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Running Reykjavik (1.5 hours) – Offered September 7
Our in your running shoes and experience the charm of Reykjavik with a local guide who will show you the city and its many sights. There is not better wat to see Reykjavik than by joining a run!

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Wild Waterfalls (5 - 6 hours) -  Offered September 11 (1:00 PM)

In a canyon known as Jökulsárgljúfur, visitors can witness many of these magnificent waterfalls - including one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe: Dettifoss. This waterfall is 45 meters high and an incredible 100 meters wide, and is the largest waterfall in Iceland in terms of water volume. Within walking distance (around 1km) lies another breathtaking scene: the Selfoss waterfall, which cascades 11 meters down. The scenery around both these waterfalls is picture-perfect - they have, in fact, been featured in various Hollywood productions. The third waterfall that we will visit is called Hafragilsfoss, and is a true hidden gem in Iceland. Although most tourists overlook this spot, it provides a breathtaking view of the canyon and the mighty river that forms it - with the additional perk of being less crowded! We'll drive about 2 km up a dirt road and then take a short hike to an amazing view above the 27-meter high falls. Minimum number of participants per day is 25. 

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Lofthellir Ice Cave (5 - 6.5 hours) - Offered September 10 (8:00 AM or 10:30 AM) and September 11 (8.00 AM, 10:30 AM)*

The Lofthellir Ice Cave is a lava tunnel filled with permafrost ice. The cave boasts incredible ice formations, some of which are hundreds of years old, that have been formed by dripping water over the course of time. The tour will start from the Lake Mývatn area, and we will drive past some incredible geology, including the volcano Mt. Hverfjall, and along the Lúdentarborgir crater row. Once we reach the base of Mt. Hvannfell, there will be a 30-minute guided hike across lava fields to the entrance of the Lofthellir cave. There you will be provided with equipment to safely navigate the cave. We will travel slowly into the cave in a single line. Your cave guide will help you to move safely through the cave. The entrance is the narrowest part of the cave and participants will need to crawl on all fours to pass through. Past that point, every step you take into the cave it just gets bigger! A lost world of ice and magic awaits, frozen in time and in space.  The Lofthellir Ice Cave is a protected area and is privately owned by local landowners. Only a limited number of tours are allowed in, and all tours are operated by certified cave guides. The goal of the cave protection is to operate sustainable cave tours and preserve this incredible sight for future generations to explore - thus, in every ticket a fee is included for the protection program and local landowners. Minimum number of participants per departure is 6 and Maximum number of participants per departure is 10. 

Please note: This tour is not for people with claustrophobia, young children, or people that are not in reasonable physical condition. 

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Whale Safari (7 hours, including 3.5 hours sailing) -  Offered September 11 (8:00 AM)

Húsavík is often called the capital of whale watching in Iceland, and a day spent looking for these magnificent animals is an unforgettable experience. There are 12 species that can be considered common visitors, including, among others, the minke whale, humpback whale, orca, and even harbour porpoises! Hopefully, we'll also spot some Icelandic puffins flocking around. The original Húsavík Whale Watching Tour is run in a traditional Icelandic oak boat and is operated by one of the pioneers of whale watching in Iceland. The professional crews on the whale watching boats are specifically trained in responsible conduct with the whales, and will guide and inform you the whole way. They even offer you hot cocoa and cinnamon buns! Participants that are staying in Mývatn and Laugar will have 2 hours either before or after the trip (depending on departure time) to explore the picturesque town of Húsavík and purchase lunch. Húsavík has a variety of lovely restaurants on the harbour, a whale watching museum, a NASA museum, and plenty of shops. Húsavik participants will not require transport. Thus, you may be eligible for a discount on the tour, which will be confirmed after registration. This means that if you want the pleasure of sailing with other marathon participants, you are paying for the boat trip only. Minimum number of participants per day is 25. 

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Geothermal Nature Baths (3 - 4 hours) - September 10 (7:00 PM)

After your race (or a tiring day spent cheering), give your muscles a treat and take a soak in the restorative natural waters. The mineral-rich waters will soothe your skin while the warmth relaxes you. At this time of year, the sun still sets quite late, so you can savor a slow sunset as you bask in the water and enjoy the views. 

Mývatn participants: 
The area around Mývatn is a hotspot for geological activity. One of the byproducts of this is geothermal water - some of which has been used to form the Jardbödin Nature Baths. The lagoon itself averages between 36-40 degrees C, and the water is rich with minerals that are considered to have a positive effect on skin. In addition to the lagoon, the Mývatn Nature Baths offer two steam baths that are built directly on top of the geothermal area. There is also a café in the facilities where guests can purchase a variety of food, sweets, and drinks. This excursion includes bus travel to and from the Nature Baths as well as the entrance fee. The excursion will begin around 7 PM and the bus will bring you back to your hotel after 2 - 3 hours have been spent in the Nature Baths. Minimum number of participants is 30.

