World´s Winter Swimming Championships in Rovaniemi, Finland

The northern country of numerous lakes and natural beauties, Finland, was a host of 9th world winter swimming championships.

1,245 swimmers from all over the world including Finland, Russia, Norway, South Africa, Slovenia, Brasil, Australia, etc. attended this popular and growing event in Lapland city of Rovaniemi, close to the Arctic circle. The event is held every second year and past championships include Latvia (2012), Slovenia (2010), London (2008), etc.

The popular competition began with 450m endurance swimming and ended with relays. The two other categories were breaststroke, held on 21.March, and freestyle competitions, held on 22.March. We at Strel Swimming Adventures try to participate such events and be part of this amazing winter swimming growing trend. This year in Finland our guide Aleksander successfully swam into 25m breaststroke finale and then got 9th place at the end. Congratulations Alex!