Wander with other runners on a 9 day Iceland marathon trip adventure that encompasses the beauty of Southern Iceland culminating in a marathon in Reykjavik.
The trip starts in Reykjavik and heads east to the black sand beaches of Vik and onward to the famous glacier lake of Jökulsárlón then weaves back towards Reykjavik visiting a multitude of waterfalls, hiking trails and secrets spots along the way.
The Iceland Marathon is set for Saturday, August 24, 2019. This trip is Saturday to Sunday with the marathon occurring on the Saturday before we leave. We will also have a massage therapist who specializes in athletes, performing post race massages.
Big Fat World Tours is happy to partner with Girls on the Run and will donate 5% of the trip proceeds from this Iceland adventure trip. Girls on the Run is a group dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
Join 17,000 other runners through streets of Reykjavik in a 10k, half or full marathon. This is the 3rd time we have gone to the Reykjavik marathon. The run is very well organized and lively. Race day also coincides with Reykjavik culture day and the city will be a 24 hour block party from street corner raves to a free open air concert.
The golden circle is perhaps one of the most well trodden paths of Southwest Iceland. There are three main ‘must sees’ in this region: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall & Strokkur geysir.
We will weave throughout this beautiful landscape and seek out a unique greenhouse that serves homemade tomato soup for lunch. It will be a great day of walking and relaxing as we will finish the day with a nice soak in a local thermal pool.
Megan is your guide for this trip. She has been to Iceland over 10 times. She ran her first 10k in 2016 and a half marathon in 2018. She wandered in Iceland 6 times in 2018 alone. She knows where to eat in Reykjavik, what waterfalls to see (there are hundreds), the best city pools and the most interesting hiking trails.
Price of this trip is $3500 for each wanderer sharing a room. Single occupancy is $4200.
This Iceland Marathon Trip is designed for active wanderers. There will be running and hiking along Iceland’s varied terrain. If you have questions about physical specifics of this trip, please contact us. Trip prices are based on accommodation (4 star hotels) and a American tour guide for duration of the trip. All trips will have an orientation (in person if geography suffices) for all guests approximately 4 weeks before departure.
Deposit Requirement: 10% deposit is required immediately with each booking request. A booking cannot be guaranteed without a deposit.
Deposits can be paid by check, Venmo or credit card. All credit cards are processed through Stripe. There is 2% a discount for payments made by Venmo or check.
Trip Costs: This trip must be paid in full prior to 4 months start of trip. If trip fees are not paid within this timeframe, trip deposits will be forfeited.
Refund Policy: There is a 10% non-refundable fee per person on all received cancellation requests, regardless of the period when the cancellation is submitted. This trip is only 50% refundable if the request is made prior to 4 months. If cancellation request is made after, no refund will be issued. This is due to the strict booking policies for desired hotels.
We apologize for any inconvenience of this policy. You can however, transfer your reservation to another willing participant in the event you need to cancel. Just notify us if this is the case.
Tour Cancellations: Big Fat World Tours reserves the right to cancel any trip for any reason and will notify each guest as soon as possible. All deposits and monies paid will be refunded 100% in such an event.
These policies are strictly enforced due to logistical partners in country and reservations made with local hotels and providers.
No, this trip is for anyone who wants to go to Iceland and is athletic, running is not required. Although, training for the Reykjavik 5 or 10k can be a rewarding experience and should be considered.
Due to high taxes (50%), it’s very expensive to drink in Iceland. Here are some average alcohol prices:
It is recommended for wanderers to buy alcohol they want to consume at the airport duty free shop where prices are 50% cheaper. Iceland and Reykjavik in particular also have a very robust happy hour, where drinks are usually 1/2 off from 4-8 at most restaurants.
Tap water is safe to drink in Iceland and it has some of the cleanest water in the world. Icelanders look at foreigners strangely because of our proclivity to purchase bottled water. Please an empty water bottle for your trip there.
This is because the hot and cold water come from two different sources. It is true that the hot water sometimes smells of sulfur, which is due to the geothermal origins of the hot water, making it excellent for bathing, but not drinking.
Once you run the water on the cold setting for a minute, the smell dissipates.
Alcohol is very expensive in Iceland, more so than most other places in the world. For the reason that a beer can cost up to $8 a pint and wine $12+, a night of drinking could end up 1/2 the cost of the trip. For that reason, we have to exclude alcohol from the all-inclusive nature of the tour. But, that is why duty free exists and I encourage all wanderers to grab a bottle or 2 of your favorite spirit before we leave the airport. Plus, we have the inside scoop on all the happy hour spots in Reykjavik.
Temperatures in the summer months are cool, rainy, sunny & windy. Expect weather from the mid 50’s to high 60’s. Bring layers, long sleeves and a light jacket. We also recommend a waterproof shell in case of a rainy day. Tennis shoes and other walking shoes will be fine and flip flops for use at any thermal pools are recommended.
Temperatures in the winter months are cold & rainy. Expect weather from the mid 20’s t0 low 30’s. Bring layers, long sleeve, long johns, and a heavy, waterproof jacket. A hat that covers your ears & a scarf are also recommended. The ground is generally frozen, so shoes like hiking boots with a thick sole are also recommended. Wearing tennis shoes or other thin soled shoes will not protect your feet from the cold – BFW learned this the hard way.
Iceland is famous for it wool products so you can always buy clothing there to meet your needs, just know this is on the pricier side as wool coats can cost anywhere from $125 to $300. They do make great souvenirs.
Flights can vary from $400 to $800 depending on the airline and the time of year you fly. Icelandair and Wow Airlines are 2 Iceland based airlines. Icelandic Air is similar to our American Airlines while Wow Air is closer to a Southwest, more budget focused.
Of course, there are other airlines that fly to Iceland so please check all available options before booking.
Yes, Iceland is considered to be a safe country but like any place, please take precautions when going. Keep valuables locked up and have copies of your passport and credit cards in case of theft.
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