A Norwegian man in his mid-40s claims it was “fantastic” to swim roughly 700 kilometers all the way around the southern coast of Norway this summer. Knut Ivan Rasmussen admitted it also was “a bit strange” after not setting foot on land since diving into the water in Oslo on July 1.
Rasmussen, age 44, only crawled onto the boat that followed him to sleep and eat during his swim from Oslo to Bergen. He said he was bothered by jellyfish and strong waves during his trek, but otherwise arrived last week at Vågen in Bergen in fine form.
He was met by ships’ horns, fountains of water shot up by a fire boat, applause and cheers from supporters waiting on the dock. He told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that he was highly pleased by his festive welcome to Bergen.
A psychologist by profession, Rasmussen wrote his master’s thesis on the fear of failing to meet goals. His maraton swimming trek was sort of an experiment to extend his thesis. “This is the craziest thing I’ve done, and the most extreme,” he told NRK when he first dove into the sea six weeks ago.