Greenlandic "Iron Man"
Southern Greenland's breathtaking scenery is the setting for the Greenland Adventure Race, which can best be described as a Greenlandic version of "Iron Man" - with kayaking instead of swimming of course.
The competitors are thus sent off on a five day gruelling endeavour where they have to alternate between running, cycling and sailing in kayaks. Competitors will encounter glaciers, rivers, mountains and fjords on the route, all while experiencing cultural attractions such as Norse ruins, the settlements of Qassiarsuk and Igaliku and several sheep-holding stations.
For the first stage, which is "only" 20 kilometres (12½ miles) long, the competitors run over a glacier before crossing a river of melt water. This stage also includes rappelling. The second stage consists of 50 km (31 miles) of mountain biking, where even the robust bikes are really put through their paces.
The third stage is regarded as being the hardest of all stages. The run, which ends in the town of Narsaq, is just over a marathon distance in length - 43 kilometres (27 miles) to be exact- and the route includes several mountain passes at elevations of almost 1000 metres (3300 feet).
The fourth stage includes kayaking in the fjords between the towns of Narsaq and Qaqortoq. At certain points the kayak must be carried over land. On the fifth and final stage, running is again on the programme, although this time the run is "only" around 30 kilometres (19 miles).
Next Greenland Adventure Race
The Greenland Adventure Race is made up of teams of two - i.e. everyone has a partner. The race organisers ensure that competitors that are registered alone are always given a partner. The race is divided into categories of woman/woman, woman/man and man/man.
Greenland Adventure Race usually takes place in September. You can get more information about the race by contacting the organisers of the Greenland Adventure Race at email@example.com