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The Giants of Iceland

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Subscribe to FIGHTLAND: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-Fightland Despite its tiny population, Iceland has a reputation in the World's Strongest Man competition that stands higher than perhaps any other country's. This small, black rock in the middle of the ocean has produced a lineage of strongmen dating back to the Vikings. VICE went out there to investigate why this tiny island produces such strong people. Hanging out at Jakabol—a gym run by ex-champion Magnus Ver Magnusson—we met a whole host of Icelandic strongmen, which includes Hafthor "Thor" Bjornsson, the 6'9" star of Game of Thrones. Check out more episodes of Fringes on VICE here: http://www.vice.com/Fringes Check out the Best of VICE here: http://bit.ly/VICE-Best-Of Subscribe to VICE here! http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com
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Killian Smith (28 minutes ago)
he obviously didnt want to get his sweatshirt icy
Stefan Karl Steffanson is icelandic
Thành Hồ (8 hours ago)
Salute to the giant man
Dimentive (15 hours ago)
What about strong women?
Roy Ye (23 hours ago)
Spinach is an excellent source of iron and calcium😁😂😂
I´m from Iceland
Gettin BeyWay (1 day ago)
I wanna meet the guy in the thumbnail. Lol And the Square Meter guy.
Smiley Face (1 day ago)
Imagine getting fucked by these dudes
bennet alex (1 day ago)
God they are so hot !!
Luiz Neto (1 day ago)
I'm wet😂
Dxxx (1 day ago)
His accent sounds like hes russian and irish haha
Lucas Garcia (1 day ago)
I just got through puberty again watching this
DwarfKing (2 days ago)
didn't Thor recently reach that goal of being the worlds strongest man?
Johny Cage (2 days ago)
The coach has the same voice as The Hound in Game of thrones
Fizzy Toast (2 days ago)
imagine a strongman in wwe or something like that
Descendant of a slave (2 days ago)
Preserve your culture Icelandics.
Demonsrage Wow (2 days ago)
*The badasses of Iceland
Ricky (2 days ago)
If these were from my country they would be arrogant obnoxious idiots. These guys are so humble. It's lovely <3
Joel Koffi (2 days ago)
That’s dumb 😂😂 risk ur life fr sum bullshit
THE SIMPLE GROUP (2 days ago)
TornadeReal (2 days ago)
They're accent is like brittish do they drink the geothermal cooldown water?
commento bill (2 days ago)
The land of hunks and daddies
AKS World (3 days ago)
I’d hire them
Joseph Deffendoll (3 days ago)
Ukraine is weak. Russia is strong!!!
BrandonLamarMusic (3 days ago)
Shahbaz Khan (3 days ago)
I was in this local sports club with indoor pool in Iceland .love it
Maurice Minevera (3 days ago)
Go Iceland
Lokopixo (3 days ago)
Damn.. neon cross in a cementary in the middle of nowhere in the coldest place of the world with burried strongmen in a viking society.. nothing is more Synthwave than this..
Toastie (3 days ago)
Funny how he sounds scottish
*DADDY BETTER MAKE ME CHOKE* I need one of these guys xxx
John Johnny (4 days ago)
I hope twenty years later iCeland won't be famous for acid attacks , honour killings , turbanted women , lessons in Arabic and other shit
NSS Prod. (4 days ago)
what's the music at 17:00. I'm in love with this music and documentary. Big respect to the Icelandic people. 👌👍🔥
Emma Fan (4 days ago)
Iceland men are so popular now. Just look at their soccer players at the World Cup. They are so cute!
