Global Adventures: Iceland
Vacation Races is taking you on a week-long Global Adventure to Iceland! We'll run trails, soak in hot springs, and visit glaciers, waterfalls, and geysirs - more adventure than most people experience in a year.
What to expect on the trip?
Every day we will take you on a trail run through the varied terrain of Iceland. All runs will be around 5-10K in length and have some elevation gain. We use the term “trail run” loosely here, as lots of the time you will be hiking because it’s uphill, or because you just want to slow down and take in the scenery. After our runs each day, we will eat lunch together, followed by either free time in the afternoon or another adventure. We’ll end the day with dinner and more relaxing.
This trip will be limited to 100 adventurers
This is an all-inclusive adventure! That means that ALL the details of planning your trip are taken care of for you by the Vacation Races Staff. Included in the trip are most meals, hotels, transportation within Iceland, park fees, and other adventures included in the itinerary below.
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.
What's not included?
The main thing not included here is your airfare to and from Reykjavik, Iceland. All of your meals will be covered except for two dinners and one lunch, where you’ll get to explore the culinary options of Iceland on your own. Apart from that, the only thing you would be expected to cover is any souvenirs or additional food or drink.
Day 1, Saturday: Arrive in Reykjavik
You’ll arrive in Reykjavik by Saturday afternoon and either take a taxi or airport shuttle to Hotel Natura 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.
Day 2, Sunday: Burfell Volcano Run & Discover Reykjavik
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.
Day 3, Monday: Reykjadalur Valley Hot River Run & Explore the 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!
Day 4, Tuesday: 4x4 drive to the Þórsmörk Volcano Huts and Fimmvörðuháls Run
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 .
Day 5, Wednesday: Þórsmörk Run and Visit Skogafoss Waterfall & 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 oceand and perfect cave where you can look out at the ocean and take it all in.
Day 6, Thursday: Vik Sea Cliff Run & Sólheimajökull Glacier Tour
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.
Day 7, Friday: Blue Lagoon Run & Soak in the 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.
Day 8, Saturday: Depart from Reykjavik
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.
Pricing & Registration Details
Pricing and Deposit
$3,450 includes everything mentioned in the itinerary. Deposit of $500 is due at registration, after which the remaining $2,950 balance will be billed to you 6 months prior to the trip departure.
Making Payments: You can make payments anytime by logging into your profile on RegFox > Under your registration information, your outstanding balance will be displayed. Click "Make Payment". You will be able to use your card on file, or charge an amount to a different card.
Based on Double Occupancy
This pricing is based on double occupancy of all hotel rooms. If you register with a partner, you will be able to stay with them. If you register as solo adventurer, we will pair you with someone else of the same gender in a hotel room. Please note- during one night of this trip we will be staying in the Þórsmörk Volcano Huts, which are not individual hotel rooms, but either group cabins or glamping tents.
Single Occupancy Pricing
If you prefer to have your hotel room to yourself, the cost will be $800 extra ($4,250 total) to cover the additional hotel expense. Also- even if you pay for single occupancy, you will not have your own room when we stay in the Volcano Huts in Þórsmörk!
Cancellation and Transfer Policy
The deposit of $500 is refundable up to 6 months prior to the event. After these dates, the deposit is non-refundable unless we are able to transfer your registration to another participant.
The remaining balance of $2,950 is due 6 months prior to the event. Once the event is 6 months out, all remaining balance is due. If you choose to cancel within 6 months of the event, there are 2 options available to you.
Option 1: Transfer your registration to another participant if you are able to find someone willing to take your place.
Option 2: Receive a refund. If you choose to receive a refund within 6 months of the event there will be a hotel fee of $800 applied, which covers the cost of the hotel where we must guarantee rooms.
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How difficult are the runs and hikes? How good of shape do I need to be in?
Each day we’ll be running/hiking between 3-6 miles. Most of the runs will have a decent amount of elevation gain. Most everyone will be walking the uphills of our runs while running the flats and downhills. We expect runners to maintain at least a 20 minute/mile pace on these trail runs.
Do I have to run every day?
This is your vacation- you should do what you want! If you want to take a break for a day or two, then by all means do it. Our goal is to make sure you have the best possible experience on the trails, whatever that means for you.
Are there aid stations?
There are no aid stations in these trail runs. Most people will be either using a hydration backpack or carrying a water bottle in hand, along with a few gels or other snacks if needed. You are required to bring your own hydration system. We are partnered with Nathan Sports, which provide awesome hydration options: Shop Nathan Sports
What other adventures will we be doing?
Other adventures during the trip are scheduled to be: visiting the blue lagoon geothermal spa, taking a guided trek across the Sólheimajökull Glacier, soaking in the hot river at Reykjadalur Valley, visiting the Golden Circle, walking along Reynisfjara black sand beach and basalt column cliffs, and so much more!
Are there any discounts available to Global Adventures?
We do not offer any discounts on our Global Adventures at this time.
Are there options for a partner that doesn’t want to run?
If you want to bring a partner to the event that doesn’t want to participate in the runs, that’s totally fine. We will knock off $300 from your partner’s registration fee if you choose this option. Just sign up for the event as a regular participant, but let us know in the registration notes that your partner is not running. Your $300 will be refunded to you 6 months before the event.
What will the weather be like in Iceland?
Iceland is located right near the arctic circle, and with a name like “Iceland”, you can imagine it can be pretty cold! During June, the daytime highs are usually around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. However, we should expect rain and wind at any given time while in Iceland (that’s how this country is so green!). Like they say in Iceland, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.”
What are the accommodations like?
We have 3-star lodging booked for you. Rooms will be comfortable and clean and safe; a place that you would feel ok relaxing in. We will also have one night where we are staying in the in the Þórsmörk Volcano Huts, which are not individual hotel rooms, but either group cabins or glamping tents.
What about Vegan and Vegetarian food options?
There will be vegetarian options for our runners at all meals. Most meals will also have vegan options, but we can’t guarantee vegan options for all meals.
How much free time will we have?
Expect to have a few hours of free time each day, either exploring the towns we’ll visit or wandering around turquoise lakes and just taking in the grandeur of the place. Our goal is to have enough adventure to fill your days without feeling rushed from location to location.
How much money should I expect to spend?
The only additional expense that you absolutely need to plan on is your travel to and from Reykjavik plus a couple of meals (one lunch and two dinners). Apart from that, any souvenirs or additional food & drink (apart from your regular meals) would be at your own expense.
Are there any age restrictions?
There are no age restrictions for these trips. As long as you are comfortable with the runs and activities, we'll be glad to have you if you're 12 or 112 years old!
What about animals on the trails?
There are no animals on Iceland that you would ever need to worry about. There aren’t even mosquitoes on this island! You’ll be sure to see plenty of amazing birds like arctic terns and hopefully some puffins, along with as many Icelandic sheep and horses as your heart desires.