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I went swimming in water so cold the ice is broken with a propeller, and it was utterly addictive

When the temperature's well below freezing, the Finns come out to swim 

A woman stands at the top of a ladder leading into a black hole in the ice at the edge of the Baltic Sea. Her bare flesh shines in the streetlight, a contrast to the night sky. Clad in nothing more than a bikini and a woolly hat, she makes no sound as she lowers herself into the freezing water. I watch from a nearby footpath, transfixed and envious, despite Helsinki’s sub-zero evening temperatures – even in the daytime, this week, it’s rarely climbed above two degrees, with below-freezing temperatures predicted for next week.

Bomarsund Open Water 2019

Date: 
Saturday, 10 August, 2019 - 10:30

Bomarsund Open Water 2019

Saturday August 10th

Ice Swimming may be the reason why Scandinavian people are happy

People are looking for different ways to keep themselves happy. They may go to any extent to achieve their required purpose of happiness. For certainly, being satisfied with your life is one essential goal that everyone should be aiming for.

There are a number of ways you can possibly do that. Exercising is one, socializing is another. The list is a never ending one.

Ice swimming embraced by people of happiest country in the world

"It's going to make you feel so good!"
Katja Pantzar hears her friend call out encouragingly as she stands on a wooden dock in central Helsinki on a cold, dark and snowy winter evening. It's 14 F (-10 C), but all Pantzar is wearing is a swimsuit, a wool hat and borrowed neoprene gloves and booties. She's been told she's about to take a step toward curing all her problems, from aches and pains to feeling down.

Winter Swimming Finnish Championships 2019

Date: 
Friday, 1 February, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, 3 February, 2019 (All day)

Winter Swimming European Championships 2019

Peurunka is the venue of the Winter Swimming European Championships 2019

Microbes pose no threat to winter swimmers

Despite microbe resilience, hardy swimmers eager to plunge into icy winter waters need not fear infection, says public health watchdog THL.

The Finnish tradition of ice swimming poses very little risk of microbial infection to swimmers, the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has announced.

Swim the Arctic Circle 2017, Juoksengi in Sweden and Juoksenki in Finland

Date: 
Saturday, 15 July, 2017 (All day)

A unique swimming competition! http://swimac.eu/en/

Come and cross borders in the open-water swimming competition in the Torne river.
You will not only swim across the border between Sweden and Finland, but also across the Arctic Circle and the time zone.
Feel welcome to come and cross your own personal borders too.

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