best of the icelandic highlands, running
5th-8th of August 2019
4 days tour around the magical Icelandic highlands, running! Including visits to volcanoes such as Hekla, hot springs and mud pools, glacial lagoons, running next to the biggest glacier in Europe as well as exploring the colorful rhyolit mountains of Landmannalaugar running. The tour goes through the western territory of Vatnajökull National Park and the valley of Þórsmörk. The last day we hike under the well known Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano which erupted in 2010.
Accommodation in mountain huts and visiting a local geothermal swimming pool relaxing every muscle after 4 days running around variable trails in Iceland.
Day 1: Entering the highlands
Pick up at international airport or your hotel/guesthouse in Reykjavík drive
to Landmannahellir. A 4 hours drive from the international airport brings us to the roots of the mysterious Mt. Hekla. After a short visit to the volcano we drive towards our mountain hut in the Icelandic highlands, where we will spend the first night. Running route of the day brings us around the green and black mountains of the area towards the colorful rhyolit mountains of the Landmannalaugar area. After the run the guide cooks dinner with the help of everyone from Icelandic food and gives you insight in the scandinavian cuisine.
Running: 15 km on soft trails
Accommodation: Mountain hut of Landmannahellir
Day 2: Landmannalaugar
This starts with a short drive to the nearby Landmannalaugar. The area is now a popular destination of hikers because of the unique landscape that can be seen there. The landscape is characterized by colorful rhyolit mountains, as well as black lava from the middle ages with traces of obsidian. At today’s run we come across hot springs and mud pools too hot to bathe in, but very beautiful to look at. Our run starts and ends in Landmannalaugar and includes elevation of 1000 meters. After the run we recommend having a bath in the natural hot bath at Landmannalaugar. After the bath we drive to our mountain hut for relaxation.
Running: 20-25 km on mostly soft trails.
Accommodation: Mountain hut of Hólaskjól
Day 3: Crater of Eldgjá
We start the day by running to the largest volcanic canyon in the world, Eldgjá. There is a waterfall named Ófærufoss in the bottom of the canyon and both the canyon and the waterfall belong to the Western territory of Vatnajökull National Park. After a visit to Eldgjá we continue to the valley of Þórsmörk where we spend the night.
Running: 20-25 km on soft trails.
Accommodation: Mountain hut in Þórsmörk
Day 4: Þórsmörk (Valley of Thor)
We go for a morning run in Þórsmörk (valley of Thor) where we can get an overview of the valley and the three glaciers that surround the valley. The valley offers many trails to explore and mountains as well. On our way to Reykjavík we stop at the waterfall of Seljalandsfoss waterfall and get to Reykjavík in the afternoon between 4-6 pm.
Running: 15-20km on soft trails
Price : 245.000 ISK per person
INCLUDED : pick up in Reykjavík on day 1, sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts for 3 nights, local running guide during your stay in Iceland, transportation during these 4 days of travel in Iceland, full board (except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 4) including introduction to local food, entrance to a swimming pool, drop off in Reykjavík at your hotel/guesthouse on day 4
For more information regarding this tour, please contact us via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org