Last Saturday the 5th winter swimming competition in Skellefteå took place, this time not only as a Scandinavian Championship but even part of the world cup. The Happy Friends of Cold and Darkness (or in Swedish: Mörkrets och kylans glada vänner, which I’m a member of, was the organiser of this event.
I wasn’t part of the organisation team this year, but I was on the ice round the swimming pool and took many photos, both for me and the media.
The first winter swimming in 2012 was the coldest with temperatures round -32 °C. This year it was much warmer with only -1 °C, but the wind and the snow showers made the event to a chilly experience, too.
Here are some impressions:
Links to blog articles about the other winter swim championships in Skellefteå: