Athlete Adventures: Iceland National Trail

Athlete Adventures: Iceland National Trail

By Alpkit

Iceland National Trail - Ben Turner links the first Iceland National Trail

This month I’ll be flying to Iceland with my bike to cycle circumnavigate the country on a new route. The route involves 3324 kilometres of mixed terrain cycling, over 38 000 metres of ascent, and will become Iceland’s first National Trail. The journey will take me 20 days, and I’ll be doing it solo, unsupported, and carrying everything I require on my bike.

Iceland's rugged landscape

Cue the logical question: ‘What’s the point?’

I think the ‘why’ behind this adventure, as with any adventure, is the most important element to define.

I love endurance challenges, I love the idea of pushing myself harder and further than ever, redefining what I interpret to be possible for me. I love being out in this planet’s wild places and have really started to understand the benefits of the outdoors. To me, adventure is the exploration of physical, mental planes through the connection with the natural world.

I always try to have a deeper meaning to my challenges, using them as a vehicle to raise awareness for a certain cause or money for charity, to positively impact the lives of others and inspire people to get out and redefine their own ‘possible’. If one is going to undertake a challenging and personal feat, it always becomes a more spiritual and human experience when the cause is greater than the self.

Athlete Adventure's route page. Ben flew out to Iceland on the 4th August, he’ll be recording the journey through a series of videos and posts on social media, plus you can track his progresshere.

Sonder Bikes

  • Sram Apex AXS XPLR 12-speed groupset
  • Sonder Nova 700c UK Made wheelset

£1,649.00 £1,799.00 or from £29 /month
Buy Now. Be Riding Next Week.
  • Sram Apex AXS XPLR 12-speed groupset
  • Sonder Alpha 700c UK Made wheelset

£2,649.00 £2,899.00 or from £46 /month
Buy Now. Be Riding Next Week.
  • SRAM Rival AXS XPLR 12-speed groupset
  • Sonder Alpha 700c UK Made wheelset

£1,949.00 £2,149.00 or from £34 /month
Buy Now. Be Riding Next Week.
  • SRAM Force AXS XPLR 12-speed groupset
  • Sonder Alpha 700c UK Made wheelset

£3,149.00 £3,499.00 or from £54 /month
Buy Now. Be Riding Next Week.
  • SRAM Rival AXS XPLR 12-speed groupset
  • Sonder Alpha 700c UK Made wheelset

£2,899.00 £3,199.00 or from £50 /month
Buy Now. Be Riding Next Week.
  • SRAM Apex 12-speed groupset
  • Sonder Nova 700c UK Made wheelset

£1,049.00 £1,149.00 or from £18 /month
Buy Now. Be Riding Next Week.
  • Shimano Tiagra R4700 10-speed groupset
  • Sonder Nova 700c UK Made wheelset

£1,049.00 £1,149.00 or from £18 /month
Buy Now. Be Riding Next Week.
  • SRAM Apex 1 11-speed groupset
  • Sonder Nova 700c UK Made wheelset

£1,099.00 £1,199.00 or from £19 /month
Buy Now. Be Riding Next Week.
  • Shimano Tiagra R4700 Hydraulic 10-speed groupset
  • Sonder Nova 700c UK Made wheelset

£1,249.00 £1,349.00 or from £22 /month
Buy Now. Be Riding Next Week.
  • Shimano 105 R7120 12-speed groupset
  • Sonder Nova 700c UK Made wheelset

£1,399.00 £1,549.00 or from £24 /month
Buy Now. Be Riding Next Week.
  • Shimano GRX 610 12-speed groupset
  • Sonder Nova 700c UK Made wheelset

£1,399.00 £1,549.00 or from £24 /month
Buy Now. Be Riding Next Week.
  • Shimano GRX 610 12-speed groupset
  • Sonder Nova 700c UK Made wheelset

£1,449.00 £1,599.00 or from £25 /month
Buy Now. Be Riding Next Week.

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

=