1000 contestants for WOW Cyclothon in Iceland

Last year's competitors set off for the race. Pictured is …

Last year's competitors set off for the race. Pictured is Skúli Mogensen, director of WOW Air being given a kiss of good luck from his girlfriend, TV host Friðrika Geirsdóttir. Iceland Monitor/ Eggert Jóhannesson

The WOW Cyclothon, around Iceland takes place for the fifth time this year, between June 15th-18th. Contestants have to complete a tour around Iceland in less than 72 hours over a distance of 1,358 km in 24 hours of Iceland's perpetual summer daylight at the time of the summer solstice. 

The competition, founded by WOW Air,  raises money for charity and last year contestants raised 20 million ISK towards a new rehabilitation centre at the Kleppur psychiatric ward. 

This year competitors cycle to raise money for Hjólakraftur, a charity for children suffering from lifestyle diseases. 

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