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Global Adventures

Iceland

8 days, 6 races, countless adventures

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Welcome to Iceland!

This all-inclusive running adventure will show you vast beauty of the Land of Fire and Ice!

Every day we will take you on a trail run through volcanic fields and hot springs and along sea cliffs. These races are designed to challenge you, with the reward of stunning views along the way (Don't worry, we often slow down to take it all in). At the end, you'll earn a medal to celebrate!

The runs are topped off with daily lunches and afternoon activities to explore the best of this complex island.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa

Golden Circle tour

What's included

  • Comfortable accommodations
  • Transportation between activities
  • Daily 7-12K trail races
  • The cost of all included activities in the itinerary
  • Most meals and drinks*

*We plan for 1-2 afternoons/evenings when you'll be able to explore town and get food on your own. Ask our team for recommendations!

Also, SWAG!

Vacation Races always treats you right, but Global Adventures takes it up a notch.

Apart from the awesome medal you'll get at the end of the week, you'll also get some great high quality gear and souvenirs that you'll cherish for years to come.

Your only tasks?

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Booking is easy with just a refundable $500 deposit!

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Get covered

A COVID-19 vaccination is required and we recommend having travel insurance.

  • start your adventure

$4,200/per guest

only a $500 deposit due now!


100% refundable deposit

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Vacation Races always provides an incredible experience at our National Parks, but going Global was magical. The experience they provided in Iceland was just incredible. It was grueling and some of the most demanding terrain I’ve ever experienced, but all of this challenged and changed me in the best possible way. 

Lindsey Freibert, 2021 Iceland Global Adventurer

Iceland Itinerary

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Adventure Overview

  • Day 1: Welcome
  • Day 2: Burfell Volcano
  • Day 3: Golden Circle
  • Day 4: Þórsmörk Volcano Huts 
  • Day 5: Skogafoss & Reynisfjara 
  • Day 6: Vik Sea Cliff
  • Day 7: Blue Lagoon
  • Day 8: Departure 

Day 1: Welcome to Reykjavik

You’ll arrive in Reykjavik by Saturday afternoon and either take a taxi or airport shuttle to the Hilton in Reykjavik for the first night. We’ll check you in and get everyone oriented for what to expect throughout the week, as well as its your first chance to meet your fellow adventurers! Dinner is included the first night.

  • Hotel Reykjavik Nordica
  • Reykjavik, Ireland

Arrival Details

Check-in: starts mid-afternoon

Airport: Reykjavik International


Day 2: Burfell Volcano

We’ll wake up, enjoy breakfast and then head straight to our first run of the week, which will give you a taste of what Iceland offers. Our run today takes you through a massive lava flow from the Burfell Volcano, culminating with a run around the rim of this (now dormant!) volcano.

After our run and lunch, you’ll have the afternoon to explore the city of Reykjavik. Go visit the Hallgrimskirkja cathedral, take a stroll through the shops along Laugavegur, and enjoy the friendly vibe of this European capital.

  • Volcano fields, explore Reykjavik
  • Hotel Reykjavik Nordica
  • Reykjavik, Iceland

Race Details

Distance: 9K point-to-point

Elevation Gain: 255 FT

Difficulty: Moderate


Day 3: Golden Circle

Our second full day in the country will be exploding with excitement- literally! After breakfast, we will head to our run, which is a relatively short run up to the hot river in the Reykjadalur Valley. You’ve seen hot springs before, but have you ever soaked in an entire hot river? After our soak, we’ll head back to the bus to continue our tour of the Golden Circle. The three main sights in the golden circle are Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir (the original geyser), and Þingvellir National Park, where you walk down the canyon where the North American and Eurasian continents meet!

  • Hot springs, Golden Circle tour
  • Hotel Stracta
  • Hella, Iceland

Race Details

Distance: 7.4K point-to-point

Elevation Gain: 700 FT

Difficulty: Moderate


Day 4: Þórsmörk Volcano Huts

We’ll wake up and board our 4x4 buses to head into the Icelandic hinterlands today! I promise you this will be the most exciting bus ride of your life as we traverse off road and forge several rivers on our way to the Þórsmörk Volcano Huts, where we'll stay for two nights.

Once we arrive, we’ll be off to our run/hike for the day which is perhaps the most spectacular of the week. Yes, this is a longer day, but we don’t expect anyone to go fast- just take your time and enjoy the views of the mountains, glaciers, and braided rivers all around! After our long hike, we’ll spend the afternoon enjoying the lodge to ourselves- relaxing in the sauna, playing Icelandic lawn games, or even sneaking a nap.

