Wilhelmina Ice Pole Sitting Contest in Vilhelmina, Sweden

Every winter, bundled up, brave-hearted people climb a ladder and settle upon an eight-foot-tall chunk of ice. From their frigid perches, they sit tight, wait, and try not to freeze. Those who manage to stay put are crowned as that year’s Ice Pole Sitting champions.

Contests partake in this truly chilling contest during the Wilhelmina Winter Weekend, which spans a few days and is packed with activities. Traditionally, they only had to remain on the ice for 48 hours. But this year, the...

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