The course lies through the most beautiful parts of Reykjavik away from the street traffic.
The race starts in Elliðaárdalur valley in the east part of the city at the bank of the Elliðaá river, one of Iceland’s best salmon rivers, surrounded by 5500 years old lava formations and small fissures.
Through Fossvogur valley, on the boundaries of Reykjavik city and Kópavogur the neighbouring town, the route takes the runners down to the sea side south of the city. At Reykjavik University there is a right turn away from the sea alongside Öskjuhlíð hill, once an island after the last ice age 10000 year ago when the sea level was more then 40 m higher then now, and then back to the shore line passing Natura Hotel and the domestic airport. At Nauthóll, with a sand beach heated up by geothermal water during the summer, the route continues to the west with a beautiful view over the ocean sometimes being able to see the mighty Snæfellsjökull stratovolcano glacier and presidential residents at Bessastadir on the other side of the bay.
Now in the western part of the city, after 10,5 km kilometres from the start, the runners take an u-turn and head the same way back. The marathoners run this route twice.
The entire course is on asphalt trails, mostly flat, with small elevation after 3 and 4,5 km, and only crossing two small streets each way.
The marathons starts at 8 a.m. and the half marathons at 10 a.m.
To the start
The race start is in the east part of Reykjavik. From the city centre it´s only a 6,7 km drive to the Race Start. See maps, click here.
A good map of Reykjavik and main towns in Iceland, click here. The marathons starts at 8 a.m. and the half marathons at 10 a.m.
To get there you have several options:
For those staying not far from the start jogging to the start is an excellent choice to get there and at the same time to warm up before the race. Most main paths in Reykjavik are connected to the race start location.
Buses no. 3, 11 and 12 stop close to the start. The places to hop off is Blesugrof (900m walk to the start) see map. You can pay in the bus. Single fare is 490 kr. ($4) and they don´t give change. You can find all the information about the buses in Reykjavik here. For the marathon runners the buses are not an option. The race starts too early.
For those staying not far from the start, biking to the start is an excellent choice to get there. Most main biking paths in Reykjavik are connected to the race start location.
Latrines are at the start.
Refreshment stations with water, Powerade and Cola are at 5 km interval, see map.
Everyone who completes the race will receive a medal. Trophies and special prices are given for first 3 places for each distance for both genders. This years trophies are specially made from Icelandic Basalt Columns.