Thorsmork, iceland

14-17 july 2021

OVERVIEW

TRAIL RUNNING: 45KM OVER 2 DAYS

total ASCENT: 2000M 

DURATION: 3-5 HOURS PER DAY

GRADE: CHALLENGING

  • 1-night traditional Icelandic chalet on a twin share basis.  2 nights remote cabin, these are simple and work on 4 to a room bunk-bed basis. 

  • All-inclusive: All meals provided by accommodation hosts

  • 2 carefully curated guided trail runs. Designed by runners for runners

  • Expert running guides throughout. Qualified Leader & Outdoor First Aider and experienced ultra-marathon runner

  • Training plan prior to departure

  • Exclusive Nomadic Runner discount on future trips

  • Yoga or stretch & strength class​

  • Unique trail running experience, off the beaten track

  • We plant trees! Instead of providing you with another T-shirt or medal, we mitigate the carbon involved with all are guests flights for the trip

  • Small group - max 8 people (min. 4 people)​

PRICE

£650 per person

itinerary

day 01

Arrive and settle into the accommodation. Put your feet up, meet the team over an evening meal. 

day 02

Breakfast will be available early giving us time for food to settle before heading off. First, we catch a 4x4 bus to take us to Thórsmörk, a remote and wild valley. Drop our bags at our new accommodation, take a final kit check and stretch before heading out on our first run. This sees us run along the valley and gently climb to one of the highest peaks in the area, Rjúpnafell. From here you get magnificent views in all directions and we take a moment to take it all in. After this, we descend to run beneath Tindfjoll and get a view of the river Krossa before heading back to our accommodation through lush green vegetation. The trails in this area can be technical underfoot with volcanic rock, we take our time and remember to enjoy the view. The afternoon is at your own leisure, relaxing back at base, or using the sauna and naturally heated pool facilities that are located nearby.

 

day 03

After breakfast and a warm-up we head out on a marginally shorter but no less spectacular run. This sees us join the fimmvörðuháls hike for a few km, before following the valley floor and river Hvanna. Two further small summits up Vestrihattur and Valahnukur form the final part of the days trail running. Back for lunch we rest and unwind for the remainder of the day. Weather permitting there will be an optional outdoor strength and stretch class for those wishing to loosen the legs after two days of running (approx 30-45 mins) or just unwind ahead of the evening meal. 

 

day 04

The team and guests share breakfast, say goodbye to Thórsmörk and head back to Hvolsvöllur via 4x4 bus. If you plan to fly home immediately please make sure that an evening flight is booked. However, with so much to see in Iceland, it's well worth and extra few days to explore if you can afford the time.

GETTING HERE

Fly:

Directly to Reykjavik Airport (Keflavik) . Routes are served by a selection of international and budget airlines including Ryanair, EasyJet and British Airways. A host of car rental companies are available at good value prices.

Drive:

Reykjavik airport - Hvolsvöllur  (2hrs) 

We recommend car sharing where possible and are able to put you in touch with fellow guests should you be on the same or similar flights.

Accommodation

 

For this retreat we split the accommodation between two locations. First a guesthouse/hotel in Hvolsvöllur on a twin share basis.

We then relocate to Thórsmörk and due to its remote location there is simply not many options. We choose a private cabin for 4 with bunk beds, each has a small kitchenette. Shower and WC facilities are shared. There is however a sauna and naturally heat pool for all guests. 

 

Main meals will be included Friday pm - Monday am and prepared by the guesthouse hosts. We provide some additional snacks for our guests but any additional food and drink outside of this will be not be included.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Comprehensive Insurance to cover you for this type of activity. 

  • In brief, your trail running kit! We'll provide a breakdown of what this might look like upon booking confirmation. 

  • Flights & travel to and from start/finish point (note: any transfers during the trip are covered by us)

  • Local currency

  • Any necessary visas  

IMPORTANT NOTES

For our cancellation policy please see our terms and conditions.

Not included in booking fee:

  • Any additional costs that are otherwise not stated under the booking

  • Flights and travel to accommodation (transfers during the trip are covered)

  • Additional activities, food and beverages unless otherwise stated

Further Info:

  • https://www.lonelyplanet.com/iceland

  • Although we try our very best to keep to the itinerary and accommodation listed under each trip these are subject to change with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. We will notify guests of any changes at the earliest possible moment.

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