Iceland Volcano Marathon 2020 6-day package

Run through one of Earth’s geological hot spots with geyser steam, volcano craters and lava rock.
22-27 Jul
6 days
1 995 EUR

Be among the very first to run our new epic race!

The Iceland Volcano Marathon takes place in Mývatn in northern Iceland, where the North Volcanic Zone splits the American and Eurasian continental plates. Still an active volcano area, this area is abundant with volcano craters and steaming geysers.

Entry is in combination with a package offering one night in Reykjavík and four nights in Mývatn, Húsavík or Laugar, giving you ample opportunity to indulge in this otherworldly landscape, visit Europe’s largest waterfall, embark on a whale safari, hike through the castle-like lava formations of Dimmuborgir, and relax in an underground heated lagoon.

You will truly feel and be one with the forces of nature here!

Itinerary

The itinerary is detailed below. This is what you'll be doing during your stay!

22 July 2020Welcome to Iceland, Explore Reykjavík

Views of Reykjavík

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.

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, why not take this opportunity to discover the world's northermost capital city in your own speed?

Meals: Not included

23 July 2020Iceland’s Scenic West Coast, Race Briefing, Arrival in Mývatn/Húsavík

Beautiful view of Húsavík Harbour

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, "The Capital of the North", which lies just 100 km (62 miles) away from the Arctic Circle. Here, race officials will host a race briefing and distribute your race packages while we enjoy a snack meal. After the briefing, our journey will continue to Mývatn/Húsavík, where you will get settled into your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch box and a stand up snack meal included

24 July 2020Mývatn/Húsavík at Your Leisure, Optional Excursions

Hiking the waterfalls of Mývatn

You have the entire day to adapt to the north Icelandic climate and get ready for tomorrow’s race.

Consider joining one of the excursions to see much of the Mývatn area, or board a whale safari in Húsavík. Full details on Excursions to be announced soon.

You can also spend the day at your leisure, rent a bike or shake off your travels with a jog. In the evening, a pasta dinner will be served at your hotel. Rest up tonight - tomorrow is race day!

Meals: Breakfast and pasta dinner included. Lunch included in optional excursions.

25 July 2020Race Day

Today is the big day - the premiere of the first Iceland Volcano Marathon!

Precise details, such as starting time and the final route, are still to be decided, but you can rest assured that it will be a morning start and a 7-hour time limit.

Marathon and half marathon runners will have a 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 July at the peak of summer, it's unlikely temperatures will rise above 18 degrees Celsius / 64 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 busses will then take all participants back to their hotels.

Meals: Breakfast and BBQ lunch included

26 July 2020Relaxation, Optional Excursions & Celebration Dinner

Whale safari in Húsavík

Spend the day on an excursion or a whale safari, 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.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included. Lunch included in optional excursions.

27 July 2020Farewell Iceland or Hello Extension

After an early breakfast, our buses will drive back to Keflavik International Airport (KEF) in Reykjavík. Expected arrival at Keflavik Airport is 14:30. Knowing this, it is not advisable to book your flight out of Iceland earlier than 16:30 on this day.

Not ready for the adventure to end? Further information on optional extensions will be available soon. Stay tuned!

Meals: Breakfast and lunch box included

Excursions

Whale Safari

24 Jul, 26 Jul | 7 hours | 170 EUR
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Húsavík is often called the capital of whale watching in Iceland, and a day spent looking for these magnificent creatures is an unforgetttable 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:

Since you are already located in the town, naturally you don't require transport. Thus, you are eligible for a discount on the tour, which will be applied after registration. This means that if you want the pleasure of sailing with other marathon participants, you are paying for the boat trip only. 

 

About the Tour: 

Duration: 7 hours (3.5 hours sailing) 

Departures: Friday at 8:00 or 10:30, or Sunday at 08:00 

Minimum number of participants per day*: 25 

*please note that if the min. number is not reached, 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. 