The Illuminati (4 days ago)
Iceland is tougher than amaricans
Riddle MASTER (4 days ago)
Born and raised in different area of the world makes you a different individual, and it almost seem Stereotypical even though its not, its just a general trait that most "normal" Majority of a person from a certain area share Born and raised In African Nation: makes you run faster,jump higher, Born and Raised in England: Makes you appear more polite than most people And you'll love football Born and Raised in South Korea: You'll be able to do Taekwondo Kicks from childhood You'll probably grow up into a fine asian person Born and raised in the northlands: turn you into superhuman Born and raised in the pacific makes you a better swimmer,fisherman Born and raised in the Southeast Asia: you'll be more knowledgeable in Farming and nature. More adaptive to language Born and raised in Tibet And Mongolia: you're most likely to become tolerable to snowing And most likely to become a monk Born and raised in the Deserts Climate You tolerate heat better Born and raised in America Makes you An American have slight chance of Obesity Loves Fastfood Guns Fast Car And Absolute Freedom
Yasser Pundaodaya (5 days ago)
Kinda wanna hug them like huuuge teddy bears, but at the same time, I'm afraid they'll bug back and accidentally squeeze me to death.
Michał Sarniak (7 days ago)
Mariusz Pudzian Pudzianowski is the strongest Man of the univers
Brutal_ Panda (7 days ago)
Bfg, anyone?
Kai the Fierce (7 days ago)
man, you gotta have a shotgun to take it out
Jay Gill (8 days ago)
Arnold Schwarzenegger @ 14:02
b william (8 days ago)
Oh...so they're Frost Giants
s af (9 days ago)
this is fuckin crazy bro
hoodedcroissant (10 days ago)
it's so weird how iceland is such a small country, my dad is from there and i talked about this video with him cus it has so many views and all he was like "jakaból? yeah i knew so guys who trained there, it's sad though cus that one guy i went to school with died"
hoodedcroissant (10 days ago)
and then theres my dad and uncles in iceland,, don't expect everyone to look like this if you visit lol
Fridrick The IV (11 days ago)
Battle Royal with Icelandic giants .
hng man (11 days ago)
Iceland is literally jotunnheim
PuRe (12 days ago)
ik not to date a girl from iceland now xD
Neyk 12 (12 days ago)
the fatasses of iceland
Brandon Yeaman (12 days ago)
Those aluminum blocks came from my backyard. Alcoa aluminum plant.
King Thatcher (12 days ago)
ethan carroll (13 days ago)
I cant believe I found this just now for Clash of Clans: https://extragems.com/ It really works! (6IMUpu)
Zumar (13 days ago)
Ice land is a bunch of giant Russians
Angel wick city (13 days ago)
Just like it is in the Samoan island and Polynesian islands, big strong guys, who don't lift
Angel wick city (9 days ago)
+Unknown Temptation well I see these guys lifting
Unknown Temptation (9 days ago)
Angel wick city it’s all genes except that most Polynesians and Samoans are strong fat , these guys are naturally buff
Angel wick city (13 days ago)
Is it true the govt pays you to marry and date an Iceland women?
Angel wick city (12 days ago)
+cynical1800 so why do they pay men to marry Iceland women, is it because there isn't enough man for the women?
cynical1800 (12 days ago)
Yes. There's also hot local women that want to meet up with you in your town.
Erind Avdiu (13 days ago)
Vagnus won strongest man 3 times not 4
BarracudaMTL (14 days ago)
I’m tired just looking at this video ...
Lick M'Quack (14 days ago)
What the fuck are they nursing their babies with in Iceland? Lethal dosages of growth hormones?
DFash (14 days ago)
even his voices also changed 😶
NSITF MCPE (14 days ago)
i sometimes wonder if the giants in greek mythology were based on icelandic men
Asher Simpson (3 days ago)
There's actually a very interesting theory about the Hyperboreans. They are a race of Ice giants from the far north. Several mythological experts have theorised they could be based on the early germanic tribes in northern europe that greek explorers may have encountered
MultiKorven123 (15 days ago)
That reporter guy lacks a lot of testosterone it feels
Lisa Tusia (15 days ago)
I need to move to Iceland
I'll bE cHiLlInG (15 days ago)
Wonder why
Mr.Krow181 (15 days ago)
planet fitness hates them
Hump Mater69 (15 days ago)
My dick is too strong even they can't lift it
Hump Mater69 (15 days ago)
He is literally describing battle royale
South Slavs are taller than Dutch
Ufc Prodigy (15 days ago)
4:27 he predicted Fortnite
Charliezard (15 days ago)
i want to enter . oh damn 2:50
Cougar Karns (16 days ago)
The chad Scandinavian vs the virgin British
talin nalo (16 days ago)
Dee Alberta (17 days ago)
The nfl should scout here
Doopadoo Man (17 days ago)
so, american ninja warrior
Volkstrum Soldier (19 days ago)
Gives me inspiration to keep working out to become a stronger man well boy because I’m not a man yet
Lia Flexx (19 days ago)
So this is where Thor is from!
