Fjord swimmers cross mountain lake in Norway

NORWAY: Three members of Sogn Fjord Swimming Club took to the hills and swam the length of Fjærlandsete mountain lake in the county of Sogn og Fjordane, Norway last month.

Reidun Strand, Oddbjørg Hildeskor and Siri Storevik, all from Leikanger, hopped into the cold mountain lake early in the afternoon on 20 August 2011. One hour and ten minutes later, they crawled ashore at the western end of the lake, near Sumhaug.

– It was pretty chilly, said Reidun Strand, and admitted that the relatively long swim in such cold water paid its toll on her fingers.

The distance of the swim was approximately 1. 6 kilometer. They started the swim at Sanden, at the eastern end of the lake, 760 above sea level.

Taking safety seriously, the three swimmers were accompanied by Reidun's husband, Magne, who followed them across the lake in a boat. . We had life vests in the boat, explained Reidun, just in case.

This is the first time anyone is reported to have swum the length of the Fjærlandssete lake. Well done ladies!