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SIMPLY STUNNING: Skating on Sweden's crystal clear lake


Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 4:28 PM - A crystal clear lake in central Sweden has captivated ice skaters around the world, and it's no wonder why.

The ice on Lake Blanktjärn near Östersund in Jämtland is so clear, that the lake’s bottom — and all the under-ice life — can be seen through four inches of ice. 

Jonas Landmark and Karin Bäckborns, accompanied by their two excited dogs, filmed their ice-skating tour, a most beautiful account of the clear, perfect ice, under which fish can be seen swimming several feet below.


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"It was so clear that you could see down to the bottom," said Landmark. "It's pretty deep -- 10-15 feet -- and the big fish that appear in the film are probably at 10 meters depth. It was as being at an aquarium."

Landmark said the lake is unique because of its turquoise color formed by a chemical reaction, with completely transparent ice.

"Most often, there’s a little snow or frost on the ice so it's not transparent. But now the conditions are perfect."

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