the land of fire & ice
SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2019
Iceland is on everyone’s bucket list. With a rich Nordic History dating back as early as the 9th Century, Ísland (Iceland) is a land of proud people and somewhere everyone wants to visit. The Ísland Extreme Triathlon Swim Course takes place in Kolgrafarfjördur, a cove that was carved out, and now protected by the steep mountains that surround it. Kolgrafarfjördur is continuously fed by the tides of the North Atlantic making the water salty and the temperatures low. From there the bike course takes athletes on a rolling, yet scenic, tour of the Snæfellsness Peninsula. With mostly empty roads, the main challenge, beyond the ascents/descents, will be the wind. Iceland is known for it’s unrelenting wind, which is at times some of the strongest in the world. The run course from Ólafsvík to Arnarstapi and back is no small task having to climb and descend Snæfellsjökull twice (out-and-back) before finishing the event at the foot of a waterfall and old Icelandic ruins.