A guide by a perpetually cold person:
How to survive ice bathing?
Do you think you need to wait for the Summer to go for a swim in the Fjord? How very non-Norwegian of you.
After a long Norwegian winter, the sun is finally out and the only thing on my mind is the summer. However, even though I don’t want to admit that there are still many weeks before the summer dress’ season will officially begin. Since I don’t have the patience to wait for it, I’ve decided to gaslight myself into thinking it’s July and jump into the water anyway - and you should too! It’s easier said than done though, so let me give you some tips to survive your first ice-bathing session.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail
Ideally, you want your first experience with swimming in early April not to result in a cold. One of the key ways to make that happen is to come prepared. You should bring with you a big towel, a proper warm sweater, scarf and a hat. It also makes sense to have clothes that are easy to put on after you get out of the water - don't be me and wear jeans! After you do the deed, you’re likely to feel very warm. You shouldn’t trust this feeling and keep your clothes on.
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It’s better if you don’t jump right in - stay at a safe distance to the dry land, so that you can get out as soon as you feel that you’re too cold or are struggling in general. If it’s your first time, I’d advise not to go alone. If you happen to know someone who’s experienced in ice-bathing, drag them with you. Another advantage of going with friends is that you have someone to record a video for you. It will come in handy when you want to show your other less courageous friends that you’re cooler than them, horrify your mum, or post that quality Instagram story.
If you’re looking for a perfect Norwegian experience before you get home, ice bathing definitely should be on your to-do list. Stay safe, have fun and do it for the plot!
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