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Iceland Volcano Marathon Weekend 2022 - Prices from £1559.00pp

Iceland Volcano Marathon Weekend 2022

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Join this epic race in one of Earth’s geological hotspots.

Set near Lake Mývatn, at the divergent boundaries of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, the Iceland Volcano Marathon route will be run directly in the North Volcanic Zone. It’s a hot bed of geothermal activity with geysers, hot springs, and lava rock – what’s more, the volcanic zone is still very much active.

With the massive Hverfjall crater as the focus of the route, runners will pass through soft, black volcanic sand as they run the rim of the crater, as well as pass through the ethereal lava fields known as Dimmuborgir, or "Dark Fortress," and under a wild natural arch. The route traverses single-track trail, plains of lava lock, and several minor volcano craters.  

Runners can choose between marathon, half marathon or quarter marathon.

For international runners, entry is in combination with a package offering one night in Reykjavík and four nights in Mývatn/Húsavík, giving you ample opportunity to explore this otherworldly landscape - you can visit Europe’s largest waterfall, embark on a whale safari, hike through the castle-like lava formations of Dimmuborgir, and relax in an geothermally heated lagoon.

Inclusions:

• 1 night accommodation in Reykjavik

• 4 nights’ accommodation in Mývatn or Húsavík 

• Transportation Reykjavik-Mývatn/Húsavík and return

• Meals according to itinerary

• Celebration dinner including transportation 

• Exclusive Island Volcano Marathon reusable water bottle

Also Available:

• Race entry – Prices and options below

• Additional tours and excursions listed below

Event Entries:

• Marathon or half-marathon - £240

• Quarter-marathon - £130

Race entry includes:

• English-speaking race officials

• Medical team

• Time keeping and results

• Manned water and supply stations along the route 

• Start number and medal

• Collapsible cup for hydration

Extensions and Excursions:

• 5-7th September – The Golden Circle 

• 12-16th September – East Iceland Highlights

• 10th September - Geothermal Nature Baths

• 11th September – Whale Safari

For more information regarding excursions, please contact us.

Your Itinerary

07 Sep 2022: Welcome to Iceland

Arrival at Keflavík 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.

We offer participants the opportunity to book a running sightseeing tour through the beautiful city of Reykjavík. Our local running guide will take us on an 8km tour through the capital, and we'll stop along the way at the most famous and interesting sights. Please see Package Add-ons for more details.

Take this opportunity to discover the world's northernmost capital city at your own speed!

Meals: Not included

08 September 2022: 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 goodie bags 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 

09 September 2022: Mývatn Route Highlights

On todays tour you will visit some of the places that are 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 which erupted 2500 years ago in the southern part of the Krafla fissure swarm. The crater is approximately 1 km in diameter.

Hverir solfataras (boiling sulphur mud pits) at Námaskarð, 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 change to fill this gap! But please - mind your steps!

And finally - we visit the steaming grounds in 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 a bread baked in the nature‘s oven heated by the geothermal heat from our geysers.

Meals: Breakfast and pasta dinner. 

10 September 2022: 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 (52 degrees Fahrenheit) and rain is not uncommon during the north Icelandic late 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.

After dinner at your hotel you have the chance to join our optional excursion to Jardbödin Nature Baths in Mývatn or GeoSea Húsavík. The perfect way to give your muscles a treat and take a soak in the restorative natural waters. 

Or mayby join our optional excursion to explore the Lofthellir Ice Cave, a lava tunnel filled with permafrost ice.

Meals: Breakfast and BBQ lunch included 

11 September 2022: 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 meet to celebrate yesterday’s achievements with a festive dinner.

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

12 September 2022: Farewell Iceland or Hello Extension

After an early breakfast, we will board shuttle busses that will drive us through Reykjavík to Keflavik International Airport (KEF). 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? 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. Read more about your options below or here. If you have booked a post-night or an extension, the bus will drop you off in Reykjavík.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch box included.

*If your return flight is on the 12th Sep, you should not book a flight earlier than 16:30.

Need to Know

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Disclaimer

Albatros Adventure Marathons reserve the right to change the itinerary and/or running course without further notice in the event of extreme weather.

By signing up for this event you agree to the Terms & Conditions.

On Request bookings

This booking is on request. Request Bookings will confirm that you have accepted our Booking Conditions.  Your booking is not however, guaranteed until our partner company confirms availability. Please expect confirmation of place within 1-3 days of making your booking. Your card payment details will still be required for the deposit to secure your space, though please be advised this information will be held securely, and the card will only be debited upon confirmation of booking. 

Visa

Please note that it is each traveler’s responsibility to check visa and passport requirements and ensure that they comply. Obtaining a passport and, if required, a visa, is solely the responsibility of each traveler. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after returning from your destination. 

If you hold a passport with a visa requirement to enter the Schengen, you must apply for a visa to visit Iceland. Please contact your local embassy for further details. Please be aware that the processing of visa may take several weeks. 

