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Best Winter Swimming Spots in Finland

by Mary Melnick

Mar 1, 2023

© Visit Finland / Harri Tarvainen and Visit Karelia

Destinations / Europe

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.


winter swimming

© Visit Finland / Olli Oilinki


“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:



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.



© Visit Finland / Elina


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


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