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wonderful, wonderful COPENHAGEN

Caitlin Davies explores Copenhagen’s swimming spots

To swim or not to swim? If you’re in Denmark, don’t even bother to ask the question because this is a country where swimmers are spoilt for choice – whether an urban dip in Copenhagen’s harbour or a seaside splash in the shadow of Hamlet’s castle.

I’m lying on my back in Fisketorvet Harbour bath, otherwise known as Copencabana, next to a large modern shopping centre just south of the city centre. It’s 11am on a Monday in the first week of July, and I’m the only one in the pool. Ahead the canal stretches into Copenhagen; behind me cyclists are speeding along a raised bike route. I turn on my front, see the sky reflected on the water and set off swimming through clouds.

There are three good-sized lanes here, surrounded by wooden decking, and the water is a refreshing 18 degrees. It tastes faintly salty, a reminder that it’s seawater I’m swimming in, with Copenhagen’s canals connected to the Baltic (which low salinity) and in turn the North Sea. The water quality is checked daily and lifeguards are on duty during the bathing season from 1 June to the end of September. And best of all, it’s totally free.

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In this issue we explore wild swimming in Scandinavia, where the right to roam extends to swimming outdoors – in some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. We also bring you reports from some our favourite events of the summer – more swims for you to add to your bucket list! We hear from Howard James and Sabrina Wiedmer about their record breaking swims – the earliest (and coldest) English Channel crossing and the first woman to cross the Dál Raita Channel, respectively. And if that all sounds a bit too hardcore and serious, Dan Abel shows us how to keep our swimming fun. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.