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All About Varpa

Facts and general information about the ancient Viking sport of varpa and where to find varpa and varpa throwing resources on the Internet. Includes a description of the spot plus, articles, videos, the federation governing the sport, and local varpa clubs. See also Other Throwing Sports, and Pictures of Sports

What is Varpa?
Varpa is a type of throwing and target sport founded in the Viking Age that is still practiced on Gotland Island and in other parts of Sweden. I have heard there are also emerging varpa communities in France and Latvia. Varpa is somewhat like horseshoes or disc golf except the participants throw a heavy, flat disc a distance of 15 to 20 meters.

Description of Varpa Throwing
Varpa throwers heave a disc (known as a varpa) fifteen to twenty meters along a course marked by sticks in the ground at each end. The object of the sport is to throw the varpa in such a way that it lands as close as possible to the stick at the end of the course. Each player throws 36 times and the distance from the stick is measured after each throw. The player with the shortest total distance after 36 throws is the winner. There are several variants with different rules, some individual sports, some team sports, some male-only, some female-only, and some in which men and women play together.

Varpa Organizations
Where to find the official Web sites of varpa clubs, associations, federations, and other organizations related to the sport of varpa.

Articles About Varpa
A collection of varpa articles on the Internet. Includes English language and Swedish language varpa articles.

Videos of Varpa
YouTube videos of varpa tournaments and varpa throwing.


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