Wander with other runners on a 8 day Iceland marathon trip adventure that pits the raw beauty of Northern Iceland against the well trodden sights of Southern Iceland culminating with the Reykjavik Marathon.
The trip starts in Iceland’s 2nd largest city, Akureyri, where we spend a couple days whale watching and exploring the Lake Myvatn area before flying back to Reykjavik for waterfalls, hiking trails and secrets spots in the Golden Circle and finally, our last couple days of the trip are in Reykjavik for the marathon and the Blue Lagoon.
The Iceland Marathon is slated for Saturday, August 22, 2020. This trip is Sunday to Sunday with the marathon occurring on the Saturday before departure. There is the option to add an extra day in Reykjavik at the beginning of this trip.
Big Fat World Tours is happy to partner with Girls on the Run and will donate $100 per wanderer from this Iceland marathon 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.
Welcome to Iceland! Our 1st stop is Reykjanes Peninsula. Reykjanes is 10 minutes from the airport and contains some pretty interesting sights such as a bridge over the continental divide and your 1st Icelandic lighthouse.
After exploring this area, we are driving to Reykjavik for your 1st introduction to Nordic fare and some time to explore before our 45 minute flight north to Akureyri. Akureyri is a small and compact town and easily navigated on foot.
We have some time here to explore before our drive to Húsavík.
Akureyri and the surrounding area is in the Diamond Circle, an area rich in nature sights.
After a hearty breakfast, we are headed to Húsavík. Húsavík is roughly an hour-drive away from Akureyri and it’s perfect weather conditions for whale watching have put this hamlet on the map as the whale watching capital of Iceland and some say the world.
After lunch, all wanderers have the rest of afternoon to themselves.
Unlike anything you’ve seen before, the Lake Myvatn area isn’t a place of trees and glaciers, it’s truly the remnants of geothermal activity and volcanic eruption, that make up the ‘heat’ element that is so important in the land of ice and fire! The terrain is extremely varied from austere valleys to calderas and a myriad of hiking trails. This is a fun area to explore for a couple days. These will be a couple of active days with plenty of walking followed by a trip to their local pool, Myvatn Nature Bath.
There is a laundry list of things to do and see:
Day 5 – Fly Back to Reykjavik
After 4 days in the north it’s time to return back to the capital city. We have a mini food tour planned for the group in the afternoon. It’s a chance to have a famous Icelandic hot dog, taste some local craft beer & lobster soup and finish it off with rye ice cream (trust me, you’ll love it).
The tour ends at the Hallgrimskirkja church, where you can take an elevator up to its top for some stellar views of the city. The church is just off of fashionable Skólavörðustígur street, great for shopping. Another terrific street to check out is Laugavegur, it’s like Reykjavik’s main street and is often closed to traffic, perfect for meandering.
The Golden Circle is perhaps one of the most well trodden paths of Iceland and only a 45 minute drive from the city. There are three main ‘must sees’ in the region: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall (photo) & Strokkur geysir.
We will weave throughout this beautiful landscape and have lunch in a unique greenhouse that serves homemade tomato soup & fresh baked bread. It will be a great day of walking and relaxing and, time willing, we will complete the day with a nice soak at Laugarvatn Fontana thermal pool.
Day 7 – Reykjavik Marathon
For all runners participating, you will join 17,000 others throughout the streets of Reykjavik in a 10k, half or full marathon. This is our 3rd trip 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.
All non-runners have the day to enjoy on their own. If you wish to leave Reykjavik, there are many day tours like horseback riding, glacier hiking and snorkeling tours that we can help set up for you.
On your last day in Iceland, we want to make it special with a trip to the famous Blue Lagoon. The spa is located in a lava field near Grindavík, only 15 minutes from the airport. The water in the Blue Lagoon comes from the nearby geothermal power station and its people rave about its skin-nourishing clay (photo).
Runners will be especially happy as the waters will soothe tired muscles.
We will stay here about 2 hours in the morning, so its important that wanderers who want to participate should make their return flights after 1pm.
Price of this trip is $3500 for each wanderer sharing a room. Please ask about couple pricing. There is a single supplement of $1000 per wanderer.
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: A 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.
Trip Costs: This trip must be paid in full prior to 4 months start of trip. If trip fees are not paid within this time frame, 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.
Do I have to run to go a marathon to go on this trip? 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.
Why is alcohol so expensive in Iceland? 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.
Can I drink the water in Iceland? 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.
Why does the hot water smell like sulfur? 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.
Why is alcohol not included in the trip price? 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.
What should I wear in Iceland? 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. —> read more
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, we recommend thick soles hiking boots. 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.
How much does a flight to Iceland cost? Flights can vary from $400 to $800 depending on the airline and the time of year you fly. Icelandair is an Iceland based airlines. Icelandic Air is similar to our American Airlines. Of course, there are other airlines that fly to Iceland so please check all available options before booking.
Is Iceland safe? 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.