“Winter swimming is very good for you. We winter swimmers are the healthiest people in the world”, Kirsi Lantto says before she enters the local winter swimmers’ club’s “pool” in the ice-covered Kemijoki river just outside the center of Rovaniemi.
Finland has a long tradition for winter outdoor activities, including swimming. There are 150.000 winter swimmers in Finland. No surprise then that it was Finland that hosted the first Winter Swimming World Championship in 2000. The games have since then been arranged in seven other places, including London, Slovenia and Latvia.
In the end of March 1200 participants from 33 different countries gather in Rovaniemi for the 2014 Winter Swimming World Championship.
The largest delegation comes from the hosting country, with 520 participants. Russia also has its fair share of “walruses” and will have 251 participants in the championships. The third and fourth largest delegations come from United Kingdom and Germany. There are also participants from non-wintery countries like Brazil, Mexico and Nigeria.
The participants will compete in the traditional winter swimming races 25 meter breaststroke, 25 meter freestyle and 50 meter freestyle, as well as a 450 meter endurance swim and relays. The races will take place in a 25 meter long pool that will be made in the ice of the river Kemijoki.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.