The 2002 swim

In 2002 (August 7th) Mr. Kristinn Magnússon became the second man in history to swim across Lake Þingvallavatn. The swim across Lake Thingvallavatn was my final training swim before my swim to the Vestmannaeyjar islands in the summer of 2002. During that year I swam to Engey island, Viðey island, across Hvalfjörður fjord, to Drangey island and across Lake Thingvallavatn but I had to postpone my swim to the Vestmannaeyjar…

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Location and weather

Start and finish: Start from the tip of Mjóanes in Bláskógabyggð county. Finish at the sandy beach between Riðvík and Markatangi in Grímsnes- og Grafningshreppi county. Weather Þingvellir current weather conditions from automatic weather stations. Þingvellir weather forecast for next few days from automatic weather stations. Water temperature Approx. 10°C (50°F) in July (data provided by the National Power Company of Iceland) Average wind velocity. 3.3 m/s (6.4 kts) in…

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News

Some informative facts about Lake Thingvallavatn from The National Energy Authority (Icelandic) Some facts about hypothermia: Cold Injuries Guidelines The Thingvallasund was in 17th place on an international top 100 list of the most interesting open water swims.

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The Swim Event

Rules of participation To participate in the Thingvallasund swim event, participants must have registered (see Registration) and paid the confirmation fee. Participants must also demonstrate that they are capable of swimming a distance of 3,5 km (2.17 miles) in under 70 minutes without mishap and under supervision in either fresh or seawater. Note: The temperature of the water in the Thingvallasund swim event is about 10°C (50°F). The Thingvallasund swim…

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Associates

The Reykjavík Energy Company The landowners of Mjóanes and their tenants. The landowner of Riðvík and Markartangi, The Reykjavík Energy Company. The Icelandic Swimming Association The Icelandic Swimming Association recognizes the Thingvallasund swim event, maintains records of accomplishment and issues certificates of accomplishment upon completion of the swim event. The certificate of accomplishment shall state the route of the swim, the duration of the swim and the participant’s swimwear. If…

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The 2012 swim

In 2012 (August 25th) Mr. Kristinn Magnússon, Mr. Árni Þór Árnason, Mr. Hálfdán Örnólfsson and Mr. Benedikt Hjartarson swam across Lake Thingvallavatn. They started from the Mjóanes peninsula and landed in Riðvík 5 km. away. The swim went well, in spite of somewhat heavy side waves most of the way. The temperature of the water was about 11.5 °C. Mr. Hálfdán Örnólfsson was the first to arrive at Riðvík with…

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History of the swim

The initial idea for swimming across Lake Thingvallavatn came from Mr. Fylkir Sævarsson in the summer of 2000. He turned his idea into reality the following year when he swam from the tip of Mjóanes in the county of Bláskógabyggð, across the lake to the sandy beach between Riðvík and Markartangi in the county of Grímsnes and Grafningshreppur. Fylkir swimming in Lake Thingvallavatn. In the summer of 2002, Mr. Kristinn…

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