Josef Köberl Swims in the Natural Ice Palace at Hintertux Glacier

6
Nov 2017

Enjoying glaciers, mountains, and ice water the Austrian way

Elaine K Howley, 6 November 2017

Last month, Austrian ice swimmer and IISA Austria Country Chair Josef Köberl played tour guide to a unique location for some ice swimming training in the mountains of Tyrol, an exquisitely beautiful part of western Austria. Better known for its amazing skiing, this corner of the world is also home to the Natural Ice Palace at Hintertux Glacier, which resides deep below the slopes of Glacier Ski Resort. Inside the cave, some 35 meters below the surface, lies a 32-meter deep, 80-meter long ice lake. It looks like a long, narrow canal and it’s filled with crystal clear, 0-degree water. The glacier's blue-green ice arcs over the lake, making it the perfect, naturally cooled pool for some ice training. Köberl and several other swimmers were featured in an Austrian television program exploring curious and interesting aspects of life in Austria. Check out the amazing footage—the segment about ice swimming in Hintertux begins 9 minutes into the video.

Congrats on the nice coverage, Josef, and thanks for helping us learn about yet another place we want to go swim!

 

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