Iceland Trail Running Getaway

Friday, July 21 - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

4-night running adventure covering the 55km Laugavegur Trail

Welcome to Iceland, and the awe-inspiring scenery that will both challenge and reward you. We're on a never-ending quest to deliver the best endurance adventures the world has to offer. and we've embraced a location that really needs little introduction: the glacial valley that is southwest Iceland's 55 kilometer (34 mile) Laugavegur Trail. Accessible only 2-3 months of the year to a restricted number of travelers, the Laugavegur Trail features a variety of other-worldly landscapes and moderate weather conditions. 

Our tour features 4 nights in Iceland that combine fast-packing the Laugavegur with time to explore one of the world's most exciting capitals, Reykjavik. We top it off with an afternoon at the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal pools before departure. 

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
thorsmork river

Itinerary in Brief

Friday, July 21

Your adventure begins with arrival at Reykjavik's modern Keflavik International Airport (KEF), where you'll be greeted by our staff. Our group will shop for a few groceries and supplies (for the trail) and check-in for our first night of spacious, comfortable accommodations in Reykjavik's most desired area. Enjoy the Welcome Gathering this evening as your get to know your guides and fellow travelers. 

Saturday, July 22

This morning we have an early full breakfast prepared with warm local breads, jams, organic eggs, fresh fruit and yogurts. We gather our fast packs and supplies and transfer from Reykjavik to Landmannalaugar to begin our trail run. Today we cover approximately 15 miles of the trail, stopping at our first hut accommodation for the night, Hvanngil

Our first night on the trail is in the warm, cozy hut at Hvanngil.

Our first night on the trail is in the warm, cozy hut at Hvanngil.

Trail Night 1: Hvanngil

Situated approximately 15 miles from the start of our run at Landmannalaugar, the hut at Hvanngil provides a heated, dormitory style accommodation with basic bunks for your sleeping bag, kitchen, hot stove, cooking utensils, bathrooms, and a hot shower if you like.

Night two on the trail is at the Thorsmork Langidalur (Porsmork) hut.

Night two on the trail is at the Thorsmork Langidalur (Porsmork) hut.

Trail Night 2: Thorsmork Langidalur

Thorsmork (or Porsmork) Langidalur is approximately 19 miles from Hvanngil, and will be our home for night two of our trail running adventure. Basic bunks for your sleeping bag, kitchen, hot stove and water, utensils, showers and bathrooms are available. 

Sunday, July 23

Today we cover 19 miles from Hvanngil to Porsmork and bunk in this evening at the Langidalur hut. This is the longest test of our journey, and you'll appreciate the warm, clean, hut accommodation offered at this rugged outpost. 

Monday, July 24

We pack up this morning and transfer to Reykjavik's Blue Lagoon area for lunch, hot showers (toiletries provided), and an afternoon at the famously rejuvenating geothermal pools. Entry to Blue Lagoon and a silica mud mask is included in our tour, but if you want to take this awesome experience to the next level, you may opt at checkout to book an upgrade that includes use of towels, bath robes, slippers, algae mask, mud mask, a complimentary drink, and access to an exclusive lounge. The upgrade is available for $235. In-water massage may also be booked upon arrival.

This late afternoon we transfer back to our Reykjavik home in the best part of the city for our final night.

Tuesday, July 25

After a great night's rest, we enjoy a full breakfast and prepare for our flights home. We drive you to Keflavik International airport in plenty of time for your departure. Check out is at 11 a.m. unless you opt to spend an additional night with us for just $195. (You can book this extra night when booking your tour with us.)

Enjoy a rejuvenating afternoon at the Blue Lagoon at the conclusion of our trail run. An entrance pass and silica mud mask is included in your tour. Click the photo to see the full video!

Enjoy a rejuvenating afternoon at the Blue Lagoon at the conclusion of our trail run. An entrance pass and silica mud mask is included in your tour. Click the photo to see the full video!

Tour includes two nights in our spacious Reykjavik home.

Tour includes two nights in our spacious Reykjavik home.

Your Tour Includes:

  • Greeting at Keflavik International Airport; transfer to hotel
  • Welcome gathering our first evening in Iceland
  • Small group experience limited to just 8 travelers
  • 2 nights of beautiful accommodations in Reykjavik's most desired neighborhood
  • 2 nights of reserved accommodation on the Laugavegur Trail's Hvanngil and Porsmork huts
  • Round trip transfers to and from the trail system
  • Admission to the Blue Lagoon with silica mud mask
  • Full breakfast at our Reykjavik home (Saturday morning and Tuesday morning)
  • Luggage storage as needed while you are trail running; leave anything you are not running with back at our secured home base in Reykjavik
  • Professionally guided tour and expert assistance
  • Packing list, pre-trip preparation, and webinar for clients
  • Gift bag for every client
  • Transfer to the airport for flight home

 

Click to view our Iceland route.

NOTE: As we are covering 15 and 19 mile days respectively, on uneven, remote terrain, you'll need to ensure you can cover this distance carrying a fast-pack. On the map, we begin at Landmannalaugar, run and hike to Hvanngil, and camp in huts for the night. The next day we run from Hvanngil to Porsmork and camp in huts for the night.

This tour is best suited for experienced trail runners looking for a spectacular route. If you have any questions about the physical demands of the trail, we're here to help. Please contact us at team@race-quest.com and our Iceland guide, Greg Wingo, will be happy to speak with you.

Summer Weather in Iceland

Temperatures remain moderate and steady during the month of July in Iceland, ranging from highs averaging 57F (14C) and lows at night of about 48F (9C).  Our detailed packing list every tour participant receives will provide all the information you need to prepare for Iceland.

Pricing

Double Occupancy (Shared Room): $1,295 per person

Single Occupancy: $1695

Upgrade your Blue Lagoon Experience: $235 (see details at checkout)

Add an additional night (make your check-out on Wednesday, July 26): $195

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Permits to be on the Laugavegur Trail are pre-paid for you in advance, and are non-refundable. We STRONGLY recommend travel insurance in the event of your need to cancel your trip. Refunds for a portion of your deposit is possible if RaceQuest is notified in writing on or prior to April 30, 2017 by emailing us at racequesttravel@gmail.com. NO REFUNDS can be issued on or after May 1, 2017, as all funds will have been put forth in full to our vendors to cover your trip expenses.