Margaretha was on holiday with an old school friend from Denmark (who has also swum at the Ladies’ Pond).
An opportunity to swim in the Barent Sea arose when their ship visited Vardø, which is in the far north of Norway and has a polar climate. It is further north than Murmansk. Average temperatures remain below 10oC even in the warmest months of the year.
An incredulous ship’s captain issued the certificate pictured below. As for the swim, Margeretha explained “We changed in the local swimmers' club house and borrowed booties to walk the 25-30 meters to the sea over icy ground and then just plunged in! Since the water was considerably warmer than the air, it was quite straight forward. Getting out and running back to the club house was the most challenging.”
It shows what tough material KLPA members are made of, and it would be good to hear of other members’ swimming adventures around the world.