Inclusions: 

- 45-minute (each way) hotel transfers for Mývatn and Laugar participants to Húsavík 

- Boat trip 

- 2 hours in Húsavík 

- Guide 

Note on Iceland Excursion Departures:

At the time of booking, we cannot guarantee specific departure times or day, as this depends on the minimum participant requirements as well as where participants are staying. This also means that you should only sign up for a maximum of two excursions in total: one for Friday and one for Sunday (and of course the Nature Baths can be added on Saturday). 

Please choose your preferred departure time and day when booking and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Approximately 3 weeks before the tour, we will inform you of your departure time and day. Refunds will NOT be given for cancellations received after the departure time has been given. 

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Lofthellir Ice Cave

24 Jul, 26 Jul | 5 - 6.5 hours | 260 EUR
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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 felds 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. 

Please note: This tour is not for people with claustraphobia, young children, or people that are not in reasonable physical condition. To reach the cave, we will hike for 30 min across a relatively smooth lava field. The short entry (approximately 1,5 meters) into the cave is narrow, and guests need to crawl on all fours to enter. Temperature in the cave ranges from 0 to -2 degrees C, so please make sure you have good gloves and preferably waterproof pants. 

 

About the Tour: 

Duration: 5 hours*

*Participants staying in Húsavík and Laugar require extra travel time, and thus should expect a 6.5-hour duration 

Departures: Friday at 8:00, 10:30, or 13:00, or Sunday at 08:00 or 10:30 

Please note: Particiapnts in Húsavík and Laugar will have slightly earlier departures, and thus have priority on the 10:30 departure times.

Minimum number of participants per departure*: 6

Maximum number of particpants per departure: 10 

*please note that if the min. number is not reached, 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. 

Inclusions: 

- Return transfers from the hotel to the cave

- Guide 

- 1 hour of cave exploration 

- Packed lunch 

- Required safety equipment: helmet, head lamp, and studded boots. 

Note on Iceland Excursion Departures:

At the time of booking, we cannot guarantee specific departure times or day, as this depends on the minimum participant requirements as well as where participants are staying. This also means that you should only sign up for a maximum of two excursions in total: one for Friday and one for Sunday (and of course the Nature Baths can be added on Saturday). 

Please choose your preferred departure time and day when booking and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Approximately 3 weeks before the tour, we will inform you of your departure time and day. Refunds will NOT be given for cancellations received after the departure time has been given. 

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Lake Mývatn Highlights

24 Jul, 26 Jul | 6 - 7.5 hours | 140 EUR
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In terms of geological history, Iceland is relatively young. The island pulses with volcanic activity, which can be clearly seen in the massive number of geysirs, hot springs, and lava fields. On this excursion, we'll visit some of the spots that will be included on the marathon route. The Iceland Volcano Marathon does not offer an official route inspection, and thus this tour will be your best chance to get a preview of what awaits you on race day. 

The first place we'll visit is Dimmuborgir, translated as 'Dark Castles.' This is a spectacular maze of strange lava structures - the area is composed of various volcanic caves and rock formations is covered with surprisingly lush vegetation. We'll also pass by Hverfjall (but we will not stop at it) - a tephra cone that erupted approximately 2500 years ago in the southern part of the Krafla fissure swarm and created a crater of approximately 1 km in diameter. 

We will also visit the Hverir solfatarars (boiling sulphur mud pits) at Námaskarð, which are some of the most fantastic in the country. Stroll around the bubbling gray puddles and enjoy the ethereal steam pouring manically out. If you've never smelled a rotten egg, this is your chance to understand what it's like! But please - mind your steps in this area. 

Finally, we will visit the steaming grounds in Bjarnarflag, where locals bake their famous Geyser bread. A local will share the story of the tradition with us and you'll have a chance to taste bread baked from the geothermal heat of the geysers. We will then visit a local farm house, and eat a lunch that is made predominantly from their own produce. 

About the Tour: 

Duration: 6 hours 

*Participants staying in Húsavík and Laugar require extra travel time. Laugar will take 7 hours and Húsavík will take 7.5. 