  • Mountain hike
  • Volcano Huts
  • Þórsmörk, Iceland

Race Details

Distance: 11.5K point-to-point

Elevation Gain: 617 FT

Difficulty: Moderate


Day 5: Skogafoss & Reynisfjara Beach

After a breakfast in the lodge, we’ll do one last run in Þórsmörk where you will be able to see more views of this incredible valley. We’ll then board the 4x4 buses and head back through the rivers, across the dirt roads, and take you back to the south coast, where we’ll continue on to the beautiful little costal town of Vik. On our way into town we’ll stop and visit the thundering Skogafoss Waterfall, where you can get as close and as wet as you like! We will then take you to see one of the most unique beaches you have ever seen- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Here the sand is made up of ground up lava and the cliffs are perfect octagonal columns of basalt. There are black sea stacks out in ocean and perfect cave where you can look out at the ocean and take it all in.

  • Waterfall visit, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Hotel Kria
  • Þórsmörk, Iceland

Race Details

Distance: 3.8K loop

Elevation Gain: 104 FT

Difficulty: Moderate


Day 6: Vik Sea Cliff

We’re getting closer to the end of the week and we’ve saved the best sea views for last. Today we’ll run from the town of Vik, up along the towering sea cliffs above the ocean, where were will finish our run and spend some time enjoying the views. You may want to spend all day there, but eventually we’ll need to get back down because we have more adventuring to do!

After lunch we’ll take you the Sólheimajökull Glacier, where we have guides ready to strap on some crampons, give you an ice axe, and take you hiking on this amazing glacier. Our guides are super knowledgeable and safety conscious- teaching all about glaciers as you explore.

  • Sólheimajökull Glacier Tour
  • Hotel Kria
  • Reykjavik, Iceland

Race Details

Distance: 9.6K out-and-back

Elevation Gain: 884 FT

Difficulty: Moderate


Day 7: Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa

Our last day and final run of the trip! After leaving Vik in the morning, we’ll drive up to Keflavik for lunch, followed by afternoon spent at the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa. But before you go into the healing blue waters of the spa, we get to run around the lagoon. Our course takes you across chunky lava fields, through bright blue ponds, and of course, through more 100 year old Icelandic moss than you’ve ever seen (but don’t touch it!).


After finishing our last run, we’ll take you into the spa, where you’ll have a few hours to just relax and enjoy the Blue Lagoon in all its glory. Give yourself a complimentary silica facial. Drink a few drinks at the swim-up bar. Whatever you do, just soak in this last incredible experience at the end of your week in Iceland. After the Blue Lagoon, we’ll finish off our week with dinner and closing ceremonies.

  • Volcano fields, explore Reykjavik
  • Hotel Reykjavik Nordica
  • Reykjavik, Iceland

Race Details

Distance: 9K loop

Elevation Gain: 69 FT

Difficulty: Moderate


Day 8: Departure from Iceland

All good things must come to an end. You’re free to move on to your next adventure anytime on Saturday, whether that’s a flight back home or carrying on into Europe for more travel.

  • Reykjavik, Iceland

Scenes from the Adventure

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The Nitty-gritty

Now that you're as excited as we are, let's get down to the gritty details of your adventure.

Pricing

Trip Pricing

$4,200 (double occupancy room)
$5,000 (single occupancy room)


Deposit: 

$500 (refundable)

Trips are fully refundable until 6 months before the event and partially refundable until 90 days before the event. Please read the Registration Policy for more info.

Travel

Trip Meeting Time: Arrive at in Reykjavik by Saturday afternoon. From the airport you can either take the airport shuttle or a taxi to our accommodations for the first night.

Trip Departure Time: On the last day, we will already be back in Reykjavik. You can fly out that day or continue the adventure in Iceland on your own.

Packing & Prep

Coverage: Every country may have different requirements for entry that are subject to change. Stay up to date to make sure you have everything you need to travel. You may also consider travel insurance.


And remember - for group safety, all adventurers must have their COVID-19 vaccination. This will be required for check-in.


Packing List: These are fast-paced adventures. We'll send you a packing list before the trip to help you feel ready to tackle...well, just about anything!


Training: If you want to train, we recommend working up to back-to-back trail runs with varied elevation gain. Our races are 7-12KM (~4-8 Miles) in length and we accommodate a 20min per mile trail pace (that's about a 16min mile on road).

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