Finnish winter swimming championship 2019 will be held Turku at the beginning of February. Each country sends their best of the best to this warm-hearted event.
The original Finnish open ice swimming championship was held in Tampere in 1989, and for thirty years the tradition has continued. In 2019 the host city will be Turku.
In the sporting event a thousand swimmers will compete in a 25 meter long pool cut into outdoor ice. Participants can swim competitively, without timing or even as a team. There is also a "seal pup" category for those who only take a short swim.