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Come spend 8 days in Iceland and run the Reykjavik marathon. This is a trip that combines seeing the country with achieving a bucket list item of running a marathon in another country. The Iceland Marathon is set for August 18, 2018 and we have a several days of exploring planned to get acquainted with Iceland including trips to the northern city of Akureyri, Lake Myvatn, the Eastern Fjords, volcanoes, the black sand beaches of Vik before arriving in Reykjavik and seeing the Golden Circle. The marathon is scheduled for the Saturday before we leave and Reykjavik will be a full on party. Finally, our departure day doubles as our recovery day with a trip to the world famous Blue Lagoon.
This trip will feature a massage therapist, Becca Bazzle from Essential Therapy, who will be giving pre and post race massages for all runners. This trip is open to runners and non-runners.
Big Fat World Tours is happy to partner with Girls on the Run and will donate 5% of the trip proceeds from this Iceland marathon trip will go to them. 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.
The capital city and heart of all things cool, hip, modern and fashionable. We have our arrival day and a couple days at the end of the trip explore Reykjavik. The city is extremely walkable and the sheer amount of restaurants and cafes will keep us occupied and fed while the best shopping will be along mod Langavegur street. Keep your eyes peeled for some of Reykjavik’s amazing street art, which is in abundance along city buildings.
Today is a hard day for most travelers as flights to Iceland tend to arrive before 6am. We will have several hours to grab breakfast at one of my favorite places, The Kex, and walk around Reykjavik, possibly try a world famous hotdog before hotel check-in at 2pm.
After check-in and once everyone gets a quick nap, we will meet up for a dinner at one of my favorite Icelandic restaurants that serves the most amazing reindeer burger.
Today, we are leaving Reykjavik behind and heading north to Akureyri. This is a charming and much smaller city in Iceland and it’s only 90 minutes from the famous Lake Myvatn. We are heading North to see a part of Iceland that many do not get to encounter. This will be a super long day we we need to catch a flight Akureyri where we will drive along the coast of Eyjafjordur fjord, across the mountain pass Vikurskard to the valley of Fnjoskadalur, then to a waterfall called Godafoss and onward to Lake Myvatn, we explore the regular shaped pseudo craters formed in a volcanic eruption approximately 2300 years ago.
Mývatn (pronounced mee-vaht) lake and the surrounding area are starkly beautiful, an alien terrain of mudpots, lava formations, steaming fumaroles and volcanic craters, set around a bird-filled lake. It also is home to a thermal bath where we will finish the day.
From the area around Lake Myvatn, we drive towards the famous East Fjords. The drive is spectacular passing idyllic fishing villages. Our final destination is Fáskrúðsfjörður. From the latter part of the 19th century until 1935, the town was the main hub for French fishermen in the east of Iceland. The town is famous for its French heritage and has a strong connection to its French counterpart, Gravelines. It is worthwhile to visit the French Museum and learn more about these historical connections. The village road signs are also in French.
Today gets more interesting with a hiking trip to Skaftafell Glacier Lagoon, one of Iceland’s most spectacular natural attractions.
Skaftafell is considered a hiker’s paradise. The geographical and natural diversity makes Skaftafell an ideal place for trekking and exploring. The highlight of these treks is the one that leads you to Svartifoss or “black waterfall”. It’s undoubtedly one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland with black hexagonal basalt columns surrounding the 20m tall waterfall. And it’s just over a mile from the visitor center.
Along with the black waterfall, we have a chance to see Sjónarnípa. It’s a viewpoint that displays the mighty Skaftafell glacier and the surrounding mountains. All in all, this is hike of a couple hours
Today will involve a lot of driving as we make our way west towards Reykjavik. Not to worry, it’s one heck of a drive. Not only do we pass the famous black beaches of Vik, we also go by Europe’s largest active volcano Eyjafjallajökull (say that 3 times fast) towards Skogafoss waterfall (one of the tallest)Reykjavik.
Our plan is to drive all day and spend the night back in Reykjavik. There will be lots of stopping and depending on time, the chance to hike to a secret heated river in Selfoss.
Today is perhaps one of the most well trodden paths of Southwest Iceland, the Golden Circle. There are three main ‘must sees’ in this region: Thingvellir National park, Gulfoss & Geyser.
We will weave our way throughout this beautiful landscape. 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. The Golden Circle sights are only an hour from Reykjavik and we will return in late afternoon to prepare for next day’s run.
Hope you are stretched & ready. The marathon starts in the morning and will cover spots all over Reykjavik. Becca Bazzle will be giving pre race massages for those running and for anyone not running, we will explore the city a little more. It’s going to be a big party in Reykjavik.
After you finish, we have the entire day afternoon to explore and relax. The city will be full of people and most of the streets will be closed to traffic. The race also provides day passes to the Reykjavik city thermal pool so you can enjoy an afternoon soak.
Once rested, we are going out on the town, Reykjavik turns into a block party during this race. There will be raves, live music, street performers and all manners of entertainment about.
Today is the last day in Iceland and your recovery day from the marathon and the partying from the night before.
Midmorning we will head to one of the most famous spot in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon. It’s about 20 minutes from the airport and the geothermal spa’s healing waters will relax your tired muscles and boost your spirits. We will stay here until 2 hours before flights start leaving. The Blue Lagoon has waterfalls, steam rooms and saunas for use. The facilities are quite large with a very nice restaurant and more simplier snackbar.
Price of this trip is $2750 for each runner sharing a room and $3500 for runners who want their own private room.
This Iceland Marathon Trip is designed for active runners/wanderers. There will be lots of walking. If you have questions about physical specifics of this trip, please contact me. Trip prices are based on accommodation (3-4 star hotels/guest houses) and a personal American tour guide for duration of the trip. All trips will have an orientation (in person if geography suffices) or Skype if it doesn’t, for all guests approximately 4 weeks before departure. Emails and phone numbers of other trip group members will be exchanged with consent.
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Subject to Change. This Iceland trip is subject to cancellation if we do not secure 10 runners/wanderers. If we cancel this trip for any reason, all monies (including deposits) will be refunded. Please note, that some parts of the trip may be altered to account for holidays, closed venues and weather related events.
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.
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 before May 1, 2018. If cancellation request is made after, no refund will be issued. This is due to the strict booking policies for desired hotels in Reykjavik.
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.
Megan has been to Iceland more times than she has fingers. She ran her first 10k there in 2016, has enjoyed several winters in the thermal pools and loves the food & street art scene in Reykjavik.
Becca is a licensed massage & bodywork therapist and owner of Essential Therapy. Sheis coming on the trip to offer massage therapy to all the runners. She went to Iceland with us in 2016 & is very excited to go back & eat rotten shark & run a 5k.
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