The 2001 Swim

In 2001 (August 5th) Mr. Fylkir Þ. Sævarsson became the first man to swim across Lake Þingvallavatn.

On the day of the swim I got tremendous help with preparations from Mr. Kristinn Magnússon and his wife. I absentmindedly forgot to put on my swim trunks before leaving for the swim, so the first thing I needed to do was to find a secluded place to undress and put on my trunks. Quite a number of people had shown up to watch the swim since I had been interviewed by the very enthusiastic press earlier that day. The rescue team was ready and waiting and nothing left except to go. The weather was fine with very little wave action.

Since I had always before swam along the shoreline for safety reasons I was a little apprehensive about swimming out into the lake itself. I expected to find cold currents coming from fissures at the bottom of the lake. As I swam into deeper waters farther from shore it felt more like swimming in the open ocean. In the middle of the lake I gazed down and it was seemingly bottomless but became more shallow and then became bottomless again. The deep cold current never came. After a little over two hours of swimming I came to shore on the sandy beach between Riðuvík and Markartangi. Quite a number of people were there to greet me as well as the media.

My training swim preparations really made a difference and I didn't have any shivers at all after the swim. Up until this point in time the expression „Everything that goes down Lake Þingvallavatn never comes up again“. My swim has proven this saying to be false. This fact alone made a great deal of difference to me.

Fylkir swimming in Lake Þingvallavatn.

 

The links below link to news articles about Fylkir's swim. They are in Icelandic.

Plans on swimming across Lake Þingvallavatn - Article from mbl.is dated 5.8.2001.

Mr. Fylkir Þ. Sævarsson swam across Lake Þingvallavatn - Article from mbl.is dated 5.8.2001

 

The links below link to news articles about Fylkir's open water swims. They are in Icelandic.

"We are quite capable" says Viðey island swimming champ - Article from mbl.is dated 7.11.1999.

Swim to Viðey island completed - Article from mbl.is dated 7.11.1999.

Easily accomplished - Article from mbl.is dated 7.13.1999.

Swimming champs in Fossvogur cove - Article from mbl.is dated 7.23.2000.

Plan on swimming together out to Viðey island next weekend - Article from mbl.is dated 7.25.2000.

Swam from Viðey island to Reykjavik - Article from mbl.is dated 1.8.2000.

Plans on swimming across Lake Þingvallavatn - Article from mbl.is dated 5.8.2001.

Swam across Lake Þingvallavatn - Article from mbl.is dated 5.8.2001.

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