Húsavík participants: 
Perched on a hill in the north end of Húsavík, with a beautiful view over the ocean, the GeoSea thermal sea baths are not to be missed. The pools feature an infinity-style edge, ensuring your view of the peaks in the distance is unimpeded. The GeoSea facility also has steam baths and a café, where guests can purchase a variety of food, sweets, and drinks. Participants staying in Húsavík are not able to pre-book the Nature Baths excursion. Instead Húsavík guests can walk to the Geo Sea Spa and pay the entrance fee directly at the spa reception. It's about a 20-minute (1.3 km) walk from the Fosshotel, and naturally this allows you to come and go when you please. The GeoSea thermal baths will stay open until 24:00. 

*Please note that if the min. number is not reached for all excursions, we reserve the right to either move participants to another departure day or cancel the excursion. If the excursion is canceled, you will be refunded. 

Additional details will be shared after you book your tour and excursions. 

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The Golden Circle | September 5 - 7 | Two-Night Package
Please note: this tour operates before the five-night package begins. The hotels in this extension may not be the same as the hotel that is assigned to your tour package, so please be aware that, if this is the case, you will need to change hotels after the second night. 

Monday, September 5: Arrival Day
Welcome to Iceland! Arrival at Keflavík international airport. Guests need to arrange their own transportation by shuttle bus to Reykjavík (45 min.). Overnight at the hotel. (No meals included)

Tuesday, September 6: Golden Circle Tour
Today, we will complete the famous Golden Circle. We will drive a loop between three of Iceland's most celebrated attractions: Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall. The tour begins with a stop at Thingvellir, Iceland's first national park. Legend has it that the nation of Iceland began here, and it is where Viking chieftains established the first assembly in 930 AD, meaning it is the earliest known version of a formal parliamentary system in the world. The park also contains unique geology and natural landscapes - it is one of the few places on earth where visitors can observe the continental drift: the spot where the North American and Eurasion tectonic plates are drifting apart. 

After a short walk through the national park, we will drive to the Geyser geothermal area. The Great Geyser erupts less frequently these days, but we will be able to observe Strokkur, the most active geyser in the area. Every 5-10 minutes, Stokkur that spouts hot water and steam roughly 20-25 meters up in the air. 

Next, we'll continue to the beautiful Gullfoss, known as the "Golden Waterfall." This multi-level waterfall is an iconic sight, and it is not unusual to see it accompanied by a rainbow. We'll return to Reykjavík via Hveragerði, completing our loop. (Breakfast and lunch included) 

Wednesday, September 7: Reykjavík City Tour
Today is your chance to explore Reykjavík - we will embark on a three-hour tour where you will learn all about the capital of Iceland. First, we'll drive all the way to the outskirts of the city to the Álftanes peninsula, where we will stop at a church. Just a short distance away lies Bessastaðir, the official residence of the Icelandic president. On our way back into the city, we'll stop at Perlan - one of the best view points over the city that is built on top of hot water reservoirs. If the weather is clear, we can see all the way to the distant Snæfellsjökull glacier. 

Back in the town center, we will head for the Hallgrímskirkja church, one of the city's best-known landmarks. There is a possibility for another viewpoint here from the church tower. Then, we will walk from the church through the city center, down to the Laugavegur shopping street, and finally to the Harpa Cultural Center by the old harbour. Along the way, listen to your guide for historical and cultural stories about this fascinating island. 

At the end of the tour we will return to the hotel - or if your marathon package includes a different hotel, you will be dropped off there. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the city at your leisure. (Breakfast included)

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East Iceland Highlights | September 12 - 16 | Four-Night Package

Monday, September 12: Vök Baths & Hengifoss Waterfall
After picking up participants in Laugar and Húsavík, we will leave Mývatn by driving east across lava fields and the Möðrudalsöræfi desert land, crossing a glacial river along the way. We will make a stop in this apparent wilderness at the farm of Möðrudalur. This is the highest inhabited farm in Iceland at 469 meters above sea level, and they run a highland cafe, Fjallakaffi. 

From there, we will drive down off the desert highland plateau into a lush valley where we should see several waterfalls descending from the hills that loom above the road. The next stop will be at the Vök Baths on the beautiful Lake Urriðavatn. This is a hot spring destination like no other - the hot water is so pure, it's certified as drinkable! Admission to the baths, 2 drinks, and towel rental is included in the package. 

