Vidösternsimmet - 21.5km lake swim in Sweden

SylleSylle SwedenMember
edited July 2020 in Event Announcements
I'm signed up for my second participation to the Vidösternsimmet, aka Sweden's longest swimming race. I believe it will be the fourth edition next year. They've increased the number of entries for the main swim quite drastically, so it's up to 100 spots this time around, with about 2/3 of them already filled.

Some forum members have already taken part in it, some more than once!

More information there:

Anyone here who feels like signing up and coming to Sweden to say Hi to me? :)


  • SylleSylle SwedenMember
    Niek wrote:
    Sylvain butterfly?

    Nope, I tried it in 2012 but gave up after 13km. These days I'm testing my f/c speed.
  • JBirrrdJBirrrd MarylandSenior Member
    My 2014 dance card is full, but I will put Vidösternsimmet on my bucket list. Looks fun.
    Have to get back to the ancestral homeland before I die.
  • sarmarsarmar LondonMember
    Hi Sylle, thanks for posting. What's the water temperature approximately?
  • SylleSylle SwedenMember
    Not entirely sure. I reckon it was around 18°C two years ago, but I might be wrong. It's quite a large lake, so it probably doesn't reach the kind of temperatures I observed in my local lake last year, i.e 20-23°C.
  • SylleSylle SwedenMember
    Friendly bump!

    In case anyone of you has a weekend without a big swim around the 9th of August, book your plane tickets to Sweden already and come and say hi! The swim is 21.5K, navigation up to the swimmer and a couple of "pit stops" on land.

    There's about 20 spots left for the main race and they do take real good care of the people accompanying you (anyone familiar with the work "fika"?!).

    Most participants use a wetsuits, but exemptions may be granted.

    Also this year we will have a visitor from the south of France, J.Tuset aka the most "prolific" french open-water swimmer of this generation !!
  • SylleSylle SwedenMember
    66 swimmers completed this year's 21.5k Vidöstersimmet, 7 of us in bioprene!

    Here's my write-up of the event:

    Hoping to see some of you there next year :)
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandCharter Member
    Well done going back and completing @Sylle!

  • miklcctmiklcct London, United KingdomMem​ber
    edited July 2020

    I have signed up for the 2020 race which has been postponed to 2021. Anyone here else as well?

    Also, there is now an "unofficial" invitation-only 42 km "Viking" category which consists of an "escorted" swim from the finish to the start, timed to the start of the official 21 km race. Anyone here doing that?

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