sorellla (20 days ago)
what is politically incorrect about the strong man competition? Im not being funny or anything, i literally dont know
b barton (21 days ago)
Untimely death?! Roids!
Jennifer Brdar (21 days ago)
Mmmmhmmm..he can invade my tiny Croat village anytime!😘😜😍
I'll bE cHiLlInG (15 days ago)
Needa calm down thot
Cole R (21 days ago)
Wonder how that soy reporter felt in front of real men
They sound like your friendly Russian uncle or relative that has a hobby that doesn’t fit their personality at all.
TNTswordThaBest (22 days ago)
So many subtitle options
Melissa (22 days ago)
Dang, I’m from Texas and some of the guys look like this but it’s only the athletes. We’re slacking off.
Ermuhambet Calmenov (22 days ago)
Qazhymúqan Müŋaitpasovty esine tusiresiŋ
Max Holehousr (22 days ago)
That ysl jumper is sock. Really wanna know where to buy it again
PaterTenebrarum1 (23 days ago)
I hereby rename square meter... henceforth he shall be known as cubic meter.
NO Name (23 days ago)
The tattoo artist ist adorable
La Féte (23 days ago)
The people of iceland seem really noice 😂😂
WestChi (23 days ago)
SO many christian crosses among those viking graves.
person person (24 days ago)
gluten free bleach (25 days ago)
Well that's hot
Pete grimes (25 days ago)
Is thor the hounds mute brother in GOT ?
Aldilan Noorman (25 days ago)
Play slap with them end up with amnesia .
Neil Wiggs (25 days ago)
Well, theres really not that much more to do in Iceland besides lift...lol
Az Con (25 days ago)
It is odd watching this, as a strongman, i know some of these guys (amateur strongmen often get to meet these guys its a much smaller community than mainstream sport) and i know everything about the sport and its history the way you know your family. This is one of the first times ive seen a documentary created outside the strongman circle, created without the assumption that you know who these guys are and what the sport is. Any other time its been to ridicule. To laugh at their freakish strength and their 'odd' ways. I really appreciate vice's ability to show the true side to this stuff without resorting to stereotype and ridicule. For me, it has given them credibility, in my eyes, when they explore topics i am not so intimately familiar with. Bravo vice.
philipp (25 days ago)
Oh no the beautiful YSL sweater
Despicable M3m3s (26 days ago)
MystiKasT (26 days ago)
Nice homogeneous society!
Daniel Cashion (26 days ago)
No Pussies 😎
ImNotAnEmoCat (27 days ago)
meanwhile I'm an Icelander in Indonesia sitting in bed all day
ShalomShaq (27 days ago)
Giant my ass. Even if from another planet, they all abuse steroids and injection hormones.
Graham Hardie (28 days ago)
remember boys, keep those testosterone levels good and healthy and reject (((SOY))).
Mivias (28 days ago)
I HAVE A QUESTION PLEASE ANSWER IF U KNOW is it true that a strong man gets his power build around chest back arm muscle neck muscle and works little on the abdomen and feet? i mean yeah getting those weightts on your back works you leg to of course and also some of their excersises work their abdomen to but they are not extremly amazing at lega and abdomen, is that right? i repeat they are not THE BEST at legs and abdomen not that they don t have them of course

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