The Giants of Iceland

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Despite its tiny population, Iceland has a reputation in the World's Strongest Man competition that stands higher than perhaps any other country's. This small, black rock in the middle of the ocean has produced a lineage of strongmen dating back to the Vikings.

VICE went out there to investigate why this tiny island produces such strong people. Hanging out at Jakabol—a gym run by ex-champion Magnus Ver Magnusson—we met a whole host of Icelandic strongmen, which includes Hafthor "Thor" Bjornsson, the 6'9" star of Game of Thrones.




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Who else is here because of the Joe Rogan segment with Andrew Schulz?

Author — noitaleveR

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2:50 That "No Pussies" sign lmfao. That would offend so many people in America

Author — Ben W.

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I’m Icelandic and honestly they are like
1% of the people.

Author — CHESTNUT CHH

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A.... a good vice video...

Oh, 2014. Well that explains it.

Author — Brigand Boy

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Is it just me or are the body builders kinda cute


I don’t mean cute like sexy I mean like







Adorable





Like big teddy bears...

Author — leahOmia

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All the women in the comments are in love with these vikings haha

Author — endsss

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"I am ready" Takes off jacket to reveal Saint Laurent pullover.

Author — a J

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these dudes are so chill and down to earth.They are like Friendly Giants.

Author — Alannah Jones

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Arab scholars: "The Vikings are physical specimens".
Well, they weren't wrong.

Author — Faraz Bhat

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Vice: "Do you guys ever wonder about something [a heart attack] like that happening to you?"
Stefan: "No, its probably also dangerous to cross the street, you could get hit by car"
Best response ever

Author — Benjamin Omeara

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I'm 6'3''...went to Iceland 2 years ago, it's beautiful...went into a grocery store by the airport....shortest dude in the place..even the women are enormous...beautiful, and large....amazingly gorgeous place.

Author — Slappy McButterballs

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A superhero working in a supermarket. That's modernism.

Author — Jeff Doe

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At least these guys look much more normal or maybe healthier than those freaky bodybuilders.

Author — Ashen One From China

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Watching this 5 years later and knowing where Thor wound up in life is pretty amazing.

Author — Kyle A. Scarborough

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my man is crawling on the ground in YSL lol

Author — cam

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Russia: we can beat any country in war.

Any Nordic Military: :0

All Nordic people: >:|

Finland: *>:)*

Author — Draco Distortion

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"politically incorrect" Vice always has to bring their lame ideas/agenda into their docs

Author — Roger rtewwr

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America has giants too, FAT ones though

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"I KNOW HOW TO WORK WITH METAL"

+10000 man points

Author — Nunya Business

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Watching these videos 5 years later reminds me of how good vice used to be now it’s trash 😂😂

Author — Ryan Scarington