At temperatures below zero, the most common is to wear several layers of clothes to keep warm, but some take it all off, and jump in the icy water. The “winter-bathers”.
List of clubs
About winter bathing (in Danish)
Yikes! On purpose???? (brrrrrrrrr)
Absolutely, and they love it. I found a number saying 11.000 registered and just as many not registered as winter bathers, so it is quite a few.
Jeepers, that is brave!
It is said to be good for health, and as I wrote two Roxy, it is calculated that at least 22,000 people are enjoying this ice cold sport.
That would be 22,000 mad people!
Blimey, now I can see why you lot are called Vikings
…some of us.
When she was younger, one of my sisters did a polar dip as a New Year’s Day ritual with some of her Finnish friends. It gives me the shivers just to think about it!
Birgitte, I’ve linked this post to one I’ve written about the benefits of living in a cold climate, along with a reference to your tough Viking lot
It´s hard to compare with the Finnish people, when it comes to polar dip, and I can imagine how their company probably have inspired your sister. There is a tradition of New year bathing all around the country, some photos from Copenhagen here: http://www.b.dk/nationalt/nytaarsbad-paa-bryggen
Thank you for linking this post to your own, which I find really nice – and cold.
I followed your link. It all looks so cold!
Yeow! That frozen dock would be enough to keep me away.
It really was very cold that day, we couldn´t stay for more than some minutes because of the ice cold wind – and then the ice dippers came. What a contrast.
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