Winter swimming in Denmark: The Ballehage Bath Club

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Nestled in the outskirts of Aarhus is a tiny club house and a long pier that stretches into the ocean. Here, a community of winter bathers strip away their clothes in the dark of morning. Each person seeks something different, but the experience is the same. Approximately 400 bathers share a daily ritual of entering the ocean at dawn. Some swims are long, some swims are short — but most members would prefer not to ever miss a day. Some call it an addiction, some call it healing; most find this experience so gratifying that they end up returning for decades. This is the Ballehage Bath Club.