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About Finnish society & culture. From snow to sauna, from natives to Nokia.
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Running hot and cold

Running hot and cold | Finland | Scoop.it

Lisa Hynes joins the Finns in a sauna, a beating and an icy plunge.
I brace myself. Though it's 80 degrees inside this crowded sauna, outside it's minus 25. My beaming, red-faced Finnish friends insist I'll be converted by my first experience of avantouinti, or ice-hole swimming, so I take a draught of vodka, draw breath and take the plunge.
This is my first visit to Finland in the winter. Finland is cold. I hate the cold. But family ties beckon, so here I am at dusk, cocooned in my many layers, at the Rastila camping ground in Helsinki.

 

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Woman Seeks World - The Art Of Finnish Ice Swimming

Woman Seeks World - The Art Of Finnish Ice Swimming | Finland | Scoop.it
Woman Seeks World - The Art Of Finnish Ice Swimming (New Post! The Art Of Finnish Ice Swimming http://bit.ly/enjcww #travel #lp)
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Ice swimming in Helsinki

Ice swimming in Helsinki | Finland | Scoop.it
Ice swimming, or avantouinti, is an extreme sport, enjoyed only by Helsinki’s bravest locals and tourists. Ice swimming is believed to rejuvenate the body, improve circulation and lower stress.
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Finland Ice Marathon 2011, Kuopio - Kuvasarjat - Savon Sanomat

Finland Ice Marathon 2011, Kuopio - Kuvasarjat - Savon Sanomat | Finland | Scoop.it
The Kickspark picture of today: http://tinyurl.com/5vv7846, very wintry kicking views from the Finland Ice Marathon 2011
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