What do I have to do to win a trip to Iceland?
Participating is really easy: Upload your Tryout to Instagram @goretexeu by December 1st, 2019 using the hashtag #TestedForLife and show us how you use your GORE-TEX gear in your favorite place! Show and tell us what makes your favorite place so special to you. And that's all it takes!
The top prize: An all-expenses paid trip to Iceland for 2
The winner of the #TestedForLife Tryouts Challenge can look forward to a trip for 2 to Iceland! The trip is set to take place from March 1-7, 2020 and includes the following optional activities: If you don't have the time right then, you still have an alternative, for example from May 1-7, 2020, with a slightly different program in store that to fit the time of year.
DAY 1: Welcome to Iceland!
Freshly arrived at the airport in Keflavik, your rental car awaits. Next you'll head to your hotel in Borgarnes. On the 1.5 hour journey, you'll pass through Iceland's capital city and drive alongside ancient lava fields. Of course you can dive right in to your first adventure. For example you might take a walk through the famous Blue Lagoon.
DAY 2: Discover the Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Explore the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and take in the breathtakingly rugged coast. It's not for nothing that Snæfellsnes is called a miniature Iceland, since you'll find everything that the country has to offer here. Snæfellsnes is a particularly good place to go whale watching. Nowhere else in Iceland will you get a better chance at seeing orca 'killer whales' living free in the wild.
DAY 3 Lava waterfalls and majestic glaciers
Explore the area around Borgarnes (Borgarfjörður) and drive to the hot water springs at Deildartunguhver, and the Hraunfossar lava waterfall. The highlight in store for the day is a thrilling snowmobile ride along the Langjökull Glacier. Your guide will explain how the glacial ice looks on the inside. The gleaming white glacier world is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Day 4: 3 Icelandic highlights
We'll start the day in the Þingvellir National Park, the place where the Eurasian and North American plates are shifting apart by more than three quarters of an inch each year. The Þingvellir National Park is home to mountains, volcanoes, lakes, rivers and forests. Þingvellir offers many gorgeous hiking trails. There's a lot to discover here, so be sure you don't leave your GORE-TEX gear behind at home! The next stop will take you to the active "Strokkur" geyser. Its powerful natural geyser shoots an impressive 65 feet into the air. Just a few minutes drive from the geyser, you'll experience the impressive two-storey-high Gullfoss waterfall. In the afternoon you're off to the secret lagoon. It's called Gamla Laugin, which means "old pool". Not many people knew about it and that's why it's known as the secret lagoon.
Day 5: Pearls along the southern coast
Today you'll take in the wonders of nature along Iceland's southern coast. Pay a visit to the impressive Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrabúi and Skógafoss waterfalls. We recommend taking good GORE-TEX quality gear with you, because here you're bound to get wet. On your way toward the east you'll pass Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that became famous for its 2010 eruption. Not far from here you'll have the chance to walk along the tongue's edge of the Sólheimajökulls glacier. Shortly before you reach the village of Vík, it's worth paying a quick visit to the picturesque black sandy beach of Reynisfjara. You'll be able to take in the gigantic rock formations in the water along with the fabulous basalt coastline.
Day 6: Visit the lava caves, enjoy a free day in Reykjavík & a northern lights tour
Before you head back to the capital, you'll enjoy a guided lava cave tour in the late morning (about 1 hour). This tour is an amazing opportunity to experience the inner workings of a volcanic eruption as you wind your way along the lava path of the Leitahraun eruption that flowed to the east of the Bláfjöll mountains nearly 5200 years ago. Every winter, spectacular ice sculptures form at the entrance to the cave, which makes a visit to the lava cave even more breathtaking. Next, it's off to enjoy your free day in the city. That evening, you'll set off for your final Icelandic adventure: You'll take a Super Jeep tour far away from the city lights to hunt down the northern lights, before you head back home the following day.
The trip includes your flight, a rental car, 6 overnight hotel stays in a double room including breakfast and the entire program described above, along with 500 Euros in spending money! The trip is set for March 2020. If you can't travel then, there's an alternative program with slightly different activities in store for you in May 2020.