In 2002 (August 7th) Mr. Kristinn Magnússon became the second man to swim across Lake Þingvallavatn.

The swim across Lake Þingvallavatn was my final preparatory swim before swimming to the Vestmannaeyjar islands in the summer of 2002. In that year I swam to Engey island, Viðey island, across Hvalfjörður fjord, to Drangey island and across Lake Þingvallavatn but I had to postpone my swim to the Vestmannaeyjar islands due to harsh weather conditions.

I began my Lake Þingvallavatn swim from Nesjavellir, unlike Fylkir, to be the first to swim north across the lake. I made good progress to begin with until I was about half way across the lake. Then I encountered a strong oncoming current from the depths which took a lot of effort to overcome. I was overturned by wave action a few times. At last I reached shore at Mjóanesoddi. The lake Þingvallavatn swim is the toughest yet most pleasing open water swim that I have ever swam in crystal clear, well tasting water. The swim is the experience of a lifetime not soon to be forgotten.

I want to thank Mr. Hrafnkell Marinósson and the Hafnarfjörður Rescue Team for their assistance during the swim.


Below are links to articles about the swim. They are in Icelandic.

Feeling cold is a state of mind - article from dated 8.11.2002


Below are links to articles about Kristin's open water swimming. They are in Icelandic.

Swims to Viðey island - article from dated 7.4.1998

The elements were having fun with me - article from dated 7.7.1998

Set a speed record during the Grettissund swim - article from dated 8.6.1998

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

The swim to Viðey island completed - Article from dated 7.11.1999.

Easily accomplished - Article from dated 7.13.1999.

Swimming champs in Fossvogur cove - Article in dated 7.23.2000.

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

They swam from Viðey island to Reykjavik - Article from dated 1.8.2000.

The swim to Engey island is the first of seven open water swims - article from dated 6.27.2000.

Swam to Viðey island for the third time - article from dated 7.17.2002.

Swam to Drangey island for the second time - article from dated 7.23.2002.

Feeling cold is a state of mind - Article from dated 8.11.2002

Swam from the Vestmannaeyjar islands to the mainland in 4 hours - article from dated 9.2.2003.