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Iceland. Its very name suggests a kind of strength. Something about its viking history, its inhospitable climate, and massive geothermal power has given the country an almost unparallel reputation in the world’s strongest man competition. It might have a population of just 300,000 people, but amongst those are some of the strongest that have ever lived. This small, black, volcanic rock is full of strong men. Everywhere you look, there are tough guys, men at checkout counters, driving taxis, or selling refrigerators. It’s an island of giants. Isolation and adversity, has fueled this tiny nation’s strength, but also contributed to tragedy. NEST OF GIANTS We arrived in the heart of mid-winter, when the average temperature is minus 15, and daylight rarely stretches beyond four hours. Our first destination was Jakaból, a notorious strongman gym. This name translates as “Nest of the giants”. JAKABÓL GYM. By the looks of the place, it’s got quite a, sort of, clandestine vibe going on. I can imagine that you have to sort of knock three times. It’s kind of “fight-club-esque”. Jakaból occupies a significant, but sad place in the history of Icelandic strongmen. It was first opened by Jón Páll Sigmarsson, the ice-blond poster-boy for the scene, and the four-time world’s strongest man. However, upon his untimely death, the gym closed down only to be reopened by his archrival, and the other four-time world’s strongest man winner, Magnús Ver Magnússon. On a personal level, Magnús Ver Magnússon is someone who I remember growing up, and it’s quite weird to think that all these years later, I would be in the middle of an Icelandic industrial state, hanging out with this man-beast himself. Jakaból is not your average gym. It looks more like a construction site than a pilates studio. There are no zumba classes here. Just steel, concrete, and sweat. [No pussies] So, obviously, looking around Jakaból, these aren’t the kind of things that you can go down and buy in your local sports shop. There are a lot of things I’ve developed. I know how to build things, I know how to work with metal, stuff like that. And so, making aluminium blocks, for example, that whole thing was my idea. The loglift, I built that myself. The cylinders as well, one thing here there isn’t nowhere else in the world, is what I call the “morning bit carry”. You carry that, like that. As far as you can. It’s so tough, it’s unreal. All the boys hate it. TRAINING SESSION. Are you quite hard on the boys? Sometimes. You gotta figure out a way to make them go to their limits, without killing them. 350, 351 [kg]… Do you think maybe the idea of the strongman kind of has had its day with guys like you and Jón Páll? The sport has grown. But I’m still waiting for it to take that really big leap. I used to love the carwalk. You would get in it like the Flintstones, and you walk off with the car and it looks amazing. Make it live, make it differently, you know what I mean? What I would love to see is like, throw a bunch of big, strong guys on an island, and make them like Survivor, and stuff like that. Show these guys they can do something else than just lift big things. Big men lifting big things is the essence of the world’s strongest man competition. In its 30-year history of thrills, spills, and ruptured ligaments, it’s moved from being a politically incorrect pantamime, to something more akin to a proper sport in recent years. [PÁLL LOGASON A.K.A “THE SQUARE METER”] [STRONGMAN] What’s it made out of? Concrete? Rubber. That’s rubber?! Not padding or anything, it’s just a steel bar. That’s a big no for a strongman, don’t use padding on anything. How does a four-time world’s strongest man reconsile getting weaker? Losing mass and losing strength, how does that make you feel? Well, I hate it. I really do. You look at something, and you go, “Yeah, I used to be lifting that, and it feels a lot heavier today.” You know what I mean? It’s been a bit of me for such a long time, that I’ll probably be buried with the bar. With some weights. Slowly, Jakaból began to fill up with strongmen. Everywhere you looked, there were big men lifting big things. But when a whole family showed up for a workout, the place took on a strangely domestic, everyday feel. I wonder what the people here did when they weren’t lifting building equipment. How they relaxed, and what they did for a living. And what is your day job? I work as a sales representer. I sell home appliances, refrigerators, and stuff. Some weekends and nights, I work as a bouncer. Do you enjoy that? No. It sucks a lot. It’s a horrible job. The fact is that being a strongman doesn’t absolve you from paying the bills. To find out more about the people at Jakaból’s day-to-day lives, we met with Ari Gunnarsson, another champion Icelandic strongman, [SUNDHÖLL REYKJAVÍKUR] who is off to his day job at the local pool. Come on, you can do it! Faster! Faster! You’re a lost cause, man. I don’t know what kind of swimming this was. Not butterfly, not breaststokes. It was a doggie style. My butterfly stroke was a humiliating experience, especially with the local kids and Ari’s somewhat out-of-shake collegue looking on. Is being strong useful in everyday situations? No, I wouldn’t say so. [ARI GUNNARSSON, STRONGMAN] I’m always tired, I’m so heavy, it’s always a pain in the knees, you know? When somebody asks me to help them move something, it’s very common and handy to pick on me, you know? “Oh, you’re strong, lift this cart for me,” or something. Is it a dangerous thing to be involved with, in terms of injuries and health problems and things like that? There are injuries in all sports, but in strongman, maybe a little bit see it more seriously. I tore my biceps tendon last summer. I was lifting a tire. 400 kilos. And I put my finger on it, and he said, “Go!” And I just heard that sound. In England, and in America and all sorts of places, I think we all grew up watching World’s Strongest Man. Usually on New Year’s Day, or something like that. We were all fascinated by it. It’s a different sport. You don’t see it quite often. You don’t see guys flipping cars, taking big stones. You don’t see it.