Departures: Friday at 9:30 or Sunday at 9:30 - both days Húsavík departure is 8:30 and Laugar is 8:45

Minimum number of participants per departure*: 25

*please note that if the min. number is not reached, 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. 

Inclusions: 

- Pick up and drop off at the hotel 

- Bus tour to the mentioned sights 

- Guide

- Farmhouse lunch 

- Rye bread tasting from a geysir oven 

Note on Iceland Excursion Departures:

At the time of booking, we cannot guarantee specific departure times or day, as this depends on the minimum participant requirements as well as where participants are staying. This also means that you should only sign up for a maximum of two excursions in total: one for Friday and one for Sunday (and of course the Nature Baths can be added on Saturday). 

Please choose your preferred departure time and day when booking and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Approximately 3 weeks before the tour, we will inform you of your departure time and day. Refunds will NOT be given for cancellations received after the departure time has been given. 

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Wild Waterfalls

24 Jul, 26 Jul | 5 hours | 80 EUR
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In a canyon known as Jökulsárgljúfur, visitors can witness many 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. Although you will have plenty of time to take photographs of Dettifoss, your first glimpse of this beastly wonder will be the best memory.

Within walking distance (around 1km) lies another breathtaking scene: the Selfoss waterfall, which cascades 11 meters down. Although Selfoss is not as tall, it is very wide and thus poses an awe-inspiring sight. 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. 

 

About the Tour: 

Duration: 5 hours*

*Participants staying in Húsavik and Laugar require extra travel time, and thus should expect a 6-hour duration 

Departures: Friday at 13:00 or Sunday at 08:00 

Minimum number of participants per day*: 25 

*please note that if the min. number is not reached, 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. 

Inclusions: 

- Return transfers from the hotel to the falls 

- Guide 

Note on Iceland Excursion Departures:

At the time of booking, we cannot guarantee specific departure times or day, as this depends on the minimum participant requirements as well as where participants are staying. This also means that you should only sign up for a maximum of two excursions in total: one for Friday and one for Sunday (and of course the Nature Baths can be added on Saturday). 

Please choose your preferred departure time and day when booking and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Approximately 3 weeks before the tour, we will inform you of your departure time and day. Refunds will NOT be given for cancellations received after the departure time has been given. 

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Geothermal Nature Baths

25 Jul | 3 - 4 hours | 70 EUR
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Is a trip to Iceland really complete without visiting one of their renowned thermal baths? Luckily, we've arranged it for you! 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. 

There are two destinations, subject to your hotel location. 

 

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 Mývatn Nature Baths. While the Nature Baths' lagoon is manmade, the water is drawn up from a hot spring with a depth of 2.500 meters and is about 130 degrees C when it reaches the surface. This hot spring forms a basin which is then used to fill the lagoon. 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 are windows in the steam baths so guests can enjoy the magnificent view, and cool showers right outside to relieve the heat. 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 20:00, and the bus will bring you back to your hotel after 2-3 hours have been spent in the Nature Baths. If you would like to stay longer, or perhaps get some more exercise, you may of course also choose to walk back. Participants in the Eldà Guesthouse and the Icelandair hotel would have about a 1-hour walk (4.3 km), while participants in the Fosshotel Mývatn could walk around 7 km. The Baths do not close until 24:00, and the sun does not officially set until approximately 23:00 (after which a glow will remain on the horizon for the duration of the night). 

 

Húsavík and Laugar 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. These baths are a unique experience in Iceland - most of the nature baths trace their sources to hot springs welling up from the earth's crust. However, in Húsavík, the geothermal activity heats ocean water itself, and the hot sea water has been utilized for centuries for bathing and washing. Today, two drill holes ensure the hot water flows between the baths and back into the sea, keeping the area clean and warm. 

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. 

This excursion includes bus travel to and from the GeoSea thermal baths for participants staying in Laugar as well as Húsavík, and the entrance fee. The excursion will begin around 20:00, and the bus will bring you back to your hotel after 2-3 hours have been spent in the GeoSea baths. Of course, participants in Húsavík have the option of just walking if they prefer. It's about a 20-minute (1.3 km) walk, and naturally this allows you to come and go when you please. The GeoSea thermal baths will stay open until 24:00. 

