Paco Acedo diving Finland’s Lake Inari

Plus, 120 km ski crossing of the Sacred Lake of the Sami

On March 20th, Spanish extreme diver, Paco Acedo completed an expedition that took him across Lake Inari, Finland’s largest lake, located in Lapland. During the ski journey he executed several dives under the ice, Paco told Explorersweb/Pythom. His route took him 120 km south to north across the lake, also called the Sacred Lake of the Sami.

Paco started from the town of Inari in the southwest, crossed to the east coast and to Sevettijärvi as final destination in the north. He explained the conditions: ”The poor state of snow and ice caused by the unusual and high temperatures made a big part of the route practically impassable, especially in the central zone of the lake, creating enormous puddles of snow and water and forcing me to complete a large part of the expedition without the use of skis, walking in deep snow and water, but that did not prevent from to continue with the expedition.”

“During the solo expedition I carried out 3 days of diving under the ice in different co-ordinates of Lake Inari, where it was never done before, with an incentive of historical content as well as diving for the first time under the sacred rock, “Ukonkivi”, and the “cemetery island” dating to the year 1700, proceeded for the first time to the search under the ice of a German airplane of World War II located, according to old maps, in the southern zone of Lake Inari, a fact that caused a great interest in Finnish media.”

With this expedition, Paco says, he went beyond sport, combining history, discovery, culture and adventure. “The expedition, Inari 2017, is a new step in my SUBPOLAR 90º project, which aims to reach the Geographic North Pole diving.”

All images courtesy of Paco Acedo

[Ed note March 29: During the diving days Acedo had assistance with people helping him]

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