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TRIBE GRETTIR CHALLENGE IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC IN MAINE

Updated: Jul 20, 2023

This last weekend, our Tribe members and their families in Maine took the Tribe’s Grettir Challenge and plunged into the North Atlantic. The outside temperature was 14 degrees Fahrenheit – or -10 degrees Celsius with a water temperature in the 30’s Fahrenheit range. Over a 1,000 years ago, on Iceland, Grettir the Outlaw, of Grettir’s Saga, swam the roughly five-mile North Atlantic gap from the island of Drangey to the Icelandic mainland. He then warmed himself in a thermal pool now called Grettislaug in his honor. Grettir was on Drangey in exile. The Tribe has been to Grettislaug and friends of ours have been on the island. Grettir is known for his epic feats of strength and courage, and he inspires the Tribe.


From the Saga:


"Grettir then prepared for his swim. He wore a cloak of coarse material with breeches and had his fingers webbed. The weather was fine; he left the island towards the evening. Illugi thought his journey was hopeless. Grettir had the current with him and it was calm as he swam towards the fjord. He smote the water bravely and reached Reykjanes after sunset. He went into the settlement at Reykir, bathed in the night in a warm spring, and then entered the hall, where it was very hot and a little smoky from the fire which had been burning there all day. He was very tired and slept soundly, lying on right into the day."

Raw Video by Cat’s Eye Studio of Maine.

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Grettir Challenge - Polar Bear Plunge

This last weekend, our Tribe members and their families in Maine took the Tribe’s Grettir Challenge and plunged into the North Atlantic. The outside temperature was 14 degrees Fahrenheit – or -10 degrees Celsius with a water temperature in the 30’s Fahrenheit range. Over a 1,000 years ago, in Iceland, Grettir the Outlaw, of Grettir’s Saga, swam the roughly five-mile North Atlantic gap from the island of Drangey to the Icelandic mainland. He then warmed himself in a thermal pool now called Grettislaug in his honor. Grettir was on Drangey in exile. The Tribe has been to Grettislaug and friends of ours have been on the island. Grettir is known for his epic feats of strength and courage, and he inspires the Tribe.


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