About the Tours: 

Duration: 3-4 Hours 

Departures: Saturday at 20:00

Minimum number of participants*: 30

*please note that if the min. number is not reached, 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. 

What should I bring with me? Bring your bathing suit and a towel. If you prefer, you can rent a towel at the reception in both bath locations. Lockers are also included for both. 

Inclusions: 

- Bus transfer from hotel to baths 

- Entrance to the baths 

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Extensions

Pre-Tour: The Golden Circle

20-22 Jul | 3 days | 595 EUR
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Please note: this tour operates before the 6-day 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. 

  • Day 1 - 20 July: 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. 

    Meals: Not included.

  • Day 2 - 21 July: 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 Geysir geothermal area. The Great Geysir 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. 

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch 

  • Day 3 - 22 July: 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. 

    Meals: Breakfast 

     

  • Price Information

    Shared double room at Hotel Cabin (standard packag): 595 EUR 
    Single room supplement at Hotel Cabin: +190 EUR 

    Upgrade to shared double room at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura: 75 EUR 
    Single room supplement at Natura: +350 EUR 

  • Inclusions

    Privately guided Golden Circle bus tour with lunch 
    Privately guided Reykjavík city sightseeing tour 
    2 nights accommodation in hotel of choice 
    Admission to Perlan observation deck 
    Transportation according to the itinerary 
    Meals according to the itinerary 

  • Exclusions

    Shuttle from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík 
    Personal expenses 
    Meals not mentioned in the itinerary 
    Beverages
    Travel and health insurance 
    Anything else not mentioned under "Inclusions"

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The Golden Circle

27-30 Jul | 4 days | 1 395 EUR
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  • Day 1 - 27 July: Akureyri & Hveravellir

    After breakfast at the hotels, we will depart from Húsavík and pick up participants from Mývatn and Laugar on our way to Akureyri. Akureyri is often referred to as the Capital of the North, and it is a vibrant town full of charm and culture. We will take a short sightseeing drive and then allow for some free time for you to explore in the city center. 

    Around noon, we will head south along the ring road until we reach Blanda River. We'll pass the Bland hydro-power station and get a view of the large artificial lakes. Further on, we'll hopefully get views of the Hofsjökull and Langjökull glaciers. When we reach Hveravellir geothermal area, we will have our lunch break and take some time to walk around the hot springs, or take a quick dip in the geothermal pool by the mountain hut. 

    We will then continue driving to Geysir geothermal area, where we will end our day with dinner at the Hotel Geysir. 

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner 

  • Day 2 - 28 July: Geysir - Gullfoss - Thingvellir National Park

    Today we get the chance to explore the famous Golden Circle of Iceland. After breakfast, we'll take some time to walk around the Geysir geothermal area and wait for Strokkur - the most active of the geysers - to spout a column of water up 20-25 meters in the air. This happens regularly, approximately every 5-10 minutes. 

    Then we will backtrack a bit to Gullfoss, where you can take the time to enjoy the sight of the stunning waterfall and the gorge of the Hvítá river into which the waterfall cascades. From there, we will continue towards Selfoss and Hveragerði, a small town that is built above a geothermal field. There is a possibility in Hveragerði for a short hike along the hot spring. 

    The final destination of the day is Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. Thingvellir is known as the birthplace of the Icelandic nation, and it is where Viking chieftains established the first assembly in 930 AD - the earliest known version of a formal parliamentary system in the world. 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. 

    From Thingvellir we will continue towards Reykjavík where we will stay for two nights at Hotel Cabin. At the hotel this evening, we will enjoy a buffet dinner that includes a variety of hot and cold dishes, freshly baked bread, and select beverages: soft drinks, water, coffee, and tea. 

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner 

  • Day 3 - 29 July: 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 day we will return to the hotel. The afternoon is free for you to explore the city at your leisure. 

