• 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 16 July: Borgarnes-Reykjavík

The last day of the World Harmony Run in Iceland began in a modest way, as the runners made their way from the bridge over Borgarfjörður fjord at 8 am. As they reached Hvalfjörður fjord, the excitement began as five swimmers, Viktoría Áskelsdóttir, Þorgeir Sigurðsson, Hálfdán Freyr Örnólfsson, Heimir Örn Sveinsson and Birna Jóhanna Ólafsdóttir, received the torch and swam with it over the fjord, a distance a little over 3 km!

Þorgeir began the swim, but the others soon joined. Sometimes they took turns in swimming; sometimes all of them swam together. The World Harmony Run Iceland webmaster watched with unbridled adoration from one of the two lifeboats following the swimmers. The webmaster had a hard time keeping warm on the lifeboat, but the swimmers seemed to be unperturbed by such minor issues as cold and wind.

The sea was also rather turbulent. However, one should bear in mind that these five swimmers were well trained and experienced.

Viktoría carried the torch during the last few metres and had to overcome some heavy currents. Viktoría was confident in her swimming and got the torch safely ashore, upon which reporters from Iceland's Channel 2 took an interview. Afterwards the torch was given once more to runners, who resumed their run towards Reykjavík.

Akranes town lifeguards followed the swim all the time on two lifeboats and ensured the safety of the swimmers. The lifeguards were highly professional and were able to manage things in such a way that there was never cause for alarm - that despite the rather strong currents and heavy waves. The lifeguards were also fully successful the only time they had to perform a rescue, but this was when they rescued Heimir's hat!

The run from Hvalfjörður to Reykjavík was straightforward and simple, despite heavy rain and cold. As this was the last day, the runners were more than ready to get tired, wet and cold one last time.

The run ended with a simple closing ceremony at Reykjavík's Hljómskálagarður park. It was fitting that Ellert B. Schram, president of Icelandic Sports Federation, should be present, for sports clubs all over the country were a great help to us. Without them we would have been hard pressed to finish the run - and it would definately not have been nearly as enjoyable.

Ellert said, in his concise speech, that he was proud of those sports clubs that had been able to help us in our noble cause, and that he was even more proud and full of adoration of the World Harmony Runners to have made such an effort for the good message of hope and tolerance.

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

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