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The Faroese swimming club FLOT went to Iceland on a training trip

July 19, 2021
July 19, 2021

During the Easter holidays 2017, eight swimmers together with two coaches from the swimming club FLOT on the Faroe Islands, went to Iceland on a training camp for a week. With them as their helpers, they had seven mothers. A father and a brother were also with them for a few days.

The group stayed in double rooms at Hotel Ørkin in Reykjavík, where they also had their breakfast. Dinner they ate at various restaurants in Reykjavík. They rented cars and drove themselves to and from training.

The group trained i a 50 meter long outdoor swimming pool. Photo: Flot

The young people trained twice every day, together with the athetes from the swimming club Breiðablik, in Kópavágur. They got to swim in a 50 meter long outdoor swimming pool. Which was a very different experience from the training in the Faroe Islands, where the swimmers train in a 16 meter long indoor swimming pool. In the morning the swimmers  trained for two hours and in the afternoon for 1-2 hours, depending on their age and how well they were trained. It was a special experience for the group, that the swimmers could swim in a warm outdoor pool while the coaches were in boiler suits so they would not get frozen while instructing.

The coaches in boiler suits. Photo: Flot

The group went sightseeing two afternoons. One day they were on the “Golden Circle” trip which is Tingvallir, Geysir and Gullfoss. On the way back to the hotel, they made a stop in the town of Hverðageri, where they got to train in an outdoor swimming pool. FLOT is settled in Nes municipality on the Faroe Islands, and Hverðageri is a friendship town with Nes municipality. On their second day the group went to the Blue Lagoon.

Bláa Lónið. Photo: FLOT

In Reykjavík the group also went for walks, where they visited Hallgrímskirkja, Harpa and Perlan.

The whole group agreed on that they had had a really nice trip to Iceland, and that they want to travel there soon again. FLOT finally thanked NATA for the Travel grant.