While the waters of the Hardanger Fjord are known for being chilly, it’s the first time in the race’s 13-year history that the swim has been shortened. Today the temperature was measured at 10.5 degrees Celsius.
Norway has had a very cold spring and summer, with many mountaintops still sporting snow and waterfalls full of snowmelt flowing directly into lakes and fjords, keeping water temperatures unseasonably low.
“For safety reasons we don’t want anyone to be exposed to the cold water longer than 75 minutes,” said race director Tommy Storøygard.
Athletes who haven’t finished the swim within 75 minutes will be picked up by the Norseman crew. The swim exit will now be to the left of the pier, but the location of T1 will remain the same – this means athletes will have a slightly longer run to transition.