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IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME…

Jonathan Cowie steps back in time with a race across the Arctic Circle from Finland to Sweden

Time travel has enthralled mankind for generations. From HG Wells to Cher, the ability to turn back the clock and skip across the spacetime continuum holds a strange fascination. But you don’t need a DeLorean or Tardis to travel through history. An event in Lapland gives you the chance to swim backwards through time.

A short flight from Helsinki, Kemi/Tornio airport is the gateway to exploring the outdoor playground of Lapland. Popular with winter sports enthusiasts and Santa Claus spotters, the region is also well set up for a variety of summer adventures, including lots of wild swimming opportunities. The area is no stranger to outdoor swimming: as well as hosting the International Winter Swimming Association World Championships in Rovaniemi in 2014, there is a strong tradition of sauna and swimming. No one will look oddly at you here if you strip offand jump in a lake.

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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.
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