A beautiful piece of private land up in the mountains, owned by a dear friend. My all-time favorite lake, bathtub hideaway and cold water retreat. That day: Wind tickling brown grassland while simultaneously drawing soft ripples on the surface of the water. Twittering birds every now and then. For the rest: absolute silence. Not a soul around.
April. As for me, the proper time of the year to start the jump in now and enjoy the excitement of wild swimming season, based on experience. Lake: small, gorgeous flat pond, stony bottom, just deep enough to slide in. Thrill of chill, adrenalin rush and million dollar view scenery all at once. Shortly after: Cloudier, but still awesome. Towel, Thermos bottle filled with hot coffee, the comfort of a Faroese woolen jumper and happiness on the way back. Couldn’t ask for more.
4 other great wild swimming, splashing around and bathing spots: The sandy shore of Húsavík on Sandoy (left), Norðragøta on Eysturoy (picture taken at G! Festival), the island Nólsoy (i.a. little beach at the harbor) and Tjórnuvík on the northern tip of Streymoy, a place that's also popular among divers and surfers.