Trail running retreat | Valley of Thor, Iceland
Trail Running Retreat | Valley of Thor, Iceland
14-17 July 2021
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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Individual Entry - 30% deposit Balance due 8 weeks before departure£195 BOOK
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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