100 thoughts on “The Giants of Iceland

  1. damn man, why don't these guys get into a combat sport? how about boxing? or mma? the icelandic could make for some great future heavyweight champions.

  2. Maybe that’s why Nordic people believed in the Jötnar .. (giants) because some of their people were giants and maybe were seen as a different people or caste .. 🤔🤷🏽‍♂️

  3. Good reporting is a reporter who gets involved. I have heard Magnus's name before and over the years has become synonymous with Strongest Man. I really enjoyed watching the competition.

  4. VIEWERS : THIS IS A SHILL SITE ! It has a long history of SHOVELING BULLSHIT as real news !
    VICE NEWS just did a " HIT PIECE " on " Amazing Polly " and her channel on YT and IT FAILED AWESOMELY !
    Check out ALL the lies & deceit " VICE NEWS " SHOVELS TO THE PUBLIC AS TRUTH and do the research on this DESPOTIC CHANNEL and George Soros the PSYCHOPATH TO HUMANITY, he was recently reported to have given MILLIONS OF DOLLARS to keep it afloat. HBO & VICE YOUR HISTORY and not soon enough for all your actions !

  5. All those guys look freakish!!! Way too much steroids. These guys will be an orthopedic nightmare in about 15 years! Is it really worth the damage they do to their bodies!

  6. One thing is tho that today's population there is alot taller and more muscular we have a very skewed idea of Vikings based upon movies and operas and now TV shows

  7. I don't think Hapthor (if that's the English spelling of his name) is standoffish… he seems to be really introverted… shy maybe?

  8. Vikings being large is a myth. As are most romanticized european tales.

  9. I'm strong I can lift sofas and big rocks and big logs and rip doors off and in year 11 I rip up a meal bench out of the grand from anger it probably best that i don't go to the gym I'm 17 I'm still growing so when I finish growing I will be stronger than i am now like when I was 3 years old I was lifting logs and dragging little trees at 7 years old I was lifting concrete slabs out the grand and when I was in school it taken 6 kids to lift a log that 6feet to 7feet long but i lifted it and through the log 2feet to 4feet just to show the kids not to mess with me and I was 10 to 11 years old when I did that I was bullied at school so that why I through it didn't work though

  10. I'd like to see in America….. no one graduates High School without passing am optimum young adult fitness exam…. same for elementary and junior high…. and the f——-ing fast food companies fund the thing….. yes.

  11. I hope yall know real Vikings never looked like these guys, the tequnique and nutrition needed to get this big didnt exist. Real Vikings were twinks compared to these guys and even by average standards.

  12. Deportations like these are some of the greatest rehabilitation measures. Away from old, bad environment and habits, starting fresh. Should be done much more often, even with people who acquired citizenship, but abused it.

  13. They do praise Iceland for halving suppirior genetics because of a ruf climate but the people of Iceland are Scandinavian, no intent to make conflict among Vikings but its not just Iceland that posesses the grate Scandinavian size and strength

  14. These men were flipping cars. CARS. On a side note, could they have found a whiter, pastier man to do this story? But he is a really good interviewer!

  15. Magnús ver was in the same school as my mother (seyðisfjarðarskóli). i grew up in seyðisfjörður but moved to the capital reykjavík when i was 5 and i still live there i go to seyðisfjörður almost every summer to see my grandparents and stuff.

  16. That pussy from VICE is trying to do sports in a Yves Saint Laurent pullover? What a douche nozzle.

  17. You can't keep so much strength and skill tied down selling refrigerators! It's not fair to them or the world!

  18. Why did he pick that colour for his snow coat?

    Not that I'd say that to his face, I'd say it looked very nice to his face

  19. My childhood friend callie's late hubby was a strong man and died lifting. His name was jesse murunde. She is now married to another strongman Nick Best.

  20. Those are the descendants of the fallen angels. The nephilian. And they are closer to the caves where they're forefathers came from

  21. White pride! We have SO much to be proud of… If you think there is something wrong with that YOU are the anti white racist. Nothing wrong with other people having just pride in their folk, but it's only racist if you're white.. makes ZERO sense if you have an open mind and use your brain.

  22. There's something wrong with the reporter's shoes..or he's feets are so damm big they look desproportional with his body!!

  23. Been watching Strongman since it's inception. Long time fan of a lot of these guys. Thanks for sharing this man!

  24. This guys are working out in the snow….I work out in temperatures of 110 degrees. I cant even imagine snow!

  25. 5:27 As I get older I'm getting weaker and I hate it. Some times I pick things up that were never a problem before and now I have a pulled mussel. I have aces an pains I never had before. But in my mind I can still do all the things I did when I was young. Oh how I hate it.

  26. If you look at most victories in strongman competition, you will notice the majority of the countries are all the countries that were viking or countries where the vikings went.

  27. Difference between America and Iceland :
    America : A soyboy who's doing a CHILD obstacles run in a YSL pull and can't even breath correctly after that
    Iceland : Big fucking real mens who could crush this leftist soyboy with one hand

  28. Clearly men don't know the strength of pussy lol …. pussy is 3rd most powerful thing on earth … money being second…

  29. I love how lyrical Icelandic is. And the way that they speak English. It's like they're reciting the sagas everyday

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