Room options

If you are a solo 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 supplement will apply.

Flight times

Unless you're extending your stay, the tour will end on the 12th of September at Keflavík Airport. Busses that morning will bring participants from their hotels in Mývatn and Húsavík to the airport with an expected arrival at 14:00 in the afternoon.

If your return flight is on 12 Sep, you should not book a flight earlier than 16:30.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is an essential part of any holiday you take, and we highly recommend that you purchase suitable insurance for your trip.

Location

Known as "The Land of Ice and Fire," Iceland offers cold and heat in equal measures. Both the people and the landscapes have been shaped by the natural forces at play, including tectonic plate movements, volcanic eruptions, and shifting glaciers. Their Nordic roots are evident throughout Iceland's history and development, and perhaps are even more distinct in the vibrant, thriving cultural scene one finds today.

Hotel Options

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  • Iceland Comfort Húsavík Hotel Package

    Rauðarárstígur 18 105 Reykjavík Iceland

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    Fosshotel Lind Reykjavik & Fosshotel Húsavík (Standard Room)

    This package is perfect if you are interested in going whale watching, like staying in a central location and wish to and wish to experience the luxury of sitting in a hot spa at “the edge of the world”.

    The first night and any pre or post night bookings will be at the Fosshotel Lind in Reykjavik, which is comfortably located in the city center of Reykjavik, near the main shopping area, Laugavegur. You will find numerous cafes, restaurants, museums and shops right at your doorstep. Klambratún, one of the city’s largest parks, is a 5-minute walk away. You will stay in a standard rooms, which are modern and spacious. 

    Within walking distance from the harbor of Húsavík your next hotel is the perfect base for those who love the sea, boats, and whales. It is not without reason that Húsavík is called the “Whale Watching Capital of Europe” as the harbor provides easy access to the whale filled waters of the Greenland Sea during summer. If not on the sea looking for whales, stroll around and explore the towns restaurants, shops and museums, or take a relaxing dip in the geothermal spa sitting right on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea and islands of Flatey and Grimsey.

    Participants staying in Húsavík will be provided with transport to Mývatn on race day, with a driving time of approximately 1 hour.

     

    Key Features:

    • WiFi
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • City Centre Location
  • Iceland Comfort + Húsavík Hotel Package

    Raudararstigur 18 101 Reykjavík Iceland

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    Fosshotel Lind Reykjavik & Fosshotel Húsavík (Deluxe Room)

    This package is perfect if you are interested in going whale watching, like staying in a central location and wish to and wish to experience the luxury of sitting in a hot spa at “the edge of the world” but would like the added benefit of a more spacious room with a view. 

    The first night and any pre or post night bookings will be at the Fosshotel Lind in Reykjavik, which is comfortably located in the city center of Reykjavik, near the main shopping area, Laugavegur. You will find numerous cafes, restaurants, museums and shops right at your doorstep. Klambratún, one of the city’s largest parks, is a 5-minute walk away. You will stay in a deluxe room, which offer great views and plenty of space. 

    Within walking distance from the harbor of Húsavík your next hotel is the perfect base for those who love the sea, boats, and whales. It is not without reason that Húsavík is called the “Whale Watching Capital of Europe” as the harbor provides easy access to the whale filled waters of the Greenland Sea during summer. If not on the sea looking for whales, stroll around and explore the towns restaurants, shops and museums, or take a relaxing dip in the geothermal spa sitting right on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea and islands of Flatey and Grimsey.

    Participants staying in Húsavík will be provided with transport to Mývatn on race day, with a driving time of approximately 1 hour.

     

    Key Features:

    • WiFi
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • City Centre Location
  • Iceland Comfort Mývatn Hotel Package

    Rauðarárstígur 37 105 Reykjavík Iceland

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    Fosshotel Raudara Reykjavik & Vogafjós Farm Resort Mývatn

    This package is perfect if you want to stay in a traditional log house within close distance to the race finish line.

    The first night and any pre or post night bookings will be at the Fosshotel Raudara in Reykjavik, which is in central Reykjavik. The hotel is less than a 5-minute walk away from the famous shopping street of Laugavegur and the peaceful city park, Klambratún. It is the perfect location for those who want to explore the city as the magnificent Hallgrímskirkja church is only 1km away. Rooms are simple but provide for a good night’s sleep.

    Vogafjós Guesthouse is a family run guesthouse, warm and cosy, built in 2005. The guesthouse consists of two loghouses with ten rooms each and one loghouse with family rooms and smaller double rooms, all with private bathrooms. The rooms are well furnished. They are designed to let the guests feel relaxed while enjoying the unique natural environment Mývatn offers. From the Vogafjós Farm Restaurant you can see the Cows being milked every morning and afternoon, the restaurant is also famous for it’s geysir bread!

