Originally posted on The Last Angry Fan  |  Last updated 1/5/12

When you think of the sport of ice fishing normally what you envision is a couple of guys sitting around a hole in the ice, freezing their carcasses while they try catching some fish, and calling it a sport.  If they’re lucky or privileged enough they’ll have their own ice fishing hut which adds much needed warmth and comfort, otherwise it’s just some fishermen perched on a small chair or overturned bucket, fishing in the freezing cold.

In Finland however, they prefer their ice fishing a tad more on the extreme side, so they do it under the ice.  And if you thought North American ice fishing was cold, what with the sitting out in the elements with minimal shelter and all, imagine donning a wet suit and going into an ice covered lake.  I don’t care how much thermal protection those suits offer, do that and you won’t see your testicles for weeks.

This video of some divers “fishing” in Lake Saarijärvi in Vaala, Finland, is mind blowingly beautiful, but not really when you figure out the gimmick.  Still, and maybe it’s just me, but diving under the ice in a lake or other body of water, regardless of the safety precautions in place, borders on the insane.

Video follows the jump…

Until I had their trick figured out, I kept waiting for SpongeBob Squarepants to make an appearance…or his Finnish equivalent, SieniBob NeliöAlushousut.

[Buzzfeed]

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