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Ice swimming in Finland

The combination of extremes like hot and cold, sauna and ice swimming, is said to be very healthy. But why on earth should you go swimming in freezing cold water after the warmth of a sauna? The feeling you will get is euphoric. It is not easy to explain by words, you just need to experience it. Ice swimming provides you with a better resistance to cold weather, improves the immune system, helps to breathe and sleep better and release all the stress. Because of all these effects many people even get addicted to ice swimming in Finland.

Ice swimming is more like a dip into the water or moving a short distance in the cold water. If you have a normal health condition without any hearth problems, high blood pressure or else, ice swimming is safe. If you have any doubts of unidentified health problems, ice swimming is not recommended without any doctor´s opinion.

Ice swimming is the perfect activity together with friends or the ones who dare to do it. There are some preparations needed if you want to ice swim in the so called “avanto”, a hole made in the ice. It all starts with digging a hole in the ice first. If you prefer us to do it, please book the service online or contact our sales This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we dig the hole in the ice for you.

things to do finland winter ice swimming

Enjoy a sauna and ice swimming after a day of outdoor activities like fatbiking or dog sledding. The feeling is something indescribable and it will be an experience you will remember. You can also rent a hot tub which will be delivered to your cabin. Bathing outside in the warm water under the open sky after ice swimming, doesn’t that sound amazing? The tub is big enough for 6 people. You can add a hot tub to your cabin booking as an option on our web shop or by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. See the price of the rent on our web shop.

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Ice swimming facts

- Suitable for people without health problems
- During the moving from sauna to the ice hole, wool socks or special ice swimming shoes and a cap are recommended
- After the sauna, spend a little time outside before going into the water and let your body get used to the temperature change
- Breathe and enjoy! This s an experience you will be proud of
- The water temperature is close to zero degrees (Celsius)
- Recommended time to spend in the water for beginners: only for a couple of seconds
- There should always be another person nearby while you´re in the water
- Swimming in the cold water and alcohol are not friends – swim or dip into the water first and then enjoy beverages if you want
- If there is not a hole in the ice, “avanto”, you can also swim in the open water from the cabin waterside

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