Russian Ice Swimming: Meet the Walrus!

Meet the morzhs (walruses) – the Russian ice swimmers! These folks are honest believers in the health benefits of ice swimming. In the dead of the winter they can be found splashing around with their fellow morzh club members. Taking the chilly plunge is an enjoyed activity for the young and old. It is said that these ice baths are a good way to improve circulation, strengthen the immune system and even help with depression. A great place to spot these ice swimmers is close to the walls of the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg!

Ice Swimming in Russia

Ice Swimming Russia

Ice Swimming in Russia


I can’t say it would be the best way to spend a vacation but during hot summer temperatures it does sound enticing! Contact our travel specialists for more Russian culture and fun sightseeing ideas!

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6 thoughts on “Russian Ice Swimming: Meet the Walrus!

  1. A friend of mine used to do it when we both lived and worked in Northern Komi republic in Russia. A few other colleagues, seemingly sane oil field engineers, used to do these swims first thing in the morning, too. At 40 below. BTW, 40 below is the same in Fahrenheit and Celsius. How do I know? Personal experience, alas :). Great post, thanks!!!

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