ROUTE DESCRIPTION

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:

JOG

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Bus

Buses no. 3, 11, 12 and 17 stop close to the start. The places to hop off are Vikin (800m walk to the start) or Blesugrof (900m walk to the start) see map. You can pay in the bus. Single fare is 460 kr. ($3,5) and they don´t give change. More information about the buses in Reykjavik: here – Saturday schedule. For the marathon runners the buses are not an option. The race starts too early.

Bicycle

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Drive

Taxi from city centre will cost approx. 4000kr for 4 pers. and 5000kr for 5-8 pers. The address of the race start is Rafstöðvarvegur 4, 110 Reykjavík. For more information about the main taxi company (Hreyfill) in Iceland, click here.

From city center to the start
From city center to the start
Bus map
Bus map

Additional information

Timing system

We use the ChampionChip system from Mylap Sports Timing. The split time is after 5K, 10.5K, 16K, 21K, 26K, 31.5K and 37K. The results are uploaded to the web site during the race.
More information here.

Toilets

Latrines are at the start.

Drinks

Refreshment stations with water, Powerade and Cola are at 5 km interval, see map. 

Prizes

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.

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