    Key Features:

    • WiFi
    • Bar
    • On-site Parking
  • Iceland Deluxe 1 Hotel Package

    Nauthólsvegur 52 101 Reykjavík Iceland

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    Icelandair Hotel Natura Reykjavik & Icelandair Hotel Mývatn

    This package is perfect if you want a deluxe hotel experience, enjoy fine dining, and wish to be close to the race start and finish. 

    The first night and any pre or post night bookings will be at the Icelandair Hotel Natura in Reykjavik, which is by the domestic Reykjavik Airport and less than 30 minutes’ walk away from both the city center and the Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach. Running and walking trails are easily accessible in the Öskjuhlid Hill park that also is the home to the fascinating Perlan museum where visitors can see, feel and live the natural wonders of Iceland in one place. Rooms are spacious and light and offer all the amenities one would expect from a 4-star hotel.

    Widely considered the top-choice hotel when combining location and quality, totally renovated and refurbished, the Icelandair hotel in Mývatn, your second stop, re-opened in July 2018 and not only has luxurious and comfortable rooms, but also cutting-edge interior design and top-level dining. A real treat to put it simply. 

     

    Key Features:

    • WiFi
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Wellness Area
  • Iceland Deluxe 2 Hotel Package

    Nauthólsvegur 52 101 Reykjavík Iceland

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    Icelandair Hotel Natura Reykjavik & Fosshotel Mývatn

    This package is perfect if you want nice, luxurious rooms and dining with a view. 

    The first night and any pre or post night bookings will be at the Icelandair Hotel Natura in Reykjavik, which is by the domestic Reykjavik Airport and less than 30 minutes’ walk away from both the city center and the Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach. Running and walking trails are easily accessible in the Öskjuhlid Hill park that also is the home to the fascinating Perlan museum where visitors can see, feel and live the natural wonders of Iceland in one place. Rooms are spacious and light and offer all the amenities one would expect from a 4-star hotel.

    Next up is the Fosshotel Mývatn. The hotel is built almost entirely with low-environmental impact materials. Located a few kilometers north of the village of Reykjahlid the hotel overlooks Lake Mývatn from the north-east and provides stunning views from the bar and restaurant, as well as from the Lake View rooms. A modern, luxurious hotel less than 10 kilometers away from the start and finish area. Return transfers from the hotel are included. The hotel offers bike rental for an additional charge if you’re keen to explore the area on two wheels.

     

    Key Features:

    • WiFi
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Wellness Area
  • Iceland Economy Level Hotel Package

    Sidumula 19 Reykjavík Iceland 108

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    Hotel Arctic Reykjavik & Eldá Guesthouse Mývatn

    This economy package is perfect if you are on a budget, keen on socializing (the common dining room is good for mingling) and would like the possibility of walking back from the finish line. 

    The first night and any pre or post night bookings will be at the Hotel Arctic in Reykjavik, which is in the eastern part of Reykjavik and offers basic, clean rooms. The city center can be reached by public transportation. Several bus lines stop a short walk from the hotel and the ride takes 10-15 minutes. Restaurants, shopping and the recreational area of Laugardalur are within walking distance from the hotel.

    Once in Mývatn you’ll stay at Eldá Guesthouse, located centrally in the village of Reykjahlid. This cozy guesthouse is only a few kilometers from the start and finish area as well as the Jardbödin Nature Baths. Rooms are basic, but clean and comfortable, and toilets and showers are on shared basis in the hallway. A breakfast buffet is served in the common dining area. The kitchen is open for guests and allows you to cook your own meals for lunch and dinner. There is a supermarket 300 meters from the guesthouse.

     

    Key Features:

    • WiFi
    • On-site Parking
  • Iceland Standard Level Hotel Package

    Borgartún 32 Reykjavík Iceland 105

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    Cabin Hotel Reykjavik & SEL Hotel Mývatn

    This standard package is perfect if you want hotels with personality and wish to be close to pseudo craters and lake shores in Mývatn.

    The first night and any pre or post night bookings will be at the Hotel Cabin in Reykjavik, which is overlooking the bay, a great place to go explore the scenic Sculpture & Shore Walk path into the city center. The Hallgrímskirkja church located 2 kilometers from the hotel is also within walking distance. Bus line 12 stops 100 meters down the road and takes passengers to the city centre in 10 minutes. Rooms are simple and relatively small and doesn’t cater for much more than a good night’s sleep.

    You will stay in a standard room at Hotel Cabin when booking accommodation package B or C. Your second stop is SEL Hotel, a family run hotel with a cozy, friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Located south of Lake Mývatn in the small village of Skútustadir, this hotel is the perfect spot to explore the fascinating pseudo-craters that can be reached just by crossing the road. The hotel rooms are nicely furnished and the restaurant serves fine-tasting home-cooked dishes and offers both buffet and a’la carte menu. Roughly 15 kilometers from the start and finish area, only a short transfer is needed on race day.

    Key Features:

    • WiFi
    • Bar
    • On-site Parking

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