Explore and Race in Epic Iceland



with Kevin Irish

June 21-28, 2020


Come explore Iceland and race in Reykjavik’s annual Summer Solstice Half Marathon, visit historical Thingvellir National Park, snorkel between continental plates in the Silfra Fissure, bask in natural hot springs, run trails in epic Thorsmork, and lend your labor helping to reforest this windswept island.

Are you up for a challenge? 

Explore Iceland's Geological Wonders

We’ll snorkel through some of the clearest water on Earth in the Siflra fissure separating the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, soak in the natural hot river, and visit majestic Gulfoss falls. We’ll venture off-road 4x4 style through Glacial rivers to run Thorsmork National Park’s rugged and black soil trails, then we’ll stay two nights in the park’s unique huts tucked away deep in the valley.


Under the Midnight Sun

We’ll race in Reykjavik’s Summer Solstice Half Marathon under the midnight sun along the salmon river Ellidaa and Lake Raudavatn. You don’t have to run the whole half marathon - there are 5 and 10km options. From Reykjavik we’ll set out to sea in search of Humpback and other whales which feed just outside of the the capital city’s harbor.

Reforesting and Soaking it up

We’ll head to Þorlakshofn in Southern Iceland and contribute to the restoration of the land by planting trees in a wind swept park. Iceland is undertaking a massive reforestation effort to reclaim an environmental heritage which once saw about 25% of the land forested. Iceland lost most of its trees about a thousand years ago when the Vikings razed the forests to clear pasture and farming land and build ships. In what the NY Times calls a seemingly endless task, we’ll help combat climate change, prevent soil erosion, and leave a positive impact on the local community.


In Reykjavik we will spend several nights in the heart of the downtown with plenty of activities nearby to occupy your free time, not that you'll have too much.  We won't be in Reykjavik long, venturing out to Thorsmork National Park to spend the night glamping under the stars in a valley alongside glacial streams and with incredible views of the surrounding peaks.  We will also spend a night at the Frost and Fire, a boutique Nordic style hotel alongside the Varma River. 

Born in Delaware and a current resident of DC, Kevin likes to run fast and travel slow. He holds a NOLS Wilderness First Aid certificate and his last three trips were to Patagonia, Yosemite, and Banff. His ideal vacation includes a hike, a food tour, and an opportunity to give back to the communities he visits. Oh, and ice cream.


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Frequently asked questions

This looks great, but why wouldn't I just arrange my own trip?

Open World Racing uses the combined experience and reach of its global contacts, staff, and partners to arrange unique and immersive travel experiences that would be difficult to replicate at a comparable price on your own. But if you're the type to put together an immersive trip on your own, you probably don't need us!

What happens if I get hurt on this trip?

We will not subject you to excessive risk, but many of the activities we undertake have a certain amount of inherent risk: kayaking, SCUBA diving, cycling, and hiking, to name a few. Because the unforeseen can happen, we will have medical and emergency plans in place before each trip – they will be available to view at your request. In addition, each traveler will be required to purchase a minimum amount of travel and medical evacuation insurance. It is worth noting that travel insurance also covers unexpected delays and cancellations, but please check the below providers or consult your provider for more details. Optional Travel Insurance Providers: · World Nomads - · Allianz - · Travel -

What is a carbon offset and why is it necessary?

We are committed to leaving a positive impact on the communities and environments in which we race, and that includes the larger global environment. We contribute through service projects to help the local communities we race in, but the carbon emissions resulting from our trip also have a negative impact on the global environment. There is no perfect solution, but we have partnered with Mossy Earth to help lessen our impact.

What's included in the price?

All overnight accommodations. There will be an additional $250 charge if you'd like a single occupancy option, "single supplement." All planned in-country transportation. All meals planned by OWR and included in the detailed agenda. All program activities listed in the detailed agenda. Race fees and other miscellaneous costs.

Are there any discounts?

Yes! All military veterans receive 10% off. Sign up for our newsletter here and receive $100 off *Only one discount per traveler

What's not included in the price?

Airfare to and from the arrival port. Meals not listed in the agenda. Personal costs as described in the Terms and Conditions. Travel and health insurance. For additional questions, shoot us an email.


If you're interested in coming on a trip, but aren't quite sure and you'd like to speak to someone, we'll give you a call at your convenience. 

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