Snow Swimming in Finland

It’s February and for those of us in northern climates the ground is covered with snow. The key to dealing with a long, snowy winter, is to either embrace it or leave it. The Finns have definitely learned how to embrace it – I doubt there’s a country in the world with a higher participation rate in cross-country skiing.

However, nordic skiing isn’t the only snow-related sport in Finland. For example, what do Finns do when their swimming pools freeze over? Well, they swim anyway!

This video of the Finnish snow-swimming championships should be good for a laugh (although I’m not sure about its applicability to your physical education classes). I particularly like the snow-swimming flip turns.


Dick Moss, Editor,

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