In February Skellefteå will host the Scandinavian Winter Bathing Championship for the sixth consecutive year. The championship is also part of the Winter Swimming World Cup as well as an appreciated festival for the entire city – all founded on a declaration of love for the cold and dark.
On average it takes a professional swimmer about 20 seconds to swim the 25 metre lane surrounded by ice in central Skellefteå. We know this because professional winter swimming, in temperatures just above zero, has been organised here since 2012.
Participants compete in breaststroke and freestyle swimming as well as a more relaxed ‘hat and cap race’.