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Iceland Trail Running + Wellness Retreat

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Reykjavík, Iceland 7 days
MON 2 AUG 2021 - SUN 8 AUG (UTC-07:00)
Register before 1 Apr 21 to hold your spot

Hotels & Huts | Mindful Running | Mountains + Valleys | Glacier Volcanoes | Geothermal Hot Springs | Black Sand Beach | Giant Waterfalls

Explore Southern Iceland and the Highlands in a way that leaves you plenty of time to tune in to what drives you in running and in life. Indulge in a week of things that are sure to feed your soul: travel, adventure, fun, education and great food. Through our practical running form clinics, informative discussions, mindful movement and free time for quiet contemplation, you’ll stop the energy drains and divert your energy back into your running.

During this fully supported seven-day, six-night women’s trail running retreat, you’ll run each day in a different location and is as inspiring as it is breathtakingly beautiful. Rather than finish this week feeling tired, you’ll come away rejuvenated and refreshed, thanks to Iceland’s incredible wild natural beauty, fresh Arctic air, pristine water and warm hospitality.

You’ll walk its world-famous black sand beach, run within view of its fiery volcanoes and (if the weather permits) see its gleaming glaciers. Part of this retreat is set in the Highlands, where you stay in a private lodge at the Volcano Huts, nestled deep in a glacier-carved river valley. And finally, cap your week in Iceland with a luxurious soak at the world-famous Blue Lagoon geothermal hot springs, whose mineral-rich waters will soothe your muscles and joints.

Become a durable, strong, motivated runner using these tools and techniques that will keep you healthy and injury free. Immerse yourself in the powerful healing energy of this vibrant, wild landscape as you run scenic trails at a pace that is playful, relaxed and social.

About the Run Distances

The total run distance for this retreat will be between approximately 38 and 45 miles. Each day’s run in this itinerary is represented by time spent on the trail rather than miles run because the mileage covered will depend largely on your run pace. Faster runners will cover more mileage than slower runners on some days. These run times include breaks to enjoy the views, take photos, eat and drink. The precise route and trails run may change due to changes to trail routes, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations.

Note that trail running in Iceland can be challenging at times. Your retreat leader will provide mindful running tips and techniques for managing your pace and navigating the uneven terrain. 

This Retreat is Level II

This retreat is rated Level II. This means it’s suitable for you if:

  • You’re comfortable running six days in a row. Our shortest run is 30 minutes, but most are between 3 to 4 hours (including hiking sections, water breaks and photo ops).
  • You have some experience running on trails and have the fitness to run at least 8 miles on the road.
  • You’re OK with running/hiking on trails with loose dirt, rocks, mud, and potentially one knee-deep river crossing.
  • You’re OK with getting your shoes wet in small streams.
  • You’re comfortable on high and exposed, and at times narrow, trails.
  • You’re game for running in the rain! (Don’t worry about what to wear; we provide you with a comprehensive packing list).
  • You don’t mind sharing a room (single travelers are matched with roommates) and sleeping in a mountain hut (equipped with cozy bedding, pillows, towel, full bathroom, showers, electricity, WIFI and running water).
  • You have (or are willing to acquire before the retreat) trail running shoes.

Learn more about how we manage run pacing here: https://runwildretreats.com/about-the-run-wild-retreat-experience/levels/

About the Run Distances

The total run distance for this retreat will be between approximately 38 and 45 miles. Each day’s run in this itinerary is represented by time spent on the trail rather than miles run because the mileage covered will depend largely on your run pace. Faster runners will cover more mileage than slower runners on some days. These run times include breaks to enjoy the views, take photos, eat and drink. The precise route and trails run may change due to changes to trail routes, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations.

Note that trail running in Iceland can be challenging at times. Your retreat leader will provide mindful running tips and techniques for managing your pace and navigating the uneven terrain. 

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About Iceland

Location : Iceland

THE DESTINATION

Iceland trail running stands alone. We’ve run in many parts of the world, yet none has delivered as much natural beauty and reward as this wild place. The ever-changing weather is a constant presence and demands our constant respect and preparedness. Our team provides the daily support and coaching you need to run well and be well.

Land of the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun, of Viking heritage and the most modern design imaginable, of magical folklore and friendly people, Iceland sits at the top of Europe with an abundance of history, metropolitan atmosphere, sublime dining and incredible natural landscapes. Iceland is home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe and some of the world’s most active volcanoes. Iceland is also the land of light and darkness. The Icelandic people (who will be our guides) of whom there are only 350,000, are some of the world’s friendliest and most welcoming people, not to mention their extreme pride for their culture beautiful country.

THE TRAILS

Our daily mileage varies from 4 to 9 miles, with most of it on trails of various surfaces. Some areas will be easy (soft, packed dirt and pebble paths), while other areas will be challenging, including steep ascents and descents on trails that can become muddy when wet. For this reason, trail-running shoes are mandatory.

