Good To Go In A Glacial Fjord

Good To Go In A Glacial Fjord

Photo from the 2017 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships courtesy of Johannes Simon/Bongarts, Bavaria, Germany.

Kinga Korin is a 37-year-old ice swimmer from Siemianowice, Poland started out the year 2017 with an Ice Kilometer at the Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships in Burghausen, Germany in January. She finished in 19 minutes 3.02 seconds in the 3.40°C water with -11.10°C wind chill.

Kinga Korin, Guinness World Record holder

That was good preparation for her Guinness World Record swim in Norway where she completed the Most Northerly Ice Swim by a Female at 78.3°N in June in the Nordfjorden glacial fjord in in Spitsbergen, Svalbard.

Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole. It is one of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas and is known for its rugged, remote terrain of glaciers and frozen tundra sheltering polar bears, Svalbard reindeer, and Arctic foxes. The Northern Lights are visible during winter, and summer brings the midnight sun or sunlight 24 hours a day.

Korin swam 1.09 km in 20 minutes 5 seconds in the 4.6°C water.

Korin was joined by others including expedition leader Leszek Naziemiec from Poland who swam 1.66 km in 39 minutes 39 seconds, Lukaz Tkacz of Poland who swam 1.85 km in 45 minutes 44 seconds, Marek Grzywa of Poland who swam 1.64 km in 34 minutes 59 seconds; and Ram Barkai of South Africa who swam 1.66 km in 28 minutes 16 seconds.

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Steven Munatones