• World Harmony Run

    World's Largest Torch Relay
    World Harmony Run

  • 1,000,000 Participants

    Across 6 Continents
    1,000,000 Participants

  • Dreaming of a more harmonious world

    100 countries
    Dreaming of Harmony

  • Schools And Kids

    Make a Wish for Peace
    Schools And Kids

  • Sri Chinmoy: World Harmony Run Founder

    World Harmony Run Founder
    Sri Chinmoy

  • Carl Lewis: World Harmony Run Spokesman

    World Harmony Run Spokesman
    Carl Lewis

  • New York, USA

    New York

  • London, Great Britain

    Great Britain

  • Shakhovskaya, Russia


  • Around Australia

    15,000 kms, 100 days
    Around Australia

  • Around Ireland

    14 Days, 1500km
    Around Ireland

  • Wanaka, New Zealand

    New Zealand

  • Arjang, Norway


  • Rekjavik, Iceland


  • Beijing, China


  • Prague, Czech Republic

    Czech Republic

  • Belgrade, Serbia


  • Lake Biwa, Japan

    Lake Biwa

  • Kapsait, Ethiopia


  • Pangkor Island, Malaysia

    Pangkor Island

  • Bali, Indonesia


  • The All Blacks, New Zealand

    The All Blacks
    New Zealand

Iceland 4 September: Þingvellir - Reykjavík

Today marked the start of the third and last installment of the World Harmony Run in Iceland in the year 2005. Already the Run had gone via route 1 around the country, lasting for two weeks and ending on July 16, and there had also been a little run a week later when the Torch was handed over to the Canadian explorer Geoff Green and his arctic expedition Students on Ice, which, in turn, organized a World Harmony Run in Greenland.

The World Harmony Torch was back, however, and was this time accompanied by the runners of the European World Harmony Run, who are in the midst of a monumental relay through 45 nations! Iceland was their first country of embarkment after a scheduled start and, thus, it was deemed appropriate that the Run be short and significant.

The best place for a significant run in Iceland is, without a doubt, Þingvellir national park. Þingvellir, which literally means "parliament plains", was the site for the parliament of the Icelandic chieftains founded as early as 930.

Not only is Þingvellir a place of historical depth, it is also a place where one can see the awesome forces of nature at work, as the runners found out as they ran from scenic Öxarárfoss waterfall through Almannagjá canyon, a canyon which was formed when the two tectonic plates of North-America and Europe pulled away from each other. Almannagjá is thus a reminder of the unlimited power of nature and the terrible beauty that sometimes ensues, and Þingvellir is a testimony of the young and wild, yet pure and beautiful nature of Iceland. Due to its connections to the nature and the history, Þingvellir is, therefore, in many ways a sacred place, a spiritual heart of Iceland of sorts.

From Þingvellir we had an easy 33 km run to the outskirts of Reykjavík city. Due to the short distance we decided to run two and two as much as we could, and so "hosts" and "guests" ran together as the Icelanders and the veterans of the European relay doubled up.

You can send a message to the runners or read the messages.

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