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Challenge Iceland


Next Race: TBC July 2018


Race in the land of the midnight sun

Five key reasons to race:

  1. The world‘s northernmost half distance race
  2. Race in a stunning long fjord “The Bay of Whales” in Iceland known for it’s landscapes of extreme contrasts, amazing natural wonders and the midnight sun
  3. Swim in an untouched crystal clear glacial lake
  4. Run and bike in the diverse, picturesque fjord landscape
  5. Race in a warm and relaxed Icelandic atmosphere

Situated in the stunning “Bay of Whales” in Iceland, the world‘s northernmost half distance race will take place on 23 July 2017. The athletes will swim in an untouched crystal clear glacial lake left by the glacial melt of the Ice Age 10,000 years ago and run and bike in the picturesque, diverse fjord landscape.

Ideally located as the ‘bridge’ between the continents in the middle of the Atlantic, Iceland is only a three-hour flight from Europe or a five hour flight from the East Coast of Canada and the USA.

Iceland is known for its otherworldly beauty, a landscape including extreme contrasts and amazing natural wonders. Race in a warm and relaxed, professional atmosphere; Iceland’s isolation and the extreme conditions of nature have shaped the Icelandic culture tight with family ties and with a close bond with nature.

The 1.9km swim course takes place in a crystal clean fresh water in a glacial lake, and the one loop 90km bike race with rolling hills and short climbs in the old main road is one the most iconic bike routes in Iceland. Another beautiful country road with long hills will be the scene for the 21.1 km run course.

Kjós the small community where Challenge Iceland is based is only 30 minutes drive from Reykjavik with excellent infrastructure and very good roads. Yet it is quiet with most of the district being a stunning wide valley between two mountains with the beautiful Meðalfell mountain in the centre.

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