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Reykjavik Marathon Trails

Take part in Iceland’s Reykjavik Marathon and explore the stunning south coast on training runs with the country’s most notable running specialists. The adventure also includes time to explore some of the natural and cultural highlights of this wonderful island from the magic circle to Vatnajokull National Park.  A perfect running trip to join solo or with friends. 

Highlights:

  • Take part in Iceland’s biggest marathon
  • Visit the magical Golden Circle
  • Relax in the Blue Lagoon baths
  • See black sand beaches and gorgeous waterfalls
  • Explore Vatnajokull National Park – the largest glacier in Europe
  • Get an up close view of Hvannadalshnjúkur, Iceland’s highest peak

The first part of the week is focused on seeing some of Iceland’s spectacular natural sights. Explore Reykjavik’s most stunning waterfalls including the 60 meter Seljalandsfoss (which you can walk behind), and the 82 feet wide Skogara. Visit the other-worldly Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers which rise up out of an otherwise barren landscape. Hike to the dark basalt columns of Svartifoss, run in the mountains near Skaftafell, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir in the heart of the Golden Circle.

On the day of the marathon, you’ll have the option to run a full or half marathon, or 10k race.  Afterwards you’ll have a great time exploring the city, listening to outdoor concerts, and enjoying the excitement that the marathon brings to the locals and runners alike.

The adventure ends with a trip to the Blue Lagoon.  This is a much needed and much anticipated stop at the outdoor geothermal baths outside of Reykjavik.  Known for the unique composition of silica, algae, and minerals,  its the perfect way to relax and treat your body after all the running you’ve done.

There are opportunities each day before the marathon to get in your practice runs and there’s also plenty of time to rest and recover from the travel.  You’ll stay in comfortable hotels each night and do as much or as little as you like.  For a runner, this is an ideal combination of holiday, adventure, and challenge. Enquire today to learn more.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: 17th of August
Pick up at international airport or your hotel/guesthouse in Reykjavík – drive out of the city to explore straight to the south shore of Iceland, following the coastline to the magnificent waterfall of Seljalandsfoss, a unique 60 meter high waterfall that we can walk behind. We also stop at Skógafoss waterfall, 25 m / 82 ft width and one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. We walk along Skógará river and it’s breathtaking waterfalls. From the vegetated trays of Skógará we head to more barren landscape between two glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. After the walk we head from Skógar to our accommodation in Vík, a lovely town famous for it’s wide black beach and Dyrhólaey peninsula. Once settled in at the hotel those who want can go out for a run around the area with your local guide.

Running: 6 – 8 miles on soft trail.
Accommodation: 2-3 star hotel in or near Vík

Day 2: 18th of August
Today we head a little bit further east along the south coast to reach the southern territory of the National Park of Vatnajökull, which is the biggest glacier in Europe. On our way to Skaftafell Park we stop at Fjaðrárgljúfur, a beautiful canyon with up to 100 m / 328 ft deep sheer walls covered with palagonite bedrock and vibrant green mosses and vegetation. Next stop is Skaftafell Park a green pearl at the roots of Vatnajökull. At Skaftafell mountain heath we visit the black waterfall Svartifoss with it’s dark basalt columns. This day’s run will be in the National Park, a mountain heath over Skaftafell National Park with excellent view over the stunning area of the glacier, the park, glacier rivers and black sand desert.

Running: 3 – 8 miles on mostly soft trails for those who want.
Accommodation: 2-3 star hotel in or near Vík

Day 3: 19th of August
Today is dedicated to the golden circle. We stop at the rift valley Þingvellir (UNESCO World Heritage Site) where the tectonic plates meet. Next stop is Geysir were the active geyser Strokkur will entertain you every 4 – 8 minutes with eruption of 15 – 40 meters high. Close by is the spectacular and powerful Gullfoss waterfall.
In the afternoon we get to the capital of Reykjavík and those who want can go to the Reykjavík Marathon Expo just opposite the hotel. Dinner on your own in Reykjavík.

Running: rest day for runners
Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Reykjavík

Day 4: 20th of August
REYKJAVÍK MARATHON
This day is dedicated to Iceland running races as the distances available on this day are 10k, half marathon and marathon distance. We will go to the city center in the morning to the starting point of the marathon.
After the marathon and different distances, once everyone has showered and is ready we meet up in late afternoon for a nice recovery meal.
This day is also culture day in Reykjavík so we will enjoy the afternoon and the evening around the city center, listening to outdoor concerts and enjoying the art and culture the city has to offer.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Reykjavík

Day 5: 21st of August
Late in the morning we go to the BLUE LAGOON to relax after the Reykjavík marathon. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal bath half an hour away from Reykjavík which is known for it’s unique composition of minerals, silica and algae. This is a perfect way to relax your body after a marathon.

After the bath we have lunch in the LAVA restaurant just by the Blue lagoon.

Those flying back to their homes this day can continue with a bus from the lagoon for 10 minutes to get to the international airport.

End of trip. Those who want to prolong their visit and stay for extra nights, there is no problem at all to add extra days before and after our trip.

Date: 17th – 21st August 2016

Price: 2,690 USD (excluding flights)

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Founded by one of the most notable running specialists in Iceland and Greenland, this operator specialises in offering trips that combine running with the chance to explore some of Iceland and Greenland’s most breathtaking natural environments. They offer a unique selection of running tours and events with something for every level of runner, from demanding and strenuous runs of 20 – 35 km per day to moderate runs with 5 – 10km per day.

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