Iceland Volcano Marathon Tour | Five Night Package | September 7 - 12, 2022
Wednesday, September 7: Welcome to Iceland!
Arrival at Keflavik International Airport (KEF) in Reykjavík. There is no set arrival time, so you can book the flight that is most suitable for you. Note that transfer from Keflavík to Reykjavík is not included in the package. Once you've reached the arrivals hall, please make your way to the airport shuttle desk or take a taxi to reach your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. With almost 24 hours of daylight during the summer months, Reykjavík is often described as the city that never sleeps... so take this opportunity to discover the world's northernmost capital city at your own speed! (No meals included today)
Thursday, September 8: Iceland's Scenic West Coast & Race Briefing
After an early breakfast, we will board our bus and begin a scenic drive up along the west coast of Iceland. Along the way, our guide will tell us about Iceland. In the afternoon, we reach Akureyri, known as "The Capital of the North," which lies just 100 km (62 miles) away from the Arctic Circle. Here, race officials will provide a race briefing and distribute your race bags while we enjoy a snack meal. After the briefing, our journey will continue to Mývatn/Húsavík/Laugar, where you will get settled into your hotel. (Breakfast, lunch box, and a stand up snack meal included)
Friday, September 9: Myvatn Route Highlights
On today’s tour you will visit some of the places on the marathon route.
- Dimmuborgir (Dark Castles) a spectacular maze of strange lava structures covered with surprisingly lush vegetation. The area is composed of various volcanic caves and rock formations.
- Hverfjall – a tephra cone with erupted 2500 years ago in the southern part of the Kraflo fissure swarm. The crater is approximately 1km in diameter.
- Hverir solfatarars (boiling sulphur mud pits) at Namaskard, these being some of the most spectacular in the country. Stroll around the bubbling gray puddles and the ethereal steam loudly escaping from the conical fumaroles. If you’ve never smelled a rotten egg this is a good chance to fill this gap! But please – mind your step.
- And finally – we visit the steaming grounds of Bjarnarflag, where locals bake their known Geyser bread, We meet a local that tells us the story behind the tradition, and you’ll have a chance to taste the bread baked in nature’s oven heated by the geothermal heat of the geyser. (Breakfast and pasta dinner included)
Saturday, September 10: Race Day!
Today is the big day - the Iceland Volcano Marathon is on! Runners will have the rare opportunity to run the dirt and gravel roads around the majestic Hverfjall crater. While the route will be demanding, the weather is likely to pose the biggest challenge. Although this event is held in September in the late Icelandic summer, it's unlikely temperatures will rise above 11 degrees Celsius (54 degrees Fahrenheit) and rain is not uncommon during the north Icelandic summer. The scenery, however, is equally dramatic in both sun and rain! At the finish line, a BBQ lunch will be served to participants. Shuttle buses will take all participants back to their hotels.
After dinner, you have the chance to join our optional excursion to Jardbodin Nature Baths in Myvatn or GeoSea Husavik. The perfect way to give your muscles a treat and take a soak in the restorative natural waters. (Breakfast and BBQ lunch included)
Sunday, September 11: Relaxation, Optional Excursions, & Celebration Dinner
Spend the day on an excursion, or take in the stunning nature surrounding Mývatn/Húsavík at your own pace.In the late afternoon, we will depart for the small village of Laugar to celebrate yesterday’s achievements with a festive dinner. (Breakfast and dinner included. Lunch included in optional excursions)
Monday, September 12: Farewell Iceland or Hello Extension
After an early breakfast, we will board shuttle buses that will drive us through Reykjavík to Keflavik International Airport (KEF). Expected arrival at Keflavik Airport is 2:00 PM. Knowing this, it is not advisable to book your flight out of Iceland earlier than 4:30 PM.
If you are not ready for the adventure to end, join one of our optional extensions - you can dive deep into Iceland's volcanic activity, stand beneath some of its mighty waterfalls or tour Iceland's less visited, but no less dramatic, east coast. (Breakfast and lunch box included)