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A nice cold bath

January 25, 2013

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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”.


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13 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2013 2:04 am

    Yikes! On purpose???? (brrrrrrrrr)

    • January 25, 2013 1:19 pm

      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. 🙂

  2. January 25, 2013 9:12 am

    Jeepers, that is brave!

  3. January 26, 2013 1:51 pm

    Blimey, now I can see why you lot are called Vikings 🙂

  4. January 27, 2013 5:09 pm

    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 😉

    • February 4, 2013 12:25 am

      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:

      Thank you for linking this post to your own, which I find really nice – and cold. 🙂

  5. January 28, 2013 4:57 pm

    Yeow! That frozen dock would be enough to keep me away.

    • February 4, 2013 12:28 am

      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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