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Winter Swimming /
Harsh cold against naked flesh
Winter swimming is popular in all cold-winter countries and is practically a national sport in Finland because it is usually preceded by a visit to a nearby sauna. Harsh cold against naked flesh is a fantastic combination that leaves you refreshed for the rest of the day. At ten degrees below zero and 30 centimetres, the conditions are perfect. Experienced winter swimmers enjoy swimming around for awhile while beginners are satisfied with a quick dip. Some claim with absolutely certainty that winter swimming increases resistance to colds and other winter illnesses.
Rauhaniemi Beach and Public Saunas in Tammerfors is highly recommended for anyone curious about this popular swimming culture.
A good tip is not to leave the sauna too quickly as the temperature difference puts a lot of strain on the heart. We also advise against diving since wet hair increases the amount of heat you lose. Slippers, gloves and a hat are smart accessories for winter swimming.
No 15 WINTER SWIMMING / TAMMERFORS
GOOD TO KNOW
- Activity: Winter swimming
- Location: Rauhaniemi Beach in Tammerfors (Tampere)
- Season: October-April
- Degree of difficulty: If you have epilepsy, heart problems or high blood pressure, consult your doctor before going winter swimming.
- Other facts: When winter swimming, the body releases lots of adrenaline and endorphins into the ice-cold water. This increases the sense of pleasure.
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