Iceland·August 19 - 29 2023
Ten days of nomadic adventure across Iceland!BOOK NOW
Halló there! Welcome to The Great Norse Run, a running adventure like no other. Widely known as “The Land of Fire and Ice”, Iceland is home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe and some of the world’s most active volcanoes. We’re going to be passing over these whilst waving goodbye to stress with a ten-day, 200 mile trip of a lifetime. Enroute you’ll drink Brennivín and eat fermented shark, veer wildly towards volcanoes, stare longingly at Game of Thrones scenery and—with a few dozen new friends—slowly clap your hands overhead in true Skol war-cry style. You'll indulge in hot spring parties and ice cold beers, pumping music and majestic silence, and eye-poppingly stunning scenery to create unforgettable moments. Leading you into the land of Vikings will be Danny Bent, world record holder, author, happiness guru, and powerhouse of positivity. This adventure, as with everything Danny is involved in, is as radically inclusive as possible! It’s absolutely not a race; we will have a couple of groups—one walking/jogging then other a little speedier. 25 miles a day is a long way but as a tribe we can all make it! Expect new friendships, stunning cliff edge views, heart pumping climbs and hearty meals inspired by local Icelandic cuisine! Top it off with restful nights looking out at the stars and maybe even the magnificent aurora borealis! This is your time. Your adventure. See you on the lava fields.
Danny's passion in life is to bring people together to show what's possible through teamwork and positivity. He's pogoed across Togo, cycled to India, run across North America and survived the BBC TV show "Ultimate Hell Week".
Nick has climbed Everest and swum the English Channel. His passion is to organise adventures that stretch people beyond their comfort zones and prove what's possible with a bit of grit and determination.
Clement has filmed expeditions on Mont Blanc and organised 4000-mile off-road motorcycling journeys. His passion for adventures that take him to remote places and his infectious positivity makes him an integral member of the team.
Zoe is the shining ray of light who will capture your triumphs (and tribulations) as you forge bravely through Iceland. Always ready with a comforting word and a bag of nuts. No need to bring a camera, Zoe will capture everything.
After you arrive in Reykjavik, you can grab a burger at the Big Lebowski burger bar, then team coach up to Akureyri (expedition start). You could also arrive before the 19th and have a look around. Reykjavik is an amazing place.
You'll gaze over the northern Icelandic (arctic) waters, then start your official Great Norse Run journey. Spend the night at a local Icelandic horse ranch, just before the start of the interior Desert section.
Today will be a tough day, rising slowly (then less slowly) to the Desert plateau. The night is spent at a remote desert hut with a natural, geothermal, hot pool.
One more dip in the hot pool, then head out towards the tongue of the Hofsjokull glacier, just visible in the distance. Very wild camping.
Today is all about fire and ice, running between two huge icecaps—very peaceful, very surreal. Watch out for the active volcano to your left!
Today we dip out of the desert for a short time to run under the edge of a huge glacier — prepare to see colours again! River crossings will be challenging today, expect to get very wet.
You'll enter the national park and witness the Game of Thrones scenery at every turn—black mountains that look like frozen water, and impossibly shaped rock formations.
A day's rest as you sit in a hot tub with views that make your heart race spanning out around you.
Just when the national park couldn't get any better, the ground changes into a rainbow. Amazing soil colours and lichen so thick you can use it as a trampoline.
Just one more (small) icecap to run past, then you'll finish at a peaceful saltwater inlet - the southern seas. The Great Norse Run comes to an official close. Glory and medals await. Bus back to Reykjavik. Flights home the next morning (recommended, due to the party that night).
Food and Drink
Transfers in country
Guide and Support
Travel to/from Reykjavik
Hotels before/after the event
Breakfast on 19th August
Evening meal on 29th August