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Valley of Thor Trail Running Retreat

£650 pp

Iceland

4 days / 3 nights

4 - 8

Valley of Thor Trail Running Retreat

What You'll Do

Iceland – the land of fire and ice is one of Mother Nature’s real treasures. Colours are electric, views magnificent and there are waterfalls almost everywhere you look. So, for all you lovers of travel and keeping fit, why not combine them both and explore Iceland on two feet, and at your own pace.

This trip runs 14th-17th July 2021

Nestled in the heart of the nature reserve and between two magical glaciers you’ll find Þórsmörk (Thórsmörk) or Valley of Thor. The mountain and valley to which this area is named provide popular hiking routes including the Laugavegur trail.

We follow this route for only a few kilometres before deviating and making our own tracks on the less trodden trails, but equally as jaw-dropping. With so much to see in Iceland, we recommend you give yourself a few more days one side of the retreat to perhaps explore the Golden Circle or Reykjavik. Close by to the trail you will find many of Iceland’s famous attractions including Skógafoss waterfall, Golden Circle and Thingvellir National Park.

Join us on this Icelandic running adventure as we run 45 kilometres over 2 days, with a total ascent of 2000 metres.

 

 

 

Experience
Highlights

Run 45km over 2 days and explore Thorsmork on foot

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

Get off the main paths and enjoy the trails to yourself

Your Local Host:

Ruth and Kerran

As a team of experienced runners, practitioners and health enthusiasts, the Running Team aims to provide the perfect balance of activity, relaxation and fun. Ruth and Kerran organise fantastic running breaks in amazing places. Using his experience as a long distance runner and outdoor adventurer, Kerran carefully plans and tests each trail, sele Read More

Experience Itinerary

Arrival day into Reykjavik

Today is an arrivals day and you are free to make your way to the hotel at any time. After settling into your accommodation, you will meet the team and fellow runners over an evening meal.

Running day in Iceland

We enjoy an early breakfast today to let the food settle before heading out on the trails. First, we catch a 4×4 bus to Thórsmörk, a remote and wild valley. We drop our luggage to the new hotel and take stock of the kit required, stretch, and head out for our first run along the valley and gently climb to one of the highest peaks in the area, Rjúpnafell.

From here we enjoy magnificent views in all directions, the perfect place to catch our breath and admire panoramic views. After this, we descend to run beneath Tindfjoll for 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 enjoy the views. The afternoon is at your own leisure, relaxing back at base, or using the sauna and naturally heated pool facilities that are located nearby.

 

Running day in Iceland

After a hearty 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 to the hotel 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.

Final day

We enjoy one final breakfast and wave goodbye to Thórsmörk, as we make our way back to Hvolsvöllur by 4×4 bus.

If you plan to fly home immediately please make sure that you book an evening to allow for travel on this day. However, with so much to see in Iceland, it is well worth adding on a few days to explore if you can afford the time.

  • 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 meals provided by accommodation hosts (Friday pm - Monday am)
  • 2 carefully curated guided trail runs. Designed by runners for runners
  • Expert running guides throughout. Qualified Leader & Outdoor First Aider, plus experienced ultra-marathon runner
  • Training plan prior to departure
  • Stretch, strength and rejuvenate class​

FAQs

For this retreat we split the accommodation between two locations. First a guesthouse/hotel in Hvolsvöllur on a twin share basis.​ An upgrade for single occupancy is available on request for £100 per person.

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. Please note that a single supplement is not available for these nights.

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.​

We'll provide a breakdown of what this might look like upon booking confirmation.

Trail running: 45km over 2 days
Total ascent: 2000m
Duration: 3-5 hrs per day
Grade: Challenging