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Wrestling on an Icelandic mountaintop

The Icelandic Wrestling Association celebrated the Day of Wrestling for the second time last Tuesday. It was celebrated with wrestling matches in all corners of the country.

Wrestlers Ólafur Oddur Sigurdsson and Snær Seljan Thóroddsson met on Thverfellshorn, on top of mount Esja, Reykjavík’s pride. Despite the cold, they wrestled without their shirts on. Fréttabladid reports.

Glíma, Icelandic wrestling, was the Vikings’ sport of choice and through the ages Icelanders have wrestled to display their manly hood. Today, the Wrestling Association only has 500 members, but the sport is gaining popularity again.

An international wrestling tournament, the Icelandic Open, will be held in the last weekend of October. Glíma is practiced in six other European countries, which will send their representatives to the tournament.

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