Updated: Oct 20
Wild Swimming, a.k.a. Open Water Swimming, has been regaining its' popularity during recent years. There is a general trend towards a more natural lifestyle, which brings people closer to nature. The interest in wild swimming and cold exposure is reinforced by people like Wim Hof (a.k.a. the Iceman), Tony Robbins, Ailén Lascano, Jack Dorsey, Lewish Pugh and Guillaume Néry.
Let's have a look at some amazing drone footage of different adventurous options to go wild swimming:
Perito Moreno Glacier (Argentina & Chile)
The Perito Moreno Glacier (below) forms part of the enormous Southern Patagonian Icefield, which houses the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water. The glacier is known for being easily accessible, having a stable condition and reliable calving.
Lovatnet Lake (Norway)
Lovatnet (below), also Loenvatnet, is a lake in the municipality of Stryn in Vestland county, Norway. It is located about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) southeast of the village of Loen and about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) east of the village of Olden. The lake lies just 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) southwest of the mountain Skåla. The water from the lake flows down from the mountains; especially from the Jostedalsbreen and Tindefjellbreen glaciers. It then flows out through the Loelva river into the Nordfjorden.
Munţii Parâng Mountains (Romania & Hungary)
Munţii Parâng (Romanian) - Páreng-hegység (Hungarian) - or the Parâng Mountains are the southwest part of a bigger mountain group which takes its name from the Parâng and sits between the Retezat group in the west and the Făgăraş group in the east. The Parâng Mountains have an area of roughly 35 by 25 km. The mountains are bounded by the gorge of the River Jiu (recently designated a national park) on the west and the gorge of the Jieţ, a tributary of the Jiu, on the north.
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon (Iceland)
In Southeast Iceland, you'll find a glacier lagoon filled with icebergs. This ice lagoon has become one of Iceland's most popular attractions due to its stunning beauty. The lagoon is called Jökulsárlón, or 'Glacier's-River-Lagoon'.
Saltos Del Laja (Chile)
The Laja Falls (Spanish: Salto del Laja) is a waterfall located in the Laja River in southcentral Chile. It lies next to the old Pan-American Highway, between the cities of Los Ángeles and Chillán. Below the falls Laja River has formed a narrow canyon. The surroundings of the waterfall are very commercialized.
Bear Lake (Colorado)
Bear Lake is a scenic trailhead and destination in Rocky Mountain National Park. Sitting at an elevation of 9,450 feet (2,880 m), the alpine lake rests beneath the sheer flanks of Hallett Peak and the Continental Divide. Several trails, from easy strolls to strenuous hikes, start from the lake.
Mendenhall Glacier (Alaska)
Rugged Alaska is well-known as a wildlife and adventure lover’s paradise. Its untouched wilds offer up some of the most majestic landscapes on earth. It also boasts arguably the most accessible glacier on the planet. Less than 20km from the capital city (Juneau) sits the Mendenhall Glacier (below), which, because of its easy accessibility via roadways, attracts several hundred thousand visitors a year.
Lake Tahoe (California & Nevada)
Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, straddling the border of California and Nevada. It’s known for its beaches and ski resorts.
Athabasca Glacier (Canada)
Canada is renowned for its pristine wilderness, characterised by snow-capped mountain ranges and dense forests. The nation is also home to several glacial expanses, primarily located among the country’s elevated peaks. One of the most visited and popular is the Athabasca Glacier (below), one of the main toes (endpoints) of the massive Columbia Icefield – the largest in the Rockies – straddling the Banff and Jasper National Parks.
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