Winter bathing: is cold water the secret to Danish happiness? artwork
What The Denmark | Danish Culture for Expats, Internationals and Danes

Winter bathing: is cold water the secret to Danish happiness?

  • S2E8
  • 31:17
  • December 9th 2021

When temperatures drop, the last thing on most people's minds is to go outside, strip off and take a plunge into near freezing water.


That is, however, what a large percentage of the Danish population do each winter.


Why on earth would someone choose to do this?


Well, it turns out that the benefits to doing so are pretty convincing, and not just for the physical aspects of helping you burn more calories.


Sam and Josefine are joined this week in the studio by journalist Saskia Weneit.


Saskia spoke to many experts and enthusiasts in researching this topic, including:


During the episode we cover all sorts of interesting aspects of winter bathing:

  • What it actually is
  • The physical health benefits of winter bathing
  • The mental health benefits of winter bathing
  • The history of winter bathing in Denmark
  • How it has entered local politics
  • How you can get started
  • How to winter bathe safely


as well as Sam and Saskia's experiences winter bathing as they try (unsuccessfully) to convince Josefine to try it out...


Thanks to ECO Hotels for hosting us at Guldsmeden Hotel in Copenhagen.


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What The Denmark | Danish Culture for Expats, Internationals and Danes

Danish culture can be pretty confusing, especially if you are not from Denmark.

This podcast is on a mission to resolve cultural confusion in the country.

Co-hosts Sam Floy (British podcaster, "The Outsider") and Josefine Volqvartz (Danish TV journalist, "The Insider") speak to experts and members of the public to understand and explain why something so normal in Danish culture is confusing to outsiders.

Rather than simply point fun, or say something like "Danes have an ironic sense of humour" we go deep, by speaking to experts to explain why.

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