Fullsterkur - Rogue Legends Series
Nestled at the doorstep of the Arctic Circle, the country of Iceland is uniquely acquainted with the relationship between strength and survival. For hundreds of years, men and women were challenged to overcome harsh weather and endless winter nights by developing their own distinct physical and mental fortitude—passed down from the age of the Vikings, and iconically represented by the lifting of heavy stones. Today, on an island with a population of just over 300,000, a disproportionate number of the world’s greatest strength athletes still call Iceland home.
The film features some of the modern stars of Iceland strength, including Magnus Ver Magnuson, Hafthor Bjornsson, and Annie Thorisdottir. But it also sheds light on strength culture’s early roots in the region, from the traditions of the Vikings and Sagas to the lives of farmers and fishermen.
GUIDE TO THE STONES
Explore the map to learn more about the landmarks visited in the film.
The Dritvík Stones at Djupalonssandur
The sailors who rowed out from Dritvik to fish from open boats tested their strength by lifting these stones. The name for each stone is associated with strength needed to lift it onto a plinth or natural stone platform. If you were to lift a small stone you'd get a half share and if you were to lift a big stone you'd get a full share.
Before becoming a two-time “Fittest Woman on Earth,” CrossFit athlete Annie Thorisdottir developed her drive and work ethic in her native Iceland, where she says there’s always been “support from the community to be a strong and independent woman.”
The Saga Of Grettir The Strong
In this clip from the new documentary feature film FULLSTERKUR, about the tradition of heavy stone lifting in Iceland, we see how the folklore and legends from the country’s Viking past still resonate for people today. Rather than slaying dragons or sea monsters, the relatable stone-lifting hero Grettir the Strong was an outlaw, often battling his own inner demons above all else.
Stefán Sölvi Pétursson
Veteran Icelandic strongman Stefán Sölvi Pétursson is part of a proud and ancient tradition in his home country, where the lifting of heavy stones was once the measure of a man (only an elite few could lift the heaviest stones: the fullsterkur, or “full strength” level).
Icelandic Fishermen & The Stone Lifting Tradition
For a country of just 300,000, Iceland has produced an unusually high number of superior strongmen and strength athletes. For many, the explanation goes back through countless generations of local fishermen, who used to determine their share of a ship’s haul by proving how much strength they brought to a crew.