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This small lake outside Stockholm, Sweden, emits otherworldly sounds as Mårten Ajne skates over its precariously thin, black ice. “Wild ice skating,” or “Nordic skating,” is both an art and a science. A skater seeks out the thinnest, most pristine black ice possible—both for its smoothness, and for its high-pitched, laser-like sounds. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta Black ice is recently frozen, and can be as thin as 2 inches and still support the weight of a skater. Like a dome or arch, the support comes from the sides rather than the top, and the water underneath prevents the ice from breaking. But, experience and careful advance planning are key. Factors including temperature, atmospheric conditions, and even satellite images of the Earth’s surface are considered. It’s complicated, but appealing to mathematicians like Ajne. Even with preparation, there’s a risk of falling in… So it’s best done in groups, for safety. Read about the science behind Nordic skating in "How Skating on Thin Ice Creates Laser-Like Sounds" https://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/activities/winter-sports/skating-thin-black-ice-creates-sound-nordic-spd/ Hear the Otherworldly Sounds of Skating on Thin Ice | National Geographic https://youtu.be/v3O9vNi-dkA National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
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National Geographic (8 months ago)
Black ice is recently frozen and can be as thin as 2 inches! Do you think you want to try Nordic or wild ice skating? Make sure to try in groups if you do!
ĸaιne (12 days ago)
National Geographic I’m 12 I woud love too, me an my friend are buying ice skates thank yu
Jack Skellington (1 month ago)
Seriously, 1080p in 2018???? Come on! What is this, Apple?
Proletariat (1 month ago)
As kids we would hear this on the pond behind our house every year, pretty cool, you just don't want to stand in one spot too much, we often fell through, but it wasn't that deep, but very very cold.
Inam Ra (1 month ago)
In groups on 2 inch thick ice? Worst advice you can give.
Lamb Chop (1 hour ago)
I'd rather go fishing there. Looks wonderful.
NickPDX22 (9 hours ago)
With such *HUGE* testicles it’s amazing he didn’t break through!!
Joe T (10 hours ago)
Bucket list
rony 1324 (11 hours ago)
sophie and arca watched this video before making their first songs
Kartikeya Srivastava (15 hours ago)
Knotdead (20 hours ago)
For those who've never had the opportunity to skate on a lake or river as so.... it's the most imaginable freedom you can ask for, pure joy and amusement.
Benedict Zapanta (1 day ago)
Hit you with that Ddu Ddu Ddu
Ben Cafri (1 day ago)
“Your on thin ice pal... and it sounds amazing”
Mark Jones (1 day ago)
Sag at 1:46 🙀
Erik (1 day ago)
this looks so chill
Sim Salabim (1 day ago)
sounds like a Star Wars battle in the distance
siebe w (1 day ago)
have many people not heard ice cracking?
Jeronimo (1 day ago)
you hear it folks. better to breank int ice in cold water with gourps of people!!
Slash Le Pew (1 day ago)
He's walking on thin ice.
I love the part where they tell you skating on thin ice is better in a group.. Makes drowning a little more comfortable I suppose. Haha
Diego Gätjens (2 days ago)
I'm sorry but I'm a know-it-all autist and a professional member for test audiences, and the title is wrong when saying that the sounds are "otherworldly" when they are clearly being emitted in our own world. EDIT: Disliked the video for that reason, great content though...such a shame.
jin阿拉尔 (2 days ago)
any body know what kind ice skate shose he had on?
Mitch (2 days ago)
Stunning! Loved it!
Libor Tinka (2 days ago)
Next: Deep diving in submarine to hear satisfying squeeking of the steel under tremendous pressure.
Brian Daigle (2 days ago)
Black ops zombies ray gun lol
Flierman (2 days ago)
No helmet is just plain stupid and silly
Olav Langli (2 days ago)
That name must have been spelled wrong... as a Scandinavian I protest on sucky name spelling..
Melvin Birch (2 days ago)
This is a very smart thing to do. smh. Just like jumping from a bridge with a string attached to one leg or jumping out of a darn plane.
Rohan Anderson (3 days ago)
That's epic. At @1:44 you can see the ice ripple as he skates past the camera.
Leandro Caetano (3 days ago)
njam101 (3 days ago)
I've heard the same thing in Northern Ontario when throwing small rocks on a fairly large lake that has just frozen over. The rock travels amazingly far and makes the same noise as the skater.
Yuvan-Théo Dumas (3 days ago)
Thats just the sound water balloons make when you tap on them
Hemi Power (3 days ago)
A Russian sub is under there!!!
Veter Z (3 days ago)
Очень прекрасно! Очень круто! Природа, лёд. Есть люд которым малость) завидуешь. Это он. Спасибо!
James Sheehy (3 days ago)
Sounds like whales stuck in electricity pylons playing with lightsabers
Final Fantasy (3 days ago)
1:18 that's what she said
J Tornif (3 days ago)
Death wish
Junior Gon (4 days ago)
No one is gonna say it? Your skating on thin ice buddy.
edward hasiak (4 days ago)
The ice where He measured was 45 mm, or just over 1-3/4 inches.If he skates over an area where a spring or a tributary is present the ice could be much thinner.
Richard : (4 days ago)
Same sound when the train is coming
Christopher Dunken (5 days ago)
Think I'll just play on safe ice, with a recording of that sound tyvm.
The Infinexos (5 days ago)
It's all fun and games until you see the cracks forming at your feet and beginning to branch out...
thfmadmax (5 days ago)
Tell me how a Laser sounds?
Yellow Submarine (5 days ago)
It sounded like a balloon hitting the dome!
