'Death diver' jumps into icy waters in heart-stopping video

Alex Lasker
In The Know

Arne Haugland, a Norwegian man who competes in “death diving” competitions, shared a video of himself taking a terrifying, head-first leap into a hole in a partially frozen body of water in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago located between mainland Norway and the North Pole.

An apparent seasoned veteran in the art of ice diving, Haugland comes back up quickly in another hole just feet away from the one he initially disappeared into.

But still, to a novice, the footage is nerve-wracking and may prove difficult to watch.

Don’t try this one at home, kids.


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Ice ice 🧊

A post shared by Arne Haugland (@avhaugland) on May 5, 2020 at 4:20am PDT

Last week, Haugland shared a similar video of himself flopping off of a dock onto a partially frozen body of water, breaking straight through the thin frozen surface.

In my unprofessional opinion… ouch.


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I wanted to feel like a seal 🧊

A post shared by Arne Haugland (@avhaugland) on Apr 28, 2020 at 10:44am PDT

Haugland has competed in amateur “death diving” competitions, where athletes jump off platforms up to 32-feet high with their arms and legs extended in an X-formation. Just before they hit the water, competitors curl into a fetal position, breaking the surface tension with their feet, knees and elbows instead of their stomachs to avoid serious injury.

Divers are judged on how long they can hold their original pose before entering the water in a true test of nerves.

Watch Haugland compete in the 2018 video below:

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