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!
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!