This was written and sent in by Jussi, telling us about the suspensions they did in Iceland recently. The photo are fantastic, and who better to describe the experience than someone who was there firsthand. Thank you Jussi!
On September 2012 me and Sakari from the Finnish Supersankari Suspension team flew to Iceland to attend the Reykjavik Tattoo Expo. We also had brought some suspension gear with us. The plan was to perform a little guerrilla suspension somewhere near Reykjavik.
On Sunday 16th we went to search for a point to suspend from in Þingvellir National Park. A local tattooist had mentioned that there is definitely a place where we could perform the suspension there. After searching for an hour we had nothing, and the idea was to take some photos of this beautiful waterfall in Almannagjá canyon before heading back to the city. Right next to the waterfall I noticed a spot that could be used for suspension, and rock formations at this place made it easy for the rigging. The problem was that it was a very touristic place, so we had to wake up early the next morning.
We put the Gilsons in my back at the hotel and drove about 40 minutes to the waterfall. There were some tourists already there, but while waiting for better moment with less tourists I set up the rigging. After the rigging was done, I did some walking and running around the place to get my body warm before going up. It was 6 degrees Celsius (about 42 Fahrenheit) and bit windy, so it was an important thing to do. Soon my body was ready and the timing was perfect, I got up with no tourists seeing what we were doing.
I was hanging for some minutes while Sakari was taking pictures. Kalle Koo, my business partner and tattooist from Paradise, with her wife were securing the area. After I came down, I put my shirt on and then took the rigging down. It was no more than 2 minutes and there were 2 bus loads of tourists looking at the waterfall. Perfect timing.
We walked back to the car and took the hooks out. We were happy about the experience. I had a nice time hanging, didn’t even feel the cold, and the place was amazing. Sakari was also happy about the photos he took. We are definitely going back to Iceland next year on summer when it is warmer. We already have gotten good tips about other possible sites with some crazy history and epic scenery behind them.
About the area (wikipedia): “Þingvellir became a national park in 1928 due to its historical importance, as well as the special tectonic and volcanic environment. The continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates can be clearly seen in the cracks or faults which traverse the region, the biggest one, Almannagjá, being a veritable canyon. This also causes the often-measurable earthquakes in the area.”