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The remote northwestern corner of Iceland is its least inhabited and most dramatic. Shaped by wind, water, snow, and ice, the Westfjords are home to wily weather and even wilier residents (7,000 of them). Vibrant villages and family farms are tucked into the terrain, and people share the landscape with puffins, arctic foxes, seals, and whales.Betsy Welch
Check out the full gallery and inside look at the Arna Westfjords Way Challenge from VeloNews:
“Is it possible? Absolutely. Is it hard? Yes, for everyone. What’s the point? Everything you get to see, feel and experience. Instead of looking out the window or watching a movie, we get to live it. This requires discomfort, effort and perseverance.”Lael Wilcox
Lael Wilcox recaps her experience at the inaugural Arna Westfjords Way Challenge.
“People come for the accomplishment, and there could be 1,000 other reasons why people come. But there’s something that happens at these events that is really special – there is a bond created between the people that go through hard stuff together, and a strong sense of community that builds around these events.”
Pro cyclist Maghalie Rochette recorded her experience and interviews with riders each day of the race.
Special thanks to our title sponsor Arna, a lactose-free dairy company based right here in the Westfjords. You can look forward to tasting their delicious Icelandic skyr and yogurt throughout the race week!
July 23-28, 2024
This ultra-endurance stage race is the first of its kind. It’s more than a race to the finish — it’s about a meaningful interaction with people and place. You’ll be pushing your limits, but not without taking in some of the endless opportunities to learn about and interact with Icelandic culture. Between your long days in the saddle, you will visit museums, meet locals who run traditional sheep farms and take part in Icelandic traditions like hot pot soaking and sea swimming.
The full route follows the Westfjords Way – a bikepacking route established with the help of the Westfjords Tourism office and scouting team Chris Burkard, Lael Wilcox, Rue Kaladyte, Payson McElveen, and Nichole Baker. It totals 954 km [593 mi] and each stage ranges from 211 to 255 km [131 to 158 mi].
Ísafjörður to Hotel Laugarhóll
Hotel Laugarhóll to Vogur Country Lodge
Vogur Country Lodge to Patreksfjörður
Rest and explore in Patreksfjörður
Patreksfjörður to Ísafjörður
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