Rules and guidelines

Important information about the event

The swimming competition follows the competition rules of the Swedish Swimming Federation. From this page, you can find the most important parts of those rules.

Our event is an open-water swimming competition. Swimming takes place downstream in free-flowing Torne River. If you don´t have a lot of experience of open water swimming, we recommend not to participate in longer competition distances.

If you have any doubts concerning your fitness, we recommend considering your participation in the competition for safety reasons.

Age limit

The minimum age is 12 years. Parents or guardians take fresponsibility for the participation of juvenile swimmers.


We strongly recommend all of the swimmers to use a wetsuit.

If the water temperature is below 16 degrees, the use of wetsuit is mandatory. If the weather conditions are poor, the competition official can also order the use of wetsuits to be mandatory even if the water temperature is above 16 degrees. Safety buoy use is allowed and even recommended. The use of swimming gloves and –socks or any other assistance equipment is prohibited.

We are sorry that we haven't found a solution to allow swimming in skin if the water temperature is below 16 degrees.


Make sure that you have valid insurance, which compensates for the possible injuries that might happen in the competition. Remember also travel insurance. Competitors are not insured by the organizer.


Each swimmer gets a swimming hat with a number on it and a timing bracelet with the same number attached to the wrist.


The competition start happens as a mass start by the signal of the dispatcher.


The swimming route is marked with buoys. These buoys are located on the left side of the swimmers. Swimmers of the 3000 meters swim must stay close to the buoys for the whole competition.


Competitors must obey the instructions organizer has given to them before and during the competition. If the competitor doesn't obey the given instructions, his/her swim can be suspended. Competitors must also swim without disturbing the other competitors.

Problem situations

If you face any problems during the swim, try to reach a floating position and draw the security boat's attention by yelling and waving your arm. When the security boat arrives, tell them about the problem and listen carefully to the instructions given to you. If you need to quit the competition, you will be taken to the security boat and get a ride to the finish line. In case of emergencies, the boat will take you straight to the medical personnel.

Note the swimming-induced pulmonary edema

Swimming induced pulmonary edema (SIPE), also known as immersion pulmonary edema, occurs when fluids from the blood leak abnormally from the small vessels of the lung into the airspaces.

SIPE usually occurs during exertion in conditions of water immersion, such as swimming and diving. With the recent surge in the popularity of swimming in open water events, there has been an increasing incidence of SIPE.

SIPE symptoms
  • Shortness of breath out of proportion to the effort being expended.
  • Cough (again, out of proportion), usually distressing and productive or not of a little pink, frothy or blood-tinged sputum.
  • Crackles, rattling or "junky" feelings deep in the chest associated with breathing effort – usually progressively worsening with increasing shortness of breath and maybe cause for a panic attack.
If you notice these symptoms while swimming you should immediately stop and ask for help.

If swim supervisors suspect that your health is at risk, they may interrupt your swimming. Always follow the instructions of the supervisors!

Publishing the participant information

By participating in this swimming competition, participants give permission to the organizer to publish the participant's name, age, gender, sports club, nationality or country in start- and result lists located in and websites.

Agreeing to terms and conditions

You approve of these rules and terms by enrolling in the competition.

You commit to participating in the event with your own risk and you assure that you have personal insurance that covers all the possible damages to yourself and others. The organizers (IF Polcirkel, Juoksengi byaförening, Napapiirin kyläyhdistys ry and Swedish Swimming Association) are not liable for any damages.

Possible changes

The start of the competition can be delayed or even canceled if the weather conditions are poor. The competition official will make the decision about the changes or demands.

We hold the right to supplement or change these rules. In case of possible changes, we inform the competitors via our newsletter.

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