Winter swimming has seen an enormous rise in popularity in recent years. People are drawn to the activity by how easy it is and the invigorating feeling you experience after a swim.
Active winter swimmers believe firmly in its health benefits, saying it does wonders to keep the common cold at bay.
It is also easy to get hooked on winter swimming from the very first plunge into the cold water. The freezing exaltation is followed by a euphoria that many people get hooked on. Up to 100,000 Finns go swimming outdoors in the winter, and more than half a million people have tried it.
Kemijärvi spot is run by Suomen Latu
Many winter swimming spots around Finland are run by the regional associations of the Suomen Latu ski service. This is also the case in Kemijärvi. Volunteers from the Kemijärven Latu skiing association maintain the winter swimming spot, located close to the city center on the shore of Pöyliöjärvi lake. The swimming spot has warm changing rooms with separate facilities for men and women. The changing rooms do not have sauna or shower facilities.
The swimming spot is available to the members of Kemijärven Latu, as well as non-members for a seasonal payment. One-time visits are also available this season. One-time visits are €2 per person. Keys for the men’s and women’s facilities can be found in a code-accessed compartment on the wall of the changing room building.
One-time visitors can get the code by paying the one-time fee onto Kemijärven Latu’s account and contacting the person in charge of the keys.
Visitors must always remember to return the keys to the compartment. Instructions for paying swimming fees can be found on Kemijärven Latu’s Facebook page and website.
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