The Baltic Swim

Swimming for a clean, healthy, and prosperous Baltic Sea.

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The Baltic Swim has ended but you can still donate!

Distance swum: 441.6 km

Donations received: 14550€

The Man

Hi, my name is Gustav, a 24-year old physical therapist from Helsinki. Regular exercise is my lifestyle. I believe in the saying “train your body, and the mind will follow”.

As humans, our bodies are extremely adaptable and with the appropriate amount of stress, we can reach almost unbelievable levels of performance. I love pushing my limits and exploring what I am capable of.

I want to put what I love to do to good use. This swim will be my greatest challenge yet, and I believe if you put your mind and back into it you can achieve anything.

John Nurminen Foundation

Founded in 1992, the mission of the John Nurminen Foundation is to save the Baltic Sea and its heritage for future generations. The Foundation has been awarded for its work as a conveyor of culture and producer of marine content. The goal of the Foundation’s Clean Baltic Sea projects is to improve the condition of the Baltic Sea with concrete measures that reduce the load and environmental risks faced by the sea. Their work is guided by measurable results and impact. In conjunction with the swim, a charity fundraiser will be made for the John Nurminen Fund and their mission to save the Baltic Sea and its heritage for future generations, check them out here:

The Swim

Next summer in early June, Gustav Kvikant will set out to complete the longest staged swim performed in the Baltic Sea. With a distance spanning approximately 500km, the swim will begin from Stockholm, Sweden, and end in Helsinki, Finland. The journey is expected to take between 4-6 weeks, with about 4-7 hours spent swimming every day.



The purpose of the Baltic Swim

One of my earliest memories of swimming in the Baltic is from when I was about four years old, and my granddad threw me in the water against my will. I remember crying and…

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