After a record mild November and December, winter arrived with fiercely cold weather. We still have practically no snow although the temperature has now dropped to a freezing -20°C (-4°F), not to mention how cold it feels with the wind chill effect.
The other day, as we had some errands to run and were taking the car out anyway we drove to the Ruissalo island to have a look at the sea off the park there. That is the waterway on which the ferries between Turku and Stockholm sail daily throughout the year.
There wasn’t much ice yet but the sea sure was ice-cold. We walked only a few minutes around the park as our fingers tucked in winter gloves were soon frostbitten.
We didn’t notice it at first and could have sworn it began while we were there: the tails of the Siberian winds blowing over the open sea started to form some sea smoke hovering over the water surface.
Looking at a sight like that made us wonder how on earth we ever managed to engage ourselves in ice swimming once. It must have been ages ago, in another life probably.