By Jack Williams
This intrepid explorer takes the term on thin ice literally – spending his time skating across sheets of dangerous dark ‘wild’ ice.
Photographer and videographer Henrik Trygg, 46, can be found skating majestically across such surfaces in his native Sweden – capturing the beautiful scenery in the process.
Using drones to capture his thrill-seeking pursuits, Henrik can be seen cruising along on his blades, which he describes as the most efficient non-mechanical way to get around.
On average, the skater travels between 25 and 30 miles on an average day of skating, passing scenery that ranges from forests next to rivers to government buildings in towns or cities whose lakes have frozen over.
As the ice that Henrik skates across is dangerously thin – just two inches thick at times – high-pitched cracks can often be heard as he moves along.
Henrik said: “For me it’s not a sport.
“It’s more like an adventure when you can explore the archipelago and the bigger lakes.
“You never know how far you can get and how the ice looks on the other side of the island, for example.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty in it.”
Having skated for decades, Henrik said you gradually feel safer and safer on icy surfaces – but he is never 100 per cent certain ice is safe to skate on.
In order to prepare for such adventures he spends hours looking into temperatures and atmospheric conditions.
There are, he admits, a number of plunges each year, where those in the wild ice skating community do fall through the ice unexpectedly.
On these occasions, however, Henrik said the person usually gets out of the water quickly and heads home to dry off and only very rarely are there serious issues.
Going forward, Henrik plans to undertake more such adventures, capturing them on film.
He said: “The biggest challenge is to know where to go and find the best ice.
“It takes a lot of experience to figure it out.”