Iceland Tour "The Powerful Ring of Viking Strength" - Date & Price TBA
Best gyms in Iceland for training whilst travelling
Iceland is home to around 360,000 people and is one of the fittest nations on the planet.
From that tiny population they have produced an extensive roster of incredible athletes:
- Annie Thorisdottir and Katrin Davidsdottir are both multiple time CrossFit® Games winners
- Jón Páll Sigmarsson and Magnús Ver Magnússon won the World’s Strongest Man four times each
- Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is the winner of the World’s Strongest Man, two-time winner of the Arnold Strongman Classic and five-time Europe’s strongest man
- Sara Sigmundsdottir has won the worldwide CrossFit® Open three times as well as numerous CrossFit Sanctionals® and Regionals Events around the world
- Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson is one of the best male CrossFit athletes on the planet, with two podium finishes at the CrossFit Games® in 2015 and 2019
Iceland’s Cultural History
Due to its unique geography and history, Iceland houses a rich sporting, artistic, literary, musical and political culture.
Settled by Vikings from Norway sometime in the 800s AD, and subsequently Scots and further bands of Vikings, it had survived and flourished. Even the Icelandic horses in the country today are unique in the fact that they are direct descendants from the horses the Vikings first brought over from mainland Europe.
Iceland is home to the very first parliament grounds in Europe. In the year 930 AD, the initial Parliament met in Iceland in what is today Þingvellir National Park.
The site has since been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its cultural, historical, and geographical significance. This forward-thinking nation also harnesses hydro and geothermal energy to power more than 80% of the country.
Gender Equality in Iceland
Iceland is a great place for both women and men to train, probably the best in the world in many ways.
On Jan. 1, 2018, Iceland became the first country in the world to make it illegal to pay men more than women for doing the same job, an inequality that exists in almost every country in the world.
Iceland remains the number 1 ranked country for gender equality according to The Global Gender Gap Index Ranking. It stands at 87.7%, followed by Scandinavian countries Norway (84.2%), Finland (83.2%) and Sweden (82.0%).
On the 19th of June 1915 the first Icelandic women got the right to vote. At the time only women aged 40 and over were allowed to vote, but in 1931 the age was lowered to 25, the same as it was for men.
Best Gyms in Iceland
When you are in Iceland on our active fitness tours we will hand-pick the best gyms from the following places.
1. Crossfit Hafnarfjörður
Crossfit Hafnarfjörður is a great Crossfit box located in Hafnarfjörður, between Reykjavík and Keflavik. This is the place to train if you are looking for a Crossfit box with a friendly atmosphere and great facilities. This is the perfect spot to train if you are staying in Hafnarfjörður or in the greater Reykjavík area. The location of Crossfit Hafnarfjörður is optimal for travellers that want to do a WOD before or right after your flight.
The address for Crossfit Hafnarfjörður is:
2. Crossfit Reykjavík
Crossfit Reykjavík is the largest Crossfit box in Iceland, it has been claimed by some to be the largest Crossfit box in the world. This is the place where Annie Thorisdottir and Katrin Davidsdottir have trained at. Annie is a co-owner at this box and can be seen frequently there. They have a great facility and lots of people that train there throughout the day.
The address for Crossfit Reykjavík is
3. Crossfit Hengill
Crossfit Hengill is located in Hveragerði which is not far from the famous Golden Circle route. This is a cosy Crossfit box in the countryside and home to the legendary Björgvin Karl , the 3rd fittest man on earth. This is a nice detour for those who are driving the Golden Circle and feel like they need to perk up after spending hours in the car.
The address for Crossfit Hengill is:
4. Crossfit Akureyri
Crossfit Akureyri is a Crossfit box North Iceland's largest town, Akureyri . This is a nice box with friendly staff and good facilities. If you are traveling through northern Iceland this is the place to stop and unwind.
The address for Crossfit Akureyri is: