Watch some free diving beneath ice for your daily dose of NOPE

Johanna Nordblad holds the world record for free diving under ice. This gorgeous film captures the beauty and danger. She can stay under for more than 6.5 minutes with no gear of any kind.

After a biking accident, Finnish free diver Johanna Nordblad nearly lost her leg to necrosis. As part of her treatment, she began free diving under the freezing Arctic ice. The pain was agony when she first started; now she holds a world record for the sport she grew to love. British director Ian Derry joined her on a dive in this short documentary for an experience he describes as "literally breathtaking."

She promised she'd try to break a distance record this month. Here's her last one:

Green Water Productions (Thanks, Jordan Deschamps-Braly!)

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  1. Yep. Nope.

    Also "no gear of any kind" =/= naked free ice diving... yet.

  2. Needs a Werner Herzog voice over

    "Only now ve realize the beauty as ze last air bubbles of her lungs dance under ze ice looking for the vay to heaven above"

  3. Beat me to it. That insulated diving suit definitely counts as gear, as does the mermaid-style fin. I think Andrea probably meant no breathing gear of any kind.

    ETA: ok, having watched the second video: that counts as no gear of any kind. And is about 1000% scarier than the first one. Johanna Nordblad is definitely some kind of mer-being, or else an entirely insane human being.

  4. jyoti says:

    Aw HELLZ no. Nup. Nope. Fuck that shit.

  5. Here you are (slightly NSFW):

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