Wander with us for 8 days to Iceland for the summer solstice, where you can run a midnight marathon and visit the best of Northern & Southern Iceland. June is a terrific month to go to Iceland, the weather is nice, the lupines are blooming and the sun never sets.
The trip begins in the northern city of Akureyri, before heading further north into whale watching country of Húsavík then onward to Iceland’s famed Diamond Circle. The area is also home to the amazing and beautiful Lake Myvatn which is full of hiking trails, volcanoes, waterfalls and steaming valleys.
We complete the trip in Reykjavik for the midnight marathon and exploration of Iceland’s most famous region the Golden Circle. This area is famous for the sheer amount of natural wonders only a 45 minute drive from Reykjavik. Our plan is to spend the day and see waterfalls, geysers, craters and geothermal pools plus enjoy lunch in a working greenhouse.
On Thursday, June 25th, the Midnight Sun Iceland Marathon will be held to all those interested runners. For anyone not participating, guess what? You can go to sleep or cheer our runners on.
During this time, Reykjavik is also hosting its annual Secret Summer Solstice concert, it’s the world’s only rave in a glacier cave!Got a ? –> Give Us a Shout
We start in Akureyri, Iceland’s 2nd largest city. This city is missed by many on their 1st trip to Iceland. It is hidden in the North among Iceland’s ski slopes and best whale watching. The city is compact, charming and a great introduction to this marvelous country. We will use this city as our home base for a couple nights as we head north to Húsavík, for some epic whale watching and the Diamond Circle, the Golden Circle’s less visited but equally impressive sister.
The Diamond Circle area encompasses 160 square miles and is the north’s answer the the south’s Golden Circle. It has a wealth of natural sights to take in such as the waterfall of the Gods, the best whale watching in the world and an island full of puffins.
Lake Myvatn (pr: mee-vatn) is another spectacular area only an hour drive from Akureyri. We are staying in the heart of this area for 2 nights. This puts us in the center of action and primed for a laundry list of things to do and see such as volcano hikes, visits to lava caves and a large geothermal field with boiling mud pots and steam vents. We are also going to relax in its local nature bath, which affords incredible views of the valley.
Join crazy other runners who are embarking on a marathon that starts at midnight. Make no mistake, it will feel like dawn when the race begins. The city will be quieter and all the ‘normals‘ are asleep for the night. This is our first trip for the Midnight Sun Marathon and we are so excited for it. The marathon is on Thursday, June 25th and is in no way REQUIRED to come on this trip.
On Friday, we are spending the entire day in one of the most well trodden paths of Iceland, the Golden Circle. It is only a 45 minute drive from Reykjavik and there are so many ‘must sees’: Thingvellir, Gullfoss waterfall & Strokkur geyser.
We will weave throughout this beautiful landscape and seek out a unique greenhouse that serves homemade tomato soup for lunch. This will
On our last day, we are sending you off in style with a long, relaxing soak in Iceland’s most famous thermal pool, the Blue Lagoon. These magical waters are only 15 minutes from the airport, so it makes a perfect way to complete your stay in Iceland.
We recommend booking your return flight after 12 pm on Monday in order to participate in this excursion. There is also an option for an extra day in Reykjavik, which includes hotel, breakfast and Flybus transportation back to the airport.
Megan is your guide for this trip. She has been to Iceland over 14 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 $3775 for each wanderer sharing a room. Single occupancy is $1000 extra.
This Midnight Marathon & Adventure Tour of Iceland 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.
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.
Yes, believe it or not, June has near 24 hours of light.
Yes. This trip concludes on Monday, June 29 but you have the option to stay another day in Iceland. However, due to another tour date, we will not be able to personally take you back to the airport but can arrange Flybus transportation for you.
No, because of the amount of light, the Aurora Borealis is not visible. The best months for viewing are late September to March.
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 bring an empty water bottle for your trip.
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 is an Icelandic based airlines and is one of your better options going to Iceland. They depart from NYC and Boston.
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.