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Dettifoss Ultra Run 2018

Dettifoss Ultra Run 2018

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Price
From £655

Duration
4 Nights

Departures
August

The Dettifoss Ultra Run. takes you through magnificent landscape with view over the Jökulsá (glacier river) canyon, including Ásbyrgi canyon. It is safe to say that when it comes to the scenery, this trail run is one of a kind. The roughest part of the run is between Dettifoss waterfall and Hólmatungur area where the surface is sand, rock and rough gravel.

Highlights

  • Dettifoss Trail Run is located in Europe’s largest National Park – named after the great waterfall Dettifoss
  • The package includes flights, hotel, car rental, race fee, Road Atlas and Iceland Map
  • Contact us for prices

ITINERARY - 4 NIGHTS

Day 1 - Arrival

Departure from UK

Pick up the rental car at the airport

  • Option 1

Relax in the Blue Lagoon on your way to Reykjavik
Use the afternoon and the evening to explore the Golden Circle the highlights of the southwest. Drive to Þingvellir, the National Park and the location for the oldest Parliament in the world. Drive from Þingvellir through Lyngdalsheidi to Laugarvatn. From there drive to Geysir and Gullfoss. From Gullfoss drive back to Reykjavik. This trip should take 6-8 hours, about 3 hours driving. There will be daylight through the night.
Overnight stay in Reykjavik

  • Option 2

Drive from the South of Iceland to Akureyri the capital of the North. Enjoying the scenic landscape on Route 1. One the way stop at Borgarnes a small pitteresque village. Hraunfossar and Barnafossar are natural gems not to be missed.
Check in at hotel in North of Iceland

Day 2 - Akureyri

  • Option 1

Check out from the hotel in Reykjavik

Drive from the South of Iceland to Akureyri the capital of the North (380 km). From Akureyri to the Dettifoss Trail Run race start is 150 km.
Enjoying the scenic landscape on Route 1. One the way stop at Borgarnes a small pitteresque village. Hraunfossar and Barnafossar are natural gems not to be missed.
Check in at hotel in North

  • Option 2

Myvatn offers a unique natural environment and is around 2 hrs drive from Akureyi. Explore Mývatn area Dimmuborgir and Namaskard. Visit Husavik town and experience whale watching.
Check in at hotel in North
Enjoy evening in North

Day 3 - Race day

Dettifoss Trail Run is held in the Jokulsargljufur site of Vatnajokull National Park in northeast Iceland, in the area of the magnificent glacier river Jökulsá á Fjöllum with its enormous canyon, waterfalls and contrasts.

The running route:

The run takes you through magnificent landscape with view over the Jökulsá (glacier river) canyon, including Ásbyrgi canyon. It is safe to say that when it comes to the scenery, this trail run is one of a kind. The roughest part of the run is between Dettifoss waterfall and Hólmatungur area where the surface is sand, rock and rough gravel. Just above Hólmatungur the vegetation starts and the surface switches to a soil path. As the route proceeds further north along the river, the vegetation turns more to shrubbery. One small river, Stallá, needs to be crossed and plastic bags are available at the location for those who wish. The last leg of the route takes you north alongside Ásbyrgi on narrow paths through a birch forest. This part tends to be quite slow going for weary feet.

The Dettifoss Trail Run running options are as follows:
Dettifoss - Ásbyrgi 32,7 km
Hólmatungur - Ásbyrgi 21,2 km
Vesturdalur - Ásbyrgi 13,2 km

Entry fees include:
Race shirt, race trophy and individual prizes.
Race time-keeping and race number
Course and safety marshalling, transport for those who are not able to finish
Transport from Ásbyrgi to each starting point.
Water, energy drinks and bananas during race
Fruits, water, energy and soda drinks at the finish
Barbeque in Ásbyrgi
Medical assistance in Ásbyrgi

Route maps and altitude graph

The Dettifoss Run Webpage Sign in for the run

Runners must sign in at Gljúfrastofa Visitor Centre in Ásbyrgi on Saturday, to receive their running number. Sign-in time depends on running distance. Information can be found on the race webpage. Transportation to starting posts
Buses will transport runners to each of the three starting posts. Conditions vary from point to point, but runners should have 10-20 minutes to warm up before the run. None of the starting posts has changing facilities, only dry toilets. Runners can leave marked bags with clothing etc. in the bus to pick up in Ásbyrgi after the race. No responsibility is taken for valuables in these bags.

Drink stations

Water and energy drinks will be available at approximately 5 km intervals at the following places: Dettifoss waterfall, north of Hafragil gorge, Hólmatungur parking, Stallá river, Hljóðaklettar parking, halfway between Kvíar and Klappir, and by Tófugjá, east of Ásbyrgi.