Outwordly naw just average swedish frozen ice
wordreet (6 days ago)
Yes, kate in groups. A few will skate at any one time, then others take over. How did so many commenters not get that? :¬D
D G (6 days ago)
I could have sworn that was the sound of an idiot skating in thin ice
Bart Koopman (6 days ago)
We do it every year when the canals and lakes freeze over. Nothing special....
EuroFight 38 (6 days ago)
Hear the otherworldly sound of you dying frozen because you wanted to recreate that video you saw.
DiamantVis (6 days ago)
How is it Otherworldly if it's recorded in Sweden?
SuperMrFriendly (6 days ago)
this is the whitest thing i have ever seen
Dom Trussardi (7 days ago)
"You're skating on thin ice, buddy." "Ya....I know....."
Scattered Videos (7 days ago)
Breaks hole in thin ice and proceeds to stand by it
Aaron D (7 days ago)
"And still supports the weight of a skater"... barely.
Dog Meat (7 days ago)
this would be cool if the ice not break
cx k (7 days ago)
"...both an art and a science", "a skater seeks out the thinnest, most pristine black ice possible...for its smoothness". This sounds as pretentious and pathetic like the "the perfect texture for running" lady.
Marcus Lee (8 days ago)
btw, search for "lake baikal skating"
Marcus Lee (8 days ago)
if fall in, RIP in hypothermia
blackhawkswincup2010 (8 days ago)
this was taken in July, I think...
Eddlicious (8 days ago)
You can see the ice bend when he skates over it in the last shot.
powerbcm (8 days ago)
17:25pm Im already here, wondering what ill be watchin at midnight
mark mark (8 days ago)
I dont find it amazing
alex liakhov (9 days ago)
1inch = 25.4mm 2inch = 50.8mm can be as thin as 2inch you say , but 45mm which they say is still to THICK.....dafuq National Geo, get your facts straight.
DesertEagleV (9 days ago)
That takes some real guts to enjoy. I am afraid I will break through because my pee will be too warm for the ice.
V1 Gibby (9 days ago)
Crazy vibrations
clarkewi (10 days ago)
So cool. I love ice skating on frozen lakes.
Luis Domacena (10 days ago)
It sounds like there's a laser gun battle in the water
Shadow Government (10 days ago)
All those saying that this takes a lot of experience and skill just so no one does it for safety 😑
Dude 420 (10 days ago)
If you're going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance
Gabe Perez (10 days ago)
So this is how they got the blaster sounds from Star Wars..
Remco Van Ek (10 days ago)
We are all on thin ice now...
Ste Richards (10 days ago)
Fake AF
Markus Magnon (10 days ago)
2 inches = 5,08 Centimeter. If the protagonist in the video is using the metric system, and 99% of the world wide web also using the metric system maybe you, National Geographic, should also use it. ;)
Totalavulsion (11 days ago)
How many people thought he was carrying and ice hockey stick?
Johnfuse (11 days ago)
Why is it an otherworldly sound when it does come from ice on earth?
Don’t worry about it (11 days ago)
We don’t have balls like this in the US.. it’s too bad.
JD (11 days ago)
LrRoN Ain (12 days ago)
He falls ice breaks
Garathnor (12 days ago)
all thin ice makes this sound
Max Miesen (12 days ago)
Bruh ur treading on thin ice rn
Chris Cicek (12 days ago)
I can testify to this phenomenon, it's great! Untill you fall down, and you realize once 2 inching of ice once cracked. The whole lake is bout to collapse.
shawn chartrand (12 days ago)
Pink Floyd "Thin Ice"
Alex (13 days ago)
0:40 to 0:50 if you look really closely you can see the ice under his feet bending.
Mike Mower (13 days ago)
What you care to join me skating the thin ice today? Thanks... but no thanks. If im going to risk a slow, painful death it better be something epic like parachuting into a volcano.
Amethyst Legend (13 days ago)
Dont try this it sounds dangerous and you could fall through the ice
Amethyst Legend (13 days ago)
Thats in Sweden cool
Eetu The Hunter (13 days ago)
Oh this is really weird yeah. It doesn't need to be skating it just needs ro be melting i guess. I live in finland where there was a snow cowered ice lake one spring and i was just standing on the ground listening the aliens sounds. I dont think anyone was skating
sounds like dripping water, coincidentally
Ryan Belulok (14 days ago)
maestro4202 2 (14 days ago)
I'll never forget when I was really far from shore and started hearing these noises under me.
brylle namuag (14 days ago)
that's skrillex and marshmellow doing a collab deep in the thin ice
I ett Ord (14 days ago)
45 mm is plenty. The ice was solid and fresh. Just chill.
locant23 (13 days ago)
They said 45mm was thick no ones debating that.
SebAsTiAN C (14 days ago)
Dave Pawson (14 days ago)
Support cables make similar sounds. Lasers make the sound of the on off switch. Too many Star Wars for the editor.
Dude isn't too bright, is he.
locant23 (13 days ago)
Probably extremely smart, like it said in the video its an activity enjoyed by Mathematicians.
C Man (15 days ago)
pew...pew pew pew...pew pew....
Angelo Ferreira (15 days ago)
Well, I guess the ice this guy skate is getting pretty thin, and the water is getting warm so you might aswell swin. ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺
Jake Taylor (15 days ago)
Thin ice is better than no ice...
chewy alba (16 days ago)
Fix up the sound just right and you got laser beams for star wars
FROZEN FISH?!?!? 0:16
Big Sunday (16 days ago)
All frozen ice makes this sound. This isn’t anything special.
Kobe Bryant (16 days ago)
nat geo.. hold this W
Ruby Abc (16 days ago)
1:35 this sound reminds me of Mario & Luigi bowsers inside story the part where you have to help bowser with the carrot.
OmmiSombra (16 days ago)
Although I wouldn't try this (cuz i cant ice skate or swim) I can definitely see why he loves it. The sounds are very pleasing.

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