Courtesy of Ger Kennedy, Mikkelvik Brygge, Skagøysund, Norway.

Ger Kennedy is heading to Murmansk, Russia for the International Ice Swimming Association 3rd World Championship in mid-March.

But he branched off to Mikkelvik Brygge in Skagøysund, Norway and completed his Polar Ice Mile at 70° 3′ 12.312” N 19° 1′ 55.2396” E after doing three test swims totaling 2.5 km.

I decided to take on a deep water lap of recently claimed island [that he jokingly called Oileán na hÉireann],” said Kennedy of his 34 minute 5 second dip in the sea punctuated with sea ice in -5°C air and -1°C wind chill. “It was a very tough swim, but I felt strong in the 2°C water with a little head wind on part of the swim. The recovery was very strong [taking] approximately 10 minutes in the recovery shower room.”

But he was not the only one would successfully completed the challenge of a Polar Ice Mile en route to Murmansk: Rory Fitzgerald, Pakie Bolster, and Kate Steels also joined a very exclusive group of ice swimmers.

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