Great Norse Run 2020

Iceland · August 19 - 29 2020

Ten days of nomadic adventure across Iceland!


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.

  • Team equipment
  • Support Vehicles
  • Accommodation
  • Food and Drink
  • Transfers in country
  • Guide and Support
  • Entry to thermal pools

The Plan

Day 1

After you arrive in Reykjavik, you'll grab a burger at the Chuck Norris burger bar, then coach up to Akureyri.

Day 2

You'll take a ceremonial toe-dip in northern Icelandic waters, then start your official Great Norse Run. Spend the night in a campsite, just before the start of the interior Desert section.

Day 3

Today will be a tough day, rising slowly (then less slowly) to the Desert plateau. Spend the night wild-camping

Day 4

You'll take in stark wilderness views, with the tongue of the Hofsjokull glacier just visible in the distance. In the evening, enjoy a dip in the natural hot tubs (including beer and chips), and very wild camping.

Day 5

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!

Day 6

Today is your last day in the Desert—prepare to see the colour green again. River crossings will be challenging today, expect to get very wet. Enjoy a celebratory BBQ in the evening.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

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.

Day 9

A days rest as you sit in a hot tub with views that make your heart race spanning out around you.

Day 10

Just one more (small) icecap to run past, then land's end and the chance to throw yourself into the southern seas. The Great Norse Run comes to an official close, celebrated with tea and medals. Bus back to Reykjavik and flights home.