Watch Extreme Kayaker Aniol Serrasolses Run a 20m Ice Wall Off Svalbard

It may not be a “historic feat,” as Red Bull tries to sell it, but it’s definitely cool to watch extreme kayaker Aniol Serrasolses run a glacial flume, then catapult over a 20m ice wall into the ocean. The action took place last summer on Svalbard, the High Arctic archipelago north of Norway.

Serrasolses paddles a meltwater stream on Svalbard's Austfonna ice cap.

Serrasolses launches off Svalbard’s Austfonna ice cap. Photo: David Sodomka/Red Bull


The Catalan kayaker and his team trekked 11 kilometers across the Austfonna ice cap to access the meltwater stream. After launching, Serrasolses briefly went through an ice tunnel before it disgorged the kayaker off a 20m waterfall and into the frigid ocean.

Check out the video here.

Aniol Serrasolses paddles the river on the Austfonna ice cap, Svalbard

Photo: David Sodomka/Red Bull

Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko is the editor of ExplorersWeb. One of Canada’s premier arctic travelers, he is the author of The Horizontal Everest and Arctic Eden, and has just finished a book about adventures in Labrador. In 2018, he was awarded the Polar Medal by the Governor General of Canada and in 2022, he received the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal for services to exploration.