The incredible Iceland hiking challenge that is fighting breast cancer

Author: Adventure Travel X Walk the Walk

We’re always up for an adventure, and we’re doubly up for an adventure that promotes a good cause at the same time. So, we got together with Walk the Walk, a charity which raises awareness and money for tackling breast cancer through organised specialised hiking events and marathon trips.

The charity hosts a variety of different hiking events and marathons throughout the year, in the UK and further afield, but one that has really caught our eye is the Moonwalk Iceland event taking place on 13-18 June. This incredible event offers the opportunity to tick the land of fire and ice off your bucket list, all while raising money for an excellent cause.

The idea behind Moonwalk Iceland is that among the country’s breathtaking landscapes, you’ll power walk through the night, covering the distance of a marathon, all while basking in the curious glow of the Midnight Sun. Yep, as this event takes place during the summer solstice, you’ll also get to experience the unique phenomenon of a night when the sun never sets.

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About Walk the Walk

The charity was born back in 1996, when a handful of intrepid women power walked the New York marathon in their bras in a bid to raise money and awareness for tackling breast cancer, headed up by Nina Barough. In a cruel twist of fate, just two months after the small team raised £25,000 at the New York marathon, Nina herself was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

Undeterred by her newfound illness, Nina continued to organise similar events, raising money at the London marathon before beginning treatment in 1997. As word spread, Nina made the decision to set up her own charity to allow more people to participate, and so, Walk the Walk became a registered charity in 1998. Since 2004, HRH Prince Charles has been a patron of the charity.

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About Moonwalk Iceland

As one of Walk the Walk’s flagship events, Moonwalk Iceland is an amazing adventure. Not only will you get the chance to walk 26 miles through the other-worldy landscapes of this bucket-list destination, you’ll also get the chance to explore further afield with a day to explore Reykjavik and even a trip to the famous thermal waters of the Blue Lagoon.

Your adventure begins with an intrepid journey to Lake Myvatn in the north-east of Iceland, where you’ll experience a once-in-a-lifetime whale-watching excursion and tour the fascinating bubbling mud pools and volcanic craters of the surrounding geothermal landscapes. You’ll even get a chance to check out the famous Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, and explore Asbyrgi Canyon, before a restful afternoon in preparation for the big night.

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Your Moonwalk begins at the nature mineral baths at midnight, and you’ll power walk your way around the spectacular Lake Myvatn as the night-time sun reflects on it’s surface and nature surrounds you. This is certainly a walk to remember.

You’ll cross the finish line the following morning and celebrate with a delicious breakfast, followed by a day of rest, cake and champagne! A final day in Iceland offers the chance to explore the capital city and soak in the mineral waters of the Blue Lagoon, with the option to book extra tours at additional cost.

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Sounds incredible. How do I sign up?

You can guarantee your place on the trip by signing up here. Through the Walk for Free scheme, the more sponsor money you raise, the less the cost of the trip will be – even more motivation to raise as much as possible for this incredible cause.

You’ll need to be able to raise a minimum of £600 in order to take part, and there are loads of inventive ideas for raising the cash here. Remember that Moonwalk Iceland takes place in a remote part of the world, with just wildlife for support, so you will need to be confident in your own ability to take part and complete the challenge in the allotted timeframe (10 hours).

All the money you raise will be donated to Walk the Walk, which will then grant the funds to other charities throughout the UK to support research, awareness and treatment for breast cancer.

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