Take a Polar Plunge - Ice Hole Swimming in Finland

Fancy a refreshing dip in icy water?


Believe it or not, swimming in a hole in the ice really can do you a world of good.


‘Eek!’ ‘No way!’ ‘You Finns are nuts!’ These tend to be the first unenthusiastic reactions of tourists faced with the prospect of taking a dip in an icy lake. Slipping into black, frozen water does bring to mind the fate of the Titanic rather than the exciting prospect of a pleasant swim. Why on earth would anyone take the plunge if they didn’t have to? Well, maybe because it’s not an extreme sport for masochists, but an experience that leaves you feeling fantastic and refreshed.

Today, Finland has several new, stylish places where ice swimming is offered alongside other spa and bathing options - purely for the enjoyment of the experience. You can enjoy this ice dipping until April as the sea is often freezing cold until May.




But we all know that warming up after a refreshing dip is the best part of the whole experience! Check in to our newest hotel for all things warmy and cozy, the Radisson Blu Aleksanteri Hotel! Enjoy a cup of tea at the Aleksanteri Lounge or get more heat into your bones in our guest sauna.

You will be warmly welcomed!

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