, these members of the Berlin swim club decided on clown-themed costumes.

Orankesee Lake Berlin New Year's Swim

This brave guy takes a leap of faith for a New Year’s dive into the Tiber river.

Tiber river dive New Year's Swim

A participant of the New Year’s Swim is costumed with a pink feathered boa for the New Year’s Day swim on the beach of Norderney Island.

Norderney Island New Year's Swim

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