Jump with the times: Here you can winter bathe in Aalborg

by Ashton Christensen
Photo: Stine Kjølby Christensen
Photo: Stine Kjølby Christensen

A sure hit every winter is undoubtedly winter bathing. 

The time we’ve spent during this pandemic has made us think (and swim?) in new directions, and it’s more popular than ever to care for yourself and your well-being. Of course, it also helps that you can show it off on Instagram right after.

Here in Aalborg, the winter bathers have come out of their hiding more satisfied than ever.

It’s blistering cold these days with sub-zero temperatures almost all around the clock. So perhaps a quick dip in the water could be splendid? 

According to research, winter bathing is very healthy for the body and soul. For example, winter bathing boosts the immune system and helps release lots of endorphins, which can help create a “feeling of happiness” in your icy body.

Three… Two… one… JUMP!

There are several winter bathing clubs in Aalborg. However, nature is freely accessible, and therefore you just need to find some (safe) waters to plunge into.

Winter bathing is practiced several places in the city. In fact, Aalborg is a perfect place to live when it comes to water – considering we’re surrounded by it.

If the cold waves of the Northern Sea aren’t a must for you then head down to Kridtgraven in Hasseris, Kabelparken or somewhere along the harbor front.

Vestre Fjordpark in particular has become a winter bathing favorite. The pool is often empty during the winter, but this year we’re lucky to be able to enjoy the cold fjord water.

Photo: Stine Kjølby Christensen

Admittedly, most of the pools are entirely frozen, but several steps have been taken to ensure winter bathing opportunities – and the park is eminently suitable for enjoying the view with a hot cup of coffee afterwards – or a whisky.

If you’re also dreaming of becoming a winter bather or just trying it once, you can join in on the action too. Here are a few tips:

Good tips for secure winter bathing

  • Warm up your muscles before submerging in the icy water, for instance, by running or walking
  • Let your body cool down before submerging if you’re going straight from the sauna into the water
  • Walk carefully, as the bridge and steps can be slippery. Shoes or sandals are a great idea 
  • Never jump in the icy water head first and bring a hat
  • Breathe calmly while entering the water – cold water can initially affect breathing rate
  • Dive only for around 5 – 10 seconds the first time winter bathing. Thereafter you can increase the longevity of your dive, as you would like. Most like to stay for around 20 to 40 seconds
  • Wear warm clothes after diving and drink plenty of hot beverages.  
  • Under no circumstance should you enter the water while intoxicated or feeling dizzy
  • Never bathe alone
  • If you are in doubt about health issues regarding winter bathing, seek advice from your doctor

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