Ice Bather’s Hut (Murmansk)

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Have you ever swum in the icy waters?

This activity is possible to do it on Lake Semyonovskoe at Murmansak. The temperature there in winter routinely plunges to -20C, and it is so far north the sun does not rise at all for six weeks. There was fresh snow on the ground and most people were dressed in their heavy winter equipment, but a small group of hardy souls was limbering up by the water’s edge.

This activity has been  done since Soviet Union Era. Wooden steps lead down into a hole cut into the ice for a genuinely chilled experience. It is  supposed that cold baths have many benefits,  for example, it  improves the immune system, relieves joint pain and stress,  according to the “Walruses” Club who have done generation by generation. This activity is just for members from the Club, however if you do appointment they can offer you the experience.

Sixty-two-year-old Lyudmila Ruchievaya told Sky News: «I am doing this to improve my mood, so that my life would be happier, to have more fun.

Some advice to do this activity is “think warm thoughts, and above all keep breathing».



  • Plunges: To (cause someone or something to) move or fall suddenly and often a long way forward, down, or into something.
  • Limbering up: To do gentle exercises to stretch the muscles in order to prepare the body for more active physical exercise.
  • Appointment: A formal arrangement to meet or visit someone at a particular time and place.


Write down the  advantages  and  benefits  of  visiting  this  place.


  • Would you like to have this experience? Why?

Session 4

Welcome to this activity created by Junior Advisor Ms. Xochitl Alinne Reyna Cruz from Satelite Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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