“The Vidöstern Swim +6km”


This is a competition depending on the conditions of nature. The lake Vidöstern is a very tough lake to master, swimming. The wind often blows with a strength of 4-7 m/s. Fog is quite common. Your participation is all at your own risk.

”Your ability to be well prepared, persistent and to navigate on your own put you to a test. Your ability to swim long distances on your own, to stand cramp, seasickness, cold, fatigue, pain, nourishment and liquid is a part of the race.

The security is well dimensioned but on purpose leaves a part of the responsibility to you, as a swimmer.  You own responsibility is part of the challenge.To be allowed to participate you will sign a document where you take on full responsibility.


August 10, 2024 2.00 pm


Toftaholm Herrgård , Lake Vidöstern


1 200 SEK

Last day for registration August 4, 11.59 pm


Participation is at your risk. In order to start, you will have to sign a disclaimer after the pre-race meetup.

A wetsuit is one of the safety measurements in this race. It is mandatory for security reasons.

An exemption is possible, plaese send us an email (info@vidosternsimmet.se), before you sign up.


A tow float, “Safe-Swimmer”, is yet another of the safety measurements in this race and the use of it is mandatory. It has multiple functions;

→ to show where you are
→ to help you float, if necessary.
→ to help us identify you.

It is attached to your waist and it floats about half a meter behind you. All swimmers are recommended to use the swimcap handed out to you at the prerace meeting. You will either use our swim cap or no swim cap at all.



There will be patrol boats going back and forth. It is your responsibility to notify a functionary/race management if you decide to discontinue the race.

  • Call on a boat by waving your hand.
  • Show that everything is okey with a thumb up

A doctor and other medically trained personnel with knowledge of CPR will be present at the race.

Along the race course there will be big, yellow buoys to help you navigate. They will be anchored at approximately a distance of 1000 meters.  If you would diverge from the course, functionaries on boats will help you back on track. The location of all buoys are shown in https://bit.ly/VidoBuoyMap



Postpone the start by 1-2 hours if there is fog, thunder, etc.


Cancel the race in case of thunder.


If it is foggy we will guide you with a kayak. Please note that nobody is alowed to swim past the kayaks until the safety personnel says it OK.


In bad weather conditions which endanger the safety of swimmers and crew, cancel the entire event.


Restrict the number of swimmers


The maximum time to achieve an official position and a “finish t-shirt” is three hours. All those who complete the race receive a medal, even if the time exceeds three hours.


There will be two stops where you can get drinks/food/energy.

  • Ekens Camping after about 1000 m
  • Gyllene Rasten after about 3500 m

Drinks:    Water, sports drinks (Umara sport), Coke, coffee
Food/energy:   U-bar – Energy bar (cocos, cranberry, apple/cinnamon och mint chocolate)
U-gel – raspberry, bananas, buns, Snicker´s, candy.

In all the follow boats there is energy gel and water, during the race.

When you reach the finish area you will be served food, coffee and waffles. Tickets used to get this is included in the finish-kit you’ll recieve after you finished your swim in Sundet.


You bring your car or own transport to Sundet where you pick your start kit. From there you will travel by bus to the start at the manor of Toftaholm. The bus departs at 12:45 from Sundet, Be on time ! The bus arrives at the start at 13:00. You walk about 300m to the start and change into your wetsuit at the the location of the start.

The start is at 14:00.



You pick your start kit at the reception in Sundet. You get the bathing cap, labeled bag for your clothes and belongings etc. There are a lot of parking lots in Sundet. Check-in is open from 11.00 to 12.30.

NOTE! If you have not checked in you may not participate in the race.




The transport of your clothes and belongnings from the start to the finish area is taken care of. You put your clothes/bag in a black plastic bag, marked with your number, and we bring it to Sundet.



There are toilets at the start in Toftaholm and in Sundet, the destination area.



There are several hotels and bed and breakfasts in Värnamo (see www.visit-varnamo.com).



During the race you will have a chip attached round your wrist and it will  automatically check you in and out at the feeding station at Ekens Camping and at the finish line. After the race the preliminary times are presented. The detailed lists of results will be on our webpage within 1 day. You will be able to see your specific time according to time spent on land and time in water. The timing chip is included in the start-kit you will recieve at check in at Sundet.



If you decide to discontinue the race immediately notify nearest member of the Vidösternsimmet crew on land or in a boat. You will be picked up within 15-30 minutes and will be taken to the finish area where you find your clothes, a hot tub, food and the possibility to shower.