Provider: The Guardian
Categories: World & Regional

Swimming under the ice: ‘There’s nothing. You are completely alone’

Evening is falling and the cold winter light is bleeding out of a steel-coloured sky. Soon the short Scandinavian afternoon will give way to night here on the edge of Lake Sonnanen in the south of Finland. Not a single gust of wind moves the pine branches; not a single ripple disturbs the water’s surface. Nothing disturbs this infinite expanse of trees, ice and snow enveloped by absolute silence.