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Trail running retreat | Valley of Thor, Iceland
Trail Running Retreat | Valley of Thor, Iceland
Nestled in the heart of the nature reserve 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 Laugavegur trail. We choose to only touch on this route for a few kilometres before finding our own way nearby. We encounter less trodden trails but equally as jaw-dropping.
Run away with us to this mythical region and explore the serene wilderness, accessing outstanding trails from our remote cabin accommodation.
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Price per person (deposit) Balance of £455 due 8 weeks before departure£195 BOOK
During these unprecedented times, we wanted to let all our Nomadic Runners how important it is for us and the global community to stay safe and look after one another. This is our number one priority to ensure not only our community but those in place we travel remain safe. We appreciate that many people face challenges now and many more will in the future. We are all in this together. We are doing all we can to ensure that our customers are well taken care of in the spirit of the trail running community.
As you are aware the situation is changing daily across the globe with various countries taking different strategies to deal in a manner they feel best. We are closely watching the situation and take advise from the leading governing bodies, the main one being UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) . This will ultimately govern if a trip will go ahead or not. If at the time of final payment (8 weeks before departure) the FCO is still advising against travel to the destination of the trip we will have no choice but to postpone.
We appreciate that this throws many balls in the air for you and are working hard behind the scenes with our local guides and suppliers to ensure this has as little impact on you as possible, whilst giving you the greatest amount of flexibility. Here's what we're doing:
Contacting each individual directly who's trip is likely to be affected
If you have already booked on a trail running retreat or adventure then we will contact you directly to explain the situation and the options available.
Fully refundable deposits
In the event that a trip is cancelled due to Covid-19 then the initial deposit paid shall be fully refundable. For now, we are utilising this option until the end of 2020 after which we will revert back to our standard terms and conditions. Our hope is that by this time we will have a clear picture going forward into 2021 and can make an informed decision about a future direction.
We are allowing for any customers who have booked on a retreat or adventure to reallocate this to a future trip. This means a like for like swap is available in case you decide on a different destination. There will of course be:
- no additional fees
- no price change from what it was at the time of booking
- still have a trail running adventure in the diary to look forward to
Booking will be held indefinitely
Any bookings will be held indefinitely, this means you don't have a time limit on rescheduling your trip. We understand that there is a lot of flux at the minute so don't want to hamper this any further. With new dates and destination in 2021, we hope that this is something to look forward to and a future date can be rescheduled. If this does not work for you then the cancellation terms at the time of booking will apply.
We're adding more dates
We are increasing our offering for 2021, meaning more great destination and more choice for our guests. In addition to this, we are adding more UK specific dates and once travel restriction lapse some more UK day trips.
Keeping you updated
We'll continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and update this page accordingly. We will, of course, reach out to those affected at the point in which we know more.
TRAIL RUNNING: 45KM OVER 2 DAYS
TOTAL ASCENT: 2000M
DURATION: 3-5 HOURS PER DAY
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)
Arrive and settle into the accommodation. Put your feet up, meet the team over an evening meal.
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.
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.
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.
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