It’s impossible to truly connect with the Icelandic landscape while in cars and coaches. Why not combine seeing the country’s awe-inspiring natural wonders and staying fit? On this private, self-guided adventure, you’ll be able to take daily runs on the Icelandic nature trails, passing little villages, black sand beaches, canyons and wildlife reserves.
This is an amazing opportunity for those who like staying active while enjoying all the welfare nature has to offer. You’ll recover your energy in remote hotels and refuges away from the tourist hordes, where you can get a deeper understanding of the rural Icelandic culture. And on top of that, all your meals will be carefully planned and nutritionally balanced.
So, what are you waiting for? Come to experience this unique running adventure through the landscape of Iceland. Investing in your health and well-being is always a good idea.
Day 1 – Hveragerdi
When you arrive to Reykjavik Airport, jump on the Flybus towards Hveragerdi located around 45 kilometers east of the capital along the Southern Ring Road. Tickets for this can easily be booked before boarding the bus, or we can book these for you as part of the package. When you arrive in Hveragerdi, check into the hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.
Day 2 – Hveragerdi and Vík
After breakfast, you can go on your first morning run. There is no better way of connecting with the Icelandic landscape than running straight through it. Kick start it with a 1.5-hour self-guided running tour of Hveragerdi. When you arrive back at the hotel, enjoy a healthy lunch before setting off to the coast to visit the wonderful village of Vik. After a little exploration, you’ll be able to check into the Farmhouse Lodge. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to relax and enjoy a well-earned dinner.
Day 3 – Vik
After a light breakfast, it’s time to hit the trails again. We recommend jogging along the region’s famous black sand beaches. Along the way, you’ll most likely spot some interesting wildlife including coastal birds. Return to the hotel for some light stretches to minimize any muscle damage and spend the afternoon at leisure. We recommend lunch in the village. Later in the afternoon, return to the lodge for some spa that will help you recover, and enjoy a relaxed dinner.
Day 4 – Þórsmörk Nature Reserve
In the morning, set off for the highlands and the spectacular Þórsmörk Nature Reserve. Arrive at the Basar Hut, your home for the next two nights. After settling in, head out for an inspiring 7-mile run through the reserve and the Húsadalur Valley to the Volcano Huts. When you return to Basar Hut in the afternoon, a well-earned hot lunch will be waiting for you. You’ll have time to relax and get some rest.
Day 5 – Land of Thor
Wake up early for a light breakfast and some stretches before hitting the Icelandic nature trails again. Challenge yourself today as you go on a 10-mile run along the Laugarvegur trail to the Markarfljótsgljúfur Canyon. Looking like a scene from Lord of the Rings, this canyon is made up of steep, craggy cliffs cut by a bubbling river below. Walk along the rim enjoying inspiring views down below. Return to the Basar Hut for a healthy and nutritious lunch in the afternoon. Spend the rest of the day enjoying a well-deserved leisure time. Enjoy dinner and an early night.
Day 6 – Reykjavik
This morning, you’ll have a final run around the magical landscape which winds up to a plateau offering spectacular views across the river valleys. By this time, you’ll have worked up an appetite, and a lunch will be ready at the Basar Hut. Drive back to Reykjavik in the afternoon and check into your hotel. After relaxing, we recommend going to one of the best restaurants in town to try some traditional Icelandic cuisine.
Day 7 – The Blue Lagoon
In the morning, explore the city on an early running self-guided tour. Stop to see some of the capital’s most famous sights like the strikingly modern Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral. There is no better way to finish this running adventure than a visit to the steamy Blue Lagoon. Here, you’ll be able to soak those weary muscles in the mineral-rich waters and have a silica mud mask treatment. After a final lunch in spa’s dining room, return to the airport for your flight home.
Does this seem like the holiday of your dreams? Hit the book now button above to contact us and start your Icelandic adventure.
Includes: accommodation throughout, most meals
Excludes: personal expenses, entrance fees
DURATION: 7 days
TYPE: Self-guided running tour
DATES: Between July to August
STARTS / ENDS: Hveragerdi/Reykjavik
TRANSPORT: Private 4×4
Farmhouse Lodge Hotel
Located in a remote rural spot in Southern Iceland, the Farmhouse Lodge Hotel is just minutes from the black sand beaches of Vik. Once a former working farm with livestock, it’s now been completely renovated to accommodate up to 20 visitors. It’s spacious guestrooms, tasteful design and welcoming atmosphere make it one of the best options in the country. Breakfast is served each morning between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and there are plenty of amenities in nearby Vík í Mýrdal should you need them.
Shepherds once solely used this part of Iceland, but after being discovered by hikers, several comfortable refuge huts were built to aid safety and offer the opportunity to walk in this beautiful part of the country. The wooden Basar Hut is simple, but has everything you need for a comfortable stay including running water, toilets, heating and electricity. As we are visiting in the busiest months, we won’t be the only people staying in the lodge, but there is plenty of room for more than 80 guests. Wardens are stationed here in the summer months between May and October.