In the Land of Fire and Ice: Ísland (Iceland) Extreme Triathlon

In July 2019, despite some challenging weather that included thick mist and driving rain, I had the pleasure of shooting promotional photographs for the inaugural Ísland (Iceland) Extreme Triathlon on the Snaefellsnes penisula in western Iceland. The race, a long course triathlon where competitors are challenged with a 3km swim beneath Kirkjufell, a 180km cycle around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and a marathon 42.2km run over the side of Snæfellsjökull, a glacier-capped stratovolcano, is the brainchild of US race directors Aaron Palaian and Tony Saap, who operate a company called and put on the Ísland Extreme Triathlon with support from local athletes. Aaron and I first met in 2017 when I photographed him ahead of his participation in the Celtman Extreme Triathlon and we kept in touch. It was good fun to catch up with Aaron (and to trade insults, as only friends can do) but also to meet Tony and to visit the wonderful country of Iceland and meet other new friends. I’m definitely keen to go back.

Ísland Extreme Triathlon 2019

  1. Geir Omarsson (Reykjavik, IS) - Finish Time: 10:09:43

  2. Raphael Vorpe (Ittigen, Switzerland) - 10:48:17

  3. Pétur Gundnason (Reykjavik, IS) - 10:51:48

The first female home was Erin Green (Wilmington, NC, US) in a time of 15:34:39.