Johanna Under the Ice — “There Is No Place for Fear, No Place for Panic, No Place for Mistakes”

The storytelling power of images. Here is a beautiful example of the marriage of words and visuals, conveying a story that is above both words and images.

Johanna Nordblad holds the world record in free-diving under ice. For 50 meters she lets herself glide through the ice-cold water, without oxygen, wearing only a neoprene suit.

Not only the passion of this woman is unusual, unusual is also the way how she discovered this her unusual passion. In an accident with the bike she almost lost one leg. Only thanks to intensive ice therapy in the clinic her leg could be saved.

This awakened Johanna’s love for the cold element.

AFP photographer Olivier Morin has accompanied the extreme sportswoman to a frozen lake in Finland, where she cut her way through 45 centimeters of thick ice into the freezing element she learned to love so much.

Follow Johanna’s journey.

Johanna Nordblad | Olivier Morin / AFP
Johanna Nordblad | Olivier Morin / AFP
Johanna Nordblad | Olivier Morin / AFP
Johanna Nordblad | Olivier Morin / AFP
Johanna Nordblad | Olivier Morin / AFP
Johanna Nordblad | Olivier Morin / AFP
Johanna Nordblad | Olivier Morin / AFP


  • impressive movie!!
    and great pictures in the movie and the stills here. She must have a great health and condition. Free diving in caves and under ice is very special and you need to trust in what you are doing.
    Decades ago I did free diving, more than 50m wide, but a few meters under the surface is no problem. I did more than 12m deep and that is different, as you always know, that you need enough reserves for a long way back, and it feels very long, when you run out of air in your lung.