THE WEATHER

The weather in Iceland can be summarized in one word: wet! Prepare for wet weather so if we’re treated to sunny, dry conditions (which does happen!), then it’s a bonus. Especially when we’re running along the southern coast, it can be cool and windy, and rain is highly likely. The average daytime temperatures are in the low- to mid-fifties, though it can reach the 60s on a sunny day. In the packing list we’ll supply for you, we highly recommend lightweight rain pants and a waterproof-breathable rain jacket. It won’t be raining the whole time, but for those times it is raining, you’ll be glad to have the right gear!

THE FOOD

The food in Iceland is rich and delicious, yet simple and not highly seasoned. Icelandic people savor the natural flavors found in the vegetables, seafood and meats that are dietary staples. You’ll enjoy fresh-caught seafood like chard, cod and haddock. Beef is rare, though lamb is another local favorite. Icelandic yogurt, butter and cheese is very rich, full of fat and flavor. Most vegetables are grown in massive geothermal-heated greenhouses found throughout the country’s inhabited areas. Have special dietary needs? Let us know in your retreat participant intake form and we’ll let you know what the options are for vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free eaters.

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The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Hot Springs

Your retreat package includes a two-hour soak in the natural geothermal hot springs known as The Blue Lagoon. Included in your package is a towel, a hydrating silica mud-mask treatment, a complimentary drink from the swim-up bar. After your soak, we convene in the Lava Dining Room for a three-course lunch. The change rooms provide shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair dryers. 
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Miðgarður Hotel, Reykjavik

Miðgarður rooms deliver modern amenities with clean, contemporary design. Every room comes packed with those little indulgences we love in a hotel room from the minibar to the flat screen TV. Free wifi and a shower also come as standard. If you book an executive room, stunning views and free access to the hotel spa will take your stay to another level.

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The Volcano Huts, Þórsmörk

Volcano Huts in Þórsmörk are located where the most famous hiking trails in Iceland meet. Here you'll find a home to stage your exploration in Þórsmörk and a place to rest after your long trek on your way through the Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls trails.

We stay in a private hut (small lodge) at the Volcano Huts in the Husadulur Valley. Despite being in a very remote mountain location, our hut and offers many modern comforts. We have an exclusive booking on a hut that sleeps 16 people (in two separate bunk rooms), includes a bathroom with flush toilet, kitchen, electricity and running water. At the nearby main lodge is free WIFI, hot showers, a bar and small gift shop. We provide bed linens, cozy comforters and towels.

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Hotel Vík í Mýrdal

A restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar/lounge are available at this modern Art Deco hotel. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a coffee shop/café, WiFi in public areas, and conference space. All 86 rooms provide free WiFi, coffee makers, and LCD TVs. Guests will also find TVs, hair dryers, and safes. LCD televisions are featured in guestrooms. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access.  

 

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Run Wild Retreats Gift Bag

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Mindful Running Workshops

Learn how to run more mindfully to become a better runner. This includes natural running form clinics during which you'll learn about the Power Posture: use proper alignment to make gravity do more of the work. This reduces the muscular force involved with running so it feels easier and less strenuous on muscles and joints.
Focus on efficiency: Use natural running techniques to drastically improve efficiency. You'll practice changing stride length, cadence and tempo on various types of terrain. Then put the pieces together to achieve the ultimate trail running experience. Learn to cultivate the circumstances for flow to occur by being relaxed and mindful.
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Add-on +US$32

Klean Kanteen Water Bottle

This 27-ounce custom-designed water bottle by Klean Kanteen features the exclusive "I Run Mindfully" graphic. The bottle is made from stainless steel and comes with the BPA-free, leak-proof sport cap that makes this bottle great for staying hydrated throughout the day. 
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Add-on +US$38

Transformational Travel Journal

Register by 23 Jul 2021

Begin your mindful travel experience before leaving home with the Transformational Travel Journal

This unique journal was thoughtfully written, based on the rigorous multi-disciplinary study by our friends at the Transformational Travel Council. Based on ancient wisdom, mythology, and contemporary science, it is more than a journal, it is an insightful guide to exploring the world, and your own backyard, more mindfully.

We invite you to begin dreaming and designing for your next journey today, from the inside out, learn to Travel with H.E.A.R.T., and Follow the P.A.T.H. Whether it is for you or an intrepid friend, this wise investment in travel will not only be life-affirming for the traveler but life-enhancing for others, and our civilization.

This journal guides into a deeper connection with yourself, with others, and the world around you. It also encourages time and space to reflect and make meaning of the experiences you have, and thereby, fostering a more intentional, virtuous, and heart-centric life while contributing to a more ethical, empathetic, equitable, and ecological world.

Transformational Travel is inherently about leaving our comfort zone and returning with new perspectives. It is a catalyst for growth, change, and positive impact. Price includes shipping. (A surcharge may apply to international orders.)

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