Safety

Safety guards will be present in places where the route runs close to the canyon edge and on any other potentially unsafe places. Runners do however run at their own risk.

Awards ceremony

The awards ceremony will be by the finish post in Ásbyrgi at approximately 17:00.

Showers / swimming pool

Showers are available in the Ásbyrgi campground service house. A swimming pool with a hot tub is located in Lundur, 7 km east of Ásbyrgi.

Food

A local food BBQ is provided after the trail run. It is included in the trail run fee and will be served after the trophy ceremony at approximately 17:30.

About the area

Jökulsá á Fjöllum (glacier river) rises beneath the Vatnajökull icecap and enters the sea at Öxarfjörður bay. From its source the river flows across a high plateau dotted with isolated palagonite peaks and scarred with lava flows. At the edge of the highlands the land drops and the river becomes more turbulent and forms several huge waterfalls, tumbling into the magnificent canyon that bears its name. The Jökulsárgljúfur canyon is one of the largest and most impressive river canyons in Iceland. It is 25 km long, ½ km wide and in many places more than 100 metres deep.

The Jökulsárgljúfur National Park was created in 1973. Located on the west bank of Jökulsá River, the National Park extends 30 km northwards from the Dettifoss waterfall to trunk road no. 85, covering 120 sq. kilometres. In 2008, Vatnajökull National Park was created around Vatnajökull glacier. Vatnajökull National Park includes Jökulsárgljúfur NP and Skaftafell NP in south of Iceland.
The nature within the park is magnificent and full of contrast. It is beautiful and peaceful, though the enormous forces of nature are ever-present. The only way to fully experience Jökulsárgljúfur National Park is by foot and the park is an ideal hiking area. There are marked hiking trails alongside the edge of the canyon from Ásbyrgi canyon south to Dettifoss and Selfoss waterfalls.

Dettifoss, one of Europe’s most powerful waterfalls, is undoubtedly the park’s most famous attraction but far from the only one. Each bend in the river reveals a new postcard perfect scene, and there are so many wonderful places to explore that spending a few days is well worth it. For more detailed information, visit the park’s website.

  • Option 1

Relax after the race in one of the lovely swimming pools
Explore the Asbyrgi area and enjoy the evening at the capital of North Akureyri
Overnight stay in Akureyri

  • Option 2

Relax after the race in one of the lovely swimming pools
Drive back to Reykjavik and enjoy the evening in the Reykavik
Overnight stay in Reykjavik

Day 4: Reykjavik

  • Option 1

Relax in the Blue Lagoon

Use the day to explore the Golden Circle the highlighs of the southwest. Drive to Thingvellir, the National Park and the location for the oldest Parliament in the world. Drive from Thingvellr through Lyngdalsheidi to Laugarvatn. From there drive to Geysir and Gullfoss. From Gullfoss drive back to Reykjavik. This trip should take 6-8 hours, about 3 hours driving. There will be daylight through the night.
Enjoy Reykjavik. Overnight stay in Reykjavik

  • Option 2

Drive back to Reykjavik and enjoy the evening in the Reykavik capital
Overnight stay in Reykjavik

Day 5: Departure

Enjoy Reykjavik in the morning.
Departure from Keflavik Airport at in the afternoon

*If you choose a single room we will do our best to find you a single room without extra charge or a minimm single charge. Please make enquiry here below.
*If you choose a family room for 3 or more persons we will do our best to find you a better deal for you and your family/friends.

Race day to be confirmed in January/Februrary 2018.

From £655* per person based on 2 people sharing a rental car and double/twin room

*Subject to availability

The package includes:
- Small Hertz rental car, picked up and returned to Keflavik International Airport
- 2 nights accommodation Reykjavik, private facilities
- 2 nights in the countryside, private facilities
- Race fee
- Iceland Road Atlas and Map
- Detailed itinerary which we will help put together with you
- All Iceland contact number to help you to book accommodation and excursions should you decide to change your plans whilst on holiday

Additional Fees:
- Booking fee £10 per person
- ATOL Protection fee £2.50 per person (only applicable if flights are booked through All Iceland)
- Debit/credit card fees

Not included:
- Return flights from the UK (see bottom of page for airport choices)
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance
- Anything else not specifically listed under "this includes"

Useful links

Dettifoss Trail Run

Visit Reykjavik

Visit Akureyri


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Iceland offers the traveller an adventure in a beautiful and rugged landscape. However, experience shows that the forces of Icelandic nature can be harsh and inhospitable, and travellers are well-advised to exercise caution and respect for the country's natural environment. Please note, driving age limit in Iceland is 20 years old for passenger car (23 years for 4wd and minibusses), you must have a valid drivers licence and credit card for authorisation in order to book this holiday. More information and full details.

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