    Meals: Breakfast 

  • Day 4 - 30 July: 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. 

    Meals: Breakfast 

     

  • Price Information

    Shared double room: 1395 EUR
    Single room supplement: +350 EUR

  • Inclusions

    Private bus with driver as per itinerary (Days 1-3) 
    Local English-speaking guide as per itinerary (Days 1-3) 
    3 nights accommodation 
    All breakfasts 
    2 Lunches (Day 1 and 2) 
    2 Dinners (Day 1 and 2) 
    Admission to Perlan observation deck 

  • Exclusions

    Shuttle bus from Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport
    Personal expenses 
    Meals not mentioned in the itinerary 
    Beverages 
    Travel and health insurance
    Anything else not mentioned under "Inclusions" 

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East Iceland Highlights

27-31 Jul | 5 days | 1 895 EUR
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  • Day 1 - 27 July: 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 (see 'inclusions'). 

    After some time at the baths, we will continue to 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. 

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner 

  • Day 2 - 28 July: 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. 

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner 

  • Day 3 - 29 July: 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. 

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner 

  • Day 4 - 30 July: 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 at Hotel Cabin. 

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch 

  • Day 5 - 31 July: 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. 

    Meals: Breakfast

     

  • Price Information

    Shared double room: 1895 EUR
    Single room supplement: +490 EUR

  • Inclusions

    Private bus with driver as per itinerary 
    Local English-speaking guide as per itinerary 
    4 nights accommodation 
    All breakfasts 
    3 lunches 
    3 dinners 
    Admission fee to Vök Baths, including 1 herbal drink, 1 drink at the pool bar, and towel rental. 
    Amphibian boat tour on Jökulsárlón
    Admission fee to Lava Centre (exhibition + short film) 

  • Exclusions

    Shuttle bus from Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport
    Personal expenses 
    Meals not mentioned in the itinerary 
    Beverages
    Health insurance 
    Anything else not mentioned under "Inclusions"

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Volcanoes and Waterfalls

27-31 Jul | 5 days | 2 495 EUR
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  • Day 1 - 27 July: Akureyri, Kolugljúfur Canyon, & Grábók Crater

    After picking up participants in Laugar and Húsavík, we will leave Mývatn by driving west to Akureyri, often called the Capital of the North. Akureyri offers many attractions, including a beautiful church with stained-glass windows and an extensive botanical garden. After a short stop in the city center, we will continue driving. 

    We will drive over a mountain pass and through beautiful valleys on our way to the small town of Blönduós. Here, we will take a break to purchase lunch in town. 

    After lunch, we'll continue driving south until we stop at Kolugljúfur Canyon, where several waterfalls plunge down into the gorge. We will also stop at Grábók Crater, which towers over a lava field that is overgown by soft patches of moss. An easy walking path leads up and round the rim of the crater, which offers a fantastic view over the surrounding area and distant mountains. 

    We will end our day with dinner at a country hotel called Hotel Bifröst. 

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner 

  • Day 2 - 28 July: Lava Cave Exploration & Golden Circle

    After breakfast at the hotel, we will begin our day with a drive through the countryside, leaving the ring road for the first time. Our first stop will be a quick visit to Deildatunguhver, a hot spring that boasts the highest water flow in Europe.

    We will then drive to Viðgelmir Lava Cave. At base camp, we will gear up with helmets and headlamps, and then take a short walk across the field to the opening of the lava tube. Viðgelmir Cave offers an unforgettable experience - at nearly 1600 meters long, it is Iceland's largest lava cave, and it offers stunning colours and rock formations that we can observe as we make our way along wooden walkways that have been installed to make exploration easier. The tour will last for approximately 1.5 hours. 

    After the tour, we will continue our drive to Hraunfossar waterfall, which translated means "lava waterfalls." Here, we can see countless creeks streaming out from under lava formations and dropping down into the Hvitá river. Just above Hraunfossar is Barnafoss waterfall - we will take some time to explore the surroundings, as well as purchase lunch or other refreshments at the restaurant on site. 

