SwimÖresund Results

A new Channel Crossing from Denmark to Sweden

SwimÖresund -A new Channel Crossing from Denmark to Sweden. The new swim and governing association takes you across the beautiful strait ‘Öresund’, which connects Denmark and Sweden. The swim starts at Bellevue Beach (DK) and finishes at Lundåkrabukten (SV). The distance is 20 km (10.8 nautical miles).

Type: Swimming – open water
Location: Denmark and Sweden
Distance: 20 km (10.8 nautical miles)
Updated: 2024
Organized by: Dennis Holm
Organizer website: swimoresund.com

1Mariel Hawley DávilaMexicoSoloNoOne8:59:372022-08-09View
2Jörg SchleibaumGermanySoloNoOne7:56:272022-08-11View
3John Charles CurleyIrelandSoloNoOne7:04:202023-06-17View
4James KarnUSASoloNoOne6:06:252023-06-29View
5Stefanie KohlGermanySoloNoOne7:38:222023-08-02View
6Anke TinnefeldGermanySoloNoOne7:50:322023-08-04View
7Katheen WilsonUSASoloNoOne7:29:132023-08-21View




SwimÖresund has entered into cooperation with the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA), and is starting a brand-new database for swimming between Denmark and Sweden. The distance is 20 km (10.8 nautical miles).

Swim across the beautiful strait ‘Öresund’, which connects Denmark and Sweden. You start the swim at Bellevue Beach (DK) and swim to Lundåkrabukten (SV). After completing the distance, the SwimÖresund committee will approve and certify that the crossing has taken place in accordance with the applicable regulations. The certification of the crossing is recognized by WOWSA. The participants will then be included in officiel list of swimmers who have crossed the Öresund Strait. All participants who complete receive an official certificate from SwimÖresund and WOWSA. In addition, you will receive a specially designed medal from SwimÖresund.

Strait of Öresund

The Öresund is an iconic international waterway, and has had great strategic importance and influence on Northern European history throughout the ages. The narrow strait connects the world’s largest inland sea, the Baltic Sea, with the Kattegat. More than 45,000 merchant ships sail through Öresund every year. To this must be added the many fishing cutters, recreational sailors, speedboats and other vessels. This makes Öresund extremely busy.

Despite the heavy shipping traffic, Öresund has a particularly healthy and diverse marine life. There are, among other things, bluefin tuna, porpoises, harbor seals and gray seals. Orca flocks and single individuals are not seen very often, but have been visiting inland Danish waters at regular intervals.

The currents in the Öresund can be fickle, mischievous and strong at times. This happens because of the enormous water flow, which either has a northerly direction from the Baltic Sea to the Kattegat or a southerly direction from the Kattegat to the Baltic Sea. The tidal differences are small in the region (less than 20 cm), but the tide has a visible effect on the current strength in the Öresund. The sea temperature in Öresund can vary between 0 C° (32 F°) in winter and 22 C° (71.6 F°) in summer. The warmest months are in July and August, when you can expect an average sea temperature of 18 C° (64.4 F°). In the colder years, the temperature has been down to about 15 C° (59 F°).

One crossing since 1927

On 31 July 1927, A Danish girl, Edith Jensen, just 17 years old, did what no one thought was possible. She attracted a lot of attention when she crossed the Öresund on one of the widest stretches. She swam between Barsebäck in Sweden and Bellevue Strand in Denmark (19 km) in 12 hours and 45 minutes. She became the first person. Since 1927 and until the year 2022, only a few swimmers have crossed one of the widest streaches across the Öresund.