Iceland Trek 2017


Trek past Icelandic volcanoes, mountains and hot springs to support our global health work.

The event
This five-day camping challenge will take you past volcanoes, mountains and hot springs. For three days you will hike across lava and snow fields, swim in the Alftavatn volcanic lake and wade in the hot springs of Storihver. As you hike through the stunning Thorsmork valley you will be surrounded by views across Hrafntinnusker and giant glaciers. At the end of your trip you will have the chance to explore Reykjavik, famous for its mineral-rich Blue Lagoon and celebrate your incredible journey with a dinner and party. 

This event will be delivered by Action Challenge, who specialise in the creation of challenging, travel-based activities across the world. 

N.B There will be a £2,250 fundraising target attached to each place, with a registration fee of £349. In order to guarantee your place on the trek we ask that you return 80% (£1,800) of your fundraising 11 weeks prior to the event. Alternatively, you can choose to self-fund your challenge and fundraise on top of this. For more information, please refer to the funding options below. 

Funding options
Your participation in the Challenge can be funded in two different ways based on your particular fundraising preference: 

  • Option A: £2,250 Minimum Sponsorship Under this option, you undertake to raise a minimum of £2,250 on behalf of the College.  In return, the College will pay your Challenge Cost.
  • Option B: Self-Fund The Challenge Under this option, you undertake to raise a minimum of £750 on behalf of the College & pay your Challenge Cost (£1,100).

Registration submission process & deadlines
Registrations for this event have now closed. 

If you have a question regarding this challenge, please check our FAQ below. Alternatively, please contact the International department (email: [email protected]) or (phone: +44 (0) 20 7451 6761 / 723) 

Team RCPath

Iceland Trek 2017

  • Dr Cornelia Szecsei

    I'm a second year Histopathology trainee in the Severn Deanery. I read about The College’s international projects and felt inspired to get involved with fundraising. It’s easy to forget that many countries, some of which aren’t very far away, don’t yet have established diagnostic services or cancer screening programmes and it’s great that the College is helping set these up. I’m a city girl born in London so trekking across lava fields and camping in the wilderness will be a new and exciting challenge. 

    When I’m not looking down my microscope I like looking through my camera lens. I really enjoy travel photography and the scenery in Iceland will let me indulge this hobby. One of my photographs was recently a runner up in a travel photography competition run by The Sunday Times. As a medical student I won an MDU elective photography competition and as an F2 I had my photos on display in the hospital as part of a staff art competition. When I’m not working or travelling I like doing yoga and relaxing at home in Bath with my boyfriend and two cats. 

    If you would like to sponsor Cornelia, please visit her online fundraising page

London Marathon 2017

  • Dr Alice Wort

    Chair, RCPath Trainee Advisory Committee

    ‘I am really excited to be running the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017 for RCPath’s Global Health Challenges. The College’s ‘Pathology is Global’ initiative is helping deliver high quality international pathology services, which are vital for health care all over the world.

    Alice’s training goal is to arrive on the start line fit and ready to race. Alice’s race goal is to be smiling in every photo taken of her during the race; particularly the one when she crosses the finish line! 

    If you would like to sponsor Alice, please visit her online fundraising page



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