Visit Finland shared more about a new health trend growing in popularity throughout the country and across generations. In Finland, winter is one of the most popular times to enjoy a swim, with younger generations embracing the season for a dynamic range of health benefits.
Elina Mäkinen, a well-known Finnish winter swimmer and international TikTok sensation, shares her favorite winter swimming spots in the world’s happiest country. Through her TikTok, Elina encourages others to tap into sisu, a unique Finnish form of courage and resilience, and urges travelers and locals to embrace the power of the cold.
“Cold water is the key to everything. The ice hole where I swim is a holy place for me, as it allows me to maintain my wellbeing and get rid of stress through this mindful practice that energises my mind and body,” said Mäkinen.
Elina Mäkinen’s five recommended winter swimming spots for first-timers are:
- Fell Centre Kiilopää
- Joensuun Jääkarhut
- Arctic Sauna World
- Lake Heikinjärvi at Isokenkäisten klubi Wilderness Lodges
The health benefits of winter swimming include generating hormones like endorphins, boosting serotonin and dopamine, boosting blood circulation, improving your immune system and activating brown fat tissue, which burns calories in order to maintain body temperature.
As you embark on a winter swimming experience, remember these tips:
- Go to a designated winter swimming spot (public or private) with an experienced winter swimmer for guidance
- Ensure you can get safely in and out of the water
- Wear appropriate clothing, including neoprene swimming shoes, gloves and a wool cap
- Listen to your body and don’t push yourself past your limit
- Make sure you have a safe, warm place to dry off and warm up afterward
According to Kampgrounds of America’s 2023 report, 38 percent of campers say they will camp during the winter season while another 27 percent say they are thinking about it. Benefits of winter camping include fewer crowds, snowy scenery and opportunities to ski. Cabins and glamping are also growing in popularity this winter season. Here are five winter camping destinations and tips.
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