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Running in Iceland – Waterfalls, Volcanoes, And Trail Running

Unleash your inner explorer and dive into the breathtaking landscapes of Iceland, a land of untamed beauty and awe-inspiring natural wonders. With its dramatic waterfalls, rugged mountains, and mystical geothermal landscapes, Iceland offers a one-of-a-kind destination for runners seeking adventure and serenity. Lace up your running shoes and immerse yourself in the captivating running essence that Iceland has to offer.

When to Run in Iceland

Iceland’s unique climate and pristine wilderness provide an extraordinary backdrop for running year-round. The summer months from June to August are particularly popular, with long daylight hours and mild temperatures creating ideal conditions for outdoor activities. Experience the enchantment of the midnight sun as you embark on a midnight run beneath the golden glow of the Icelandic sky. In the winter, from November to February, embrace the magical allure of the Northern Lights as you brave the cooler temperatures for an unforgettable running experience.

The Must Run Spots in Iceland

Reykjavik, the vibrant capital of Iceland, serves as an excellent starting point for your running adventures. Explore the city’s colorful streets, marvel at the striking architecture, and breathe in the refreshing ocean breeze as you run along the scenic waterfront. Don’t forget to visit the iconic Hallgrímskirkja Church, a towering landmark that offers panoramic views of the city.

For an otherworldly trail running experience, venture into Þingvellir National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site features a unique rift valley, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Run along the trails that wind between the towering cliffs, lava fields, and crystal-clear lakes, immersing yourself in the raw power and natural beauty of this geological wonder.

To witness Iceland’s magnificent waterfalls, head to the south coast where you’ll find Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Run alongside these cascading giants, feeling the mist on your face and the thunderous roar in your ears. These dramatic landmarks will leave you in awe of Iceland’s natural wonders.

Run Travel Events in Iceland – 2023

Running Holidays In Iceland


Arctic Running – Laugavegur Trail – June 2023 – September 2023

The Laugavegur Trail may be one of Iceland’s most popular hiking spots, but for this challenge you’re lacing up your running shoes. Though possible to do in one extreme day, you might find it a bit more enjoyable (and a bit more doable) if you let yourself have two days. You’ll start your run in Landmannalaugar by the striking geothermal mountains and hot springs before taking on a 33mi/55km route to Thorsmork. To make the trip even more tantalizing? You’ll be staying at Volcano Huts along the way.

Vacation Races – Iceland – June 3 – 10, 2023

Enjoy this 8-day running adventure through the Land of Fire and Ice. From runs that take you to the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach and relaxing sessions in the Blue Lagoon to an infamous white night (when the midnight sun never sets), this Iceland run adventure is one for the ages.

Vacation Races – Iceland – June 24 – July 1, 2023


Arctic Running – 5VH Trail Run – August 4th – August 13th 2023

If you’re coming all the way to Iceland for a race, you can’t run just once (even when the race is as epic as the 5VH Trail Run). Make the most of your Iceland running adventure by coming for an extra week to soak in the scenery, loosen up those legs, and explore. On the running itinerary are Thorsmörk (the Valley of Thor), Hveragerði, Skogafoss, and more.


Surf Yoga Beer – Fire & Ice – September 3 – 8, 2023

Discover the magical land of fire, ice, mini horses, and black sand beaches in Iceland! Go chasing waterfalls among the 10,000 possible falls, and witness the high concentration of active volcanoes, including Eyjafjallajökull. Sip fresh water from streams and rivers, and marvel at the unique Icelandic horses. From black sand beaches to hot water springs and unreal waterfalls, hiking in Iceland offers an abundant amount of ‘wow’ moments. Embrace yoga amidst the stunning landscapes, recover in hot springs, and explore the top spots, including glaciers, waterfalls, and black sand beaches. Experience the best of Iceland’s nature, culture, and party scene on this extraordinary adventure!

Running Retreats in Iceland


Run Wild Retreats – Iceland Adventure with Intention Retreat – August 15 – 21, 2023

Let your running take you places you haven’t gone before with this 7-day trail running retreat in Iceland. From running on a volcano and on mountain trails to soaking in natural hot spring pools, riding snowmobiles on a glacier, and seeing puffins in the wild, this is an experience that will find you at the edge of your comfort zone as you take in a remarkable country.

Run Wild Retreats – Iceland Trail Running + Wellness – August 22 – 28, 2023

This is an exploration of wild southern Iceland, which includes its iconic black sand beaches, geysers and glaciers, geothermal hot springs, and giant waterfalls. This 7-day trail running retreat focuses on mindful running clinics and allots time for self care so you can give your energy and yourself the energy you both deserve. The week will be finished with a delightful soak at the Sky Lagoon geothermal hot springs as your muscles and joints are relieved after a week of great, meaningful work.

Expand Your Running Horizons

Iceland is just the beginning of a world filled with extraordinary running adventures. Discover the lush landscapes of New Zealand’s trails, traverse the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, or conquer the vibrant streets of Tokyo. Let our supporting articles be your guide to remarkable destinations across the globe, where your running journey will merge with unforgettable travel experiences.

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