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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 trip starts as we embark on a 6 day drive around the country exploring Akureyri, Lake Myvatn, the eastern fjords, Jökulsárlón glacier, the black sand beaches of Vik and all of the marvels of southern Iceland. There are also miles of hiking trails, hot rivers, waterfalls and secrets spots tucked away that we will encounter on the way. The trip promises to be a feast for the eyes and will satiate your soul.
The Iceland Marathon is set for August 18, 2018 and will be at the end of the trip followed by a relaxing day at the Blue Lagoon to saok your tired muscles.
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.
Akureyri is a charming city in northern Iceland and is a jumping off point for the famous Lake Myvatn region. From Akureyri, 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 sit in its waters and forget about all our worries.
From the area around Lake Myvatn, we drive towards the famous East Fjords. The drive is spectacular passing idyllic fishing where 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 is the only place in Iceland where road signs are written in french.
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 and will be a lot of fun.
A major highlight will also be the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, a naturally occuring wonder from melted glacial water coming off the glacier. It gets bigger each year, as big blocks of ice crumble from the ever decreasing glacier into the lagoon.
Southern Iceland is packed with so many sights, it’s hard to see them all in a day. 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), Iceland’s oldest public bath, [insert name], and a couple waterfalls: Skogafoss & Seljanfoss??.
There is also a fantastic hike to a heated river not far from the city of Selfoss.
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, Gulfoss & Geyser.
We will weave our way 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. The
Golden Circle Highlights
The capital city and heart of all things cool, hip, modern and fashionable. We saved Reykjavik until the end of our trip so we can spend a couple days exploring and of course running the marathon. 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. We will also check out a local food tour and discover some of Reykjvik’s best haunts.
The final crown jewel of this trip is a soak in the famous Blue Lagoon. The geothermal spas healing waters will relax your tired muscles and boost your spirits.This is the perfect activity for the day after our runs.
Price of this trip is $3200 for each runner sharing a 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.
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Subject to Change. 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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