Swimming in Copenhagen with Mikkel Karstad

Mikkel Karstad maintains that the best mornings start with a rush of adrenaline in the chilly Copenhagen sea.

Svanemøllebugtens Vinterbadelaug
It’s quite important to me that I start every day, year-round, with a short swim. Before our four children are awake, my wife, Camilla, and I often ride our bikes to this bay in Copenhagen. Anyone is welcome to swim here, but private club members can also enjoy the sauna during winter months. The water dips to zero degrees when the weather’s cold, so we last about 20 seconds before moving to the steaming sauna, and then back out to the bay again. Adrenaline rushes through your body with the changing temperature. You just feel incredibly healthy and a sense of peace. It sounds torturous, but everyone I’ve brought here says the feeling is really special.

Svanemøllebugten (North Side)
Svanemøllebugtens Vinterbadelaug can get busy with sailboats and...

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