After some time at the baths, we will continue to Seyðisfjörður, a harbour town located in the heart of what is considered to be Iceland's most beautiful fjord. We will then backtrack slightly to drive along the shores of Lake Lagarfljót. Along the way, we'll have the chance to hike up to the Hengifoss waterfall. At 128 meters high, this is the third highest waterfall in Iceland - but what really makes it special is the eye-catching patterns woven by red clay and black basalt on the cliff face behind the narrow ribbon of water. The hike up takes approximately one hour, and along the way there is a possibility to stop at the smaller, but just as beautiful, Litlanesfoss waterfall. We will continue onto Breiðdalsvík, our final destination for the day, where we will enjoy dinner and stay at Hotel Bláfell. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Tuesday, September 13: Glacier Lagoon & Skaftafell National Park
After breakfast at the hotel, we will continue driving south along the coastal ring road, which offers beautiful panoramic views. When we reach the area of Höfn, we will hopefully get a good view of Iceland's largest glacier, Vatnajökull, which we follow for the rest of the day. One of its outlet glaciers ends in an ever-growing glacial lagoon known as Jökulsárlón. Icebergs break off and float across the lagoon, down a short river and out to the ocean. Here, we will embark on an amphibian boat tour that will take us from land across the lagoon so we can experience the magical ice up close. If we are lucky, we might spot some seals playing around in the lagoon or nearby on the shore of "Diamond Beach" - known as such because chunks of ice become stranded in the black sand and glitter like diamonds. 

After our boat tour, we will continue by bus down to Skaftafell National Park, where you will have the afternoon to explore. Perhaps you want to walk through the birch forest to Svartifoss waterfall, or follow the mountainside to the glacial morraine. Or perhaps you just want to relax and enjoy the late sun. We will eat dinner and spend the night at Hotel Laki in the area. (Breakfast and dinner included)

Wednesday, September 14: Vík, Skógafoss, & Seljalandsfoss
We begin the day with breakfast at the hotel. We will then drive through moss-covered lava fields and the sands of glacial rivers until we reach the village of Vík, where the famous black sand beach stretches as far as the eye can see. There is also an impressive view of the Reynisdrangar cliffs rising out of the ocean - no fears about bad weather, either, as the cliffs look even more mystical when shrouded in fog. 

The drive continues along the Eyjafjöll mountains with views of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier - under which rests the infamous volcano of the same name that erupted in 2010 and caused disruption in air traffic all over Europe. The next stop is Skógafoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls along the way. One can ascend to the top of the waterfall, and on a clear day, the view out is spectacular.  

Further along there is also a chance to stop at the iconic Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is known for the fact that visitors can walk behind it. Don't forget your raincoat if you do so! A short walk away is another gem hidden in the narrow gorge: Gljúfrabúi, which translated means "canyon dweller." If you wish to enter the fairy-like cave into which Gljúfrabúi drops, make sure your footwear is waterproof. 

We will end our day in the small town of Hvolsvöllur. Here, we will visit the Lava Center, where we can learn all about volcanoes, seismic activity, and the most recent volcanic eruptions. Visitors can view a short film and walk through the interactive, high-tech educational exhibition. We will have dinner and sleep at Hotel Hvolsvöllur. (Breakfast and dinner included) 

Thursday, September 15: The Golden Circle
Our exploration of Iceland comes to a close with a tour of some of the most iconic sites in the country: the Golden Circle. Centered around three key attractions, the Golden Circle describes a commonly driven loop that incorporates all three. The first stop is the famous Gullfoss waterfall, also known as 'The Golden Falls.' This waterfall descends in two cascades into the deep gorge of the Hvítá glacial river, and it is not uncommon to spot a rainbow in the vicinity. 

From Gullfoss, it is just a short drive to the Geysir geothermal area. The most active of the geysirs, called Strokkur, spouts a column of water roughly 20-25 meters into the air every 5-10 minutes. Be ready with your camera! 

Finally, we will continue on to Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. Thingvellir is known as the birthplace of the nation of Iceland, and it is where Viking chieftains established the first assembly in 930 AD - which makes it the earliest known version of a formal parliamentary system. The park also contains unique geology and natural landscapes, and visitors can observe what is known as the continental drift, where the North American and Eurasion tectonic plates are drifting apart. This is one of the few places in the world where such a shift can actually be seen! We will arrive in Reykjavík early in the evening, where we will stay the night. (Breakfast included)

Friday, September 16: Departure Day
Sadly, it is time to bid farewell to Iceland after breakfast at the hotel. Guests need to arrange their own shuttle bus to Keflavík airport. (Breakfast included)

All itineraries subject to change.

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