    After lunch, we will drive toward Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. This is one of the few places on earth where continental drift - that is, the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates drifting away from each other - can be observed. Apart from being fascinating geologically, Thingvellir is also important historically. It is the site of the first known formal parliamentary system, which was established in 930 AD on the plains under the grand wall of Almannagjá. 

    The next destination is Geysir geothermal area, a hotspot for geothermal activity. We will wait for Strokkur, the most active geyser in the area, to erupt. Every 5-10 minutes, it blows hot water roughly 20-25 meters in the air. A short drive away is our final attraction for the day: Gullfoss waterfall. Also known as 'The Golden Falls,' this waterfall descends in two cascades into the deep gorge of the Hvítá glacial river.

    We will end our day with dinner and some good rest at Hotel Borealis near Sog River. 

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner 

  • Day 3 - 29 July: Landmannalaugar

    After breakfast, we begin our journey toward the Southern Highlands! We will head toward Selfoss and then drive along the course of Þjórsá, the longest Icelandic river. We will make a stop at Hjálparfoss waterfall along the way to the Hrauneyjar Highland Center, where we have a chance to purchase snacks or refreshments. 

    We will continue along the highland track to one of the most colourful areas of Iceland: Landmannalaugar. Translated this name means 'people's pools,' as it is historically best known for its natural geothermal baths. Today, visitors to the area delight in truly unique geological and aesthetic formations which are caused by special types of rocks that dazzle in shades of red, pink, green, blue, and golden yellow. We will stop for a hike through the colorful lava fields, take time to enjoy our packed lunches, and/or take a relaxing dip in the geothermal river at the edge of the lava fields. 

    From Landmannalaugar, we will take a slightly different scenic route back from the highlands which will bring close to Mt. Hekla, the most notorious Icelandic volcano. Due to its many eruptions, it was known in the middle ages as the entrance to hell! 

    We will finish our day in the small town of Hella at Hotel Stracta, where we will enjoy a buffet dinner. 

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner 

  • Day 4 - 30 July: Inside the Volcano Tour

    We will begin our day with breakfast at the hotel. Our first stop will be at the iconic waterfall known as Seljalandsfoss, where we will have the chance to walk behind the waterfall. 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 the continue to the town of Hvolsvöllur where we visit the Lava Center. Visitors can view a short film and walk through the interactive, high-tech educational exhibition that paints a picture of volcanic activity, earthquakes, and the creation of Iceland. 

    After this break, we will drive to the ski resort at Bláföll where we will meet for the 'Inside the Volcano' tour - a journey toward the center of the earth, and an experience like no other! First, we will meet with our guide and embark on a 45-50 minutes hike towards the Þríhnúkagíur crater. We will receive safety instructions and suit up in harnesses and helmets. After this, the group will be split into smaller parties of 6-7 people to descend into the crater. Each group will board a small, open lift that will lower you deep into the magma chamber. Expert guides will accompany us during our time in the magma chamber as we explore and marvel at the unique rocks and the immensity. 
    Please note that for this tour you do not need prior knowledge of climbing or hiking, but you should have a moderate fitness level to complete the hike (approx. 3.5 km/2 mi each way). 

    When everyone has returned to the surface, we will hike back to base camp. There we will enjoy a cup of traditional Icelandic meat soup (vegetarian option is availabe) to warm ourselves up before getting back on the bus and finishing our day at Hotel Cabin in Reykjavík. 

    Meals: Breakfast 

  • Day 5 - 31 July: Departure Day

    Sadly, it is time to bid farewell to Iceland after breakfast at the hotel. Guests are responsible for arranging their own shuttle bus to Keflavík airport. 

