Finnish Influencer Goes Viral With Icy Water Plunges In Minus 25 Degree Temperatures

This Finnish influencer has wowed TikTok with her viral clips showing her making holes in the ice and enjoying freezing cold dips in the water.

Elina Makinen, 28, boasts 1.4 million followers on TikTok and numerous viral clips of her bathing in icy cold water like it is a warmed swimming pool.

In her TikTok bio, she says: “Keeping head cold with ice swimming.”

Finnish TikToker Elina Makinen swimming in ice cold water. (@elinamae/Newsflash)

In one video viewed a whopping 76.5 million times, Elina is seen entering the icy water when it is minus 25 degrees Celsius outside.

Elina, who lives in the municipality of Muonio in far-northern Finland, said she has been practising the hobby since she was five years old.

The influencer, who works as a tax advisor, said: “Many people in Finland have their own interests to do these things. There are ice swimming clubs, of course, where people can go, but a lot of them closed due to COVID, so people just dig their own ice holes and swim wherever they want.”

Finnish TikToker Elina Makinen swimming in ice cold water. (@elinamae/Newsflash)

In some of her videos, the TikToker is seen using an axe or drill to make holes in the ice before plunging into the water.

Elina said: “A lot of people on TikTok ask me questions like ‘won’t you get hypothermia?’ or ‘how do you resist the cold?’ For them this is a little crazy, but for Finns, it is nothing.

“Think of it like our version of yoga or meditation, it’s as much for calmness as it is for an endorphin rush.

Finnish TikToker Elina Makinen swimming in ice cold water. (@elinamae/Newsflash)

“I swim once in the morning and it helps my blood circulation and makes me feel energised. Then I swim again at night and it helps me de-stress. I always sleep well afterwards.”

She said she usually spends between 30 seconds and six minutes in the water, but has been known to go ice swimming for up to 12 minutes, adding: “I keep it shorter when it’s too cold, even for me. When the air temperature drops below minus 25 degrees Celsius, I have to be careful not to freeze.”

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