    Meals: Breakfast

     

  • Price Information

    Shared double room: 2495 EUR 
    Single room supplement: +450 EUR 

  • Inclusions

    Private bus with driver as per itinerary 
    Local English-speaking guide as per itinerary 
    4 nights accommodation 
    All breakfasts 
    1 packed lunch (Day 3) 
    3 dinners 
    Inside the Volcano Tour (includes guided hike, all safety gear such as harnesses, helmets, etc., and traditional Icelandic meat soup with coffee/tea) 
    Admission fee to Lava Center (exhibition and short film) 
    Viðgelmir Guided Lava Cave Tour 

  • Exclusions

    Shuttle from Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport
    Personal expenses 
    Meals not mentioned in the itinerary 
    Beverages 
    Travel and health insurance
    Anything else not mentioned under "Inclusions" 

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Price information

Have a look at package prices below. Please note that prices do not include the race package.

All prices are per person

The 6-day tour package has a selection of accommodation combinations as shown in the list below. The prices are per person - runner or non-runner. The race entry is additional for runners. More details on the hotels will be available soon.

Package Hotel in Reykjavik Hotel in Mývatn/Húsavík Shared double/twin Single room supplement
A Arctic Comfort Guesthouse Eldá (Mývatn) EUR 1995 EUR 550
B Hotel Cabin Hotel Laugar EUR 2095 EUR 650
C Hotel Cabin Fosshotel Húsavík - Standard room EUR 2195 EUR 750
D Fosshotel Reykjavik Fosshotel Mývatn - Standard room EUR 2295 EUR 900
D+ Fosshotel Reykjavik Fosshotel Mývatn - Lake view room EUR 2445 EUR 1200
E Hotel Cabin Hotel Laxá (Mývatn) EUR 2395 EUR 850
F Icelandair Hotel Natura Sel Hotel (Mývatn) EUR 2395 EUR 900
G Fosshotel Reykjavik Fosshotel Húsavík - Deluxe room EUR 2495 EUR 1050
H Fosshotel Reykjavik Icelandair Hotel Mývatn EUR 2595 EUR 1100

Please note that it is not possible to combine the hotels in other ways than as shown above.

Inclusions

  • 1 night accommodation  in Reykjavik
  • 4 nights accommodation in Mývatn or Húsavík
  • Transportation Reykjavik-Mývatn/Húsavík-Reykjavik
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Transportation to/from start and finish area
  • Celebration dinner incl. transportation
  • Exclusive Iceland Volcano Marathon re-useable water bottle

Exclusions

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned under "Inclusions"

Race Entry

Marathon or Half Marathon - EUR 275

Race entry includes:

  • English-speaking race officials
  • English-speaking medical team from Denmark and Iceland
  • Timing and results
  • Medal
  • Exclusive Iceland Volcano Marathon T-shirt
  • Manned water and supply stations along the route
  • Collapsable cup for hydration

Important Info

We've put together a list of important information about travel in Iceland. Have a look below.

Details on the way

Here we will put down all the practical information you need to know about your trip to Iceland.

Additionally, all you need to know about the race itself will soon be available under a Race Info page. We can, however, reveal that there'll be both a marathon and a half marathon, and the routes are simply stunning!

Reykjavik City Card

Whether you have just the one nights stay in Reykjavik or book a pre-night for more time in the capital we suggest that you consider buying the Reykjavik City Card. With the card in hand you get free entry to several of the city's museums and galleries, free use of the public bus transportation, discounts on restuarants and much more. For full details and to pre.purchase your City Card please visit the Visit Reykjavik website.

Room options

If you are a single traveller and choose a shared double room when booking, we will pair you with another traveller of the same gender. If you prefer to have your own room, choose single room. A single room supplement will apply.

Payment

Please note that if you register more than 75 days prior to departure, you will be charged an initial 25% of the total price and the remaining 75% will be deducted from your credit card 75 days prior to departure. If you register less than 75 days to departure, the full amount will be charged.

Take notice than when booking online you accept that we, via ePay, can withdraw the full amount automatically from your credit card. For this reason, when you reach the Check-out and Payment steps, it looks as the full amount is credited right away, but we will only withdraw the 25% deposit unless your booking is placed less than 75 days before the tour starts.

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