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Iceland Trail Running + Wellness Retreat PRIVATE GROUP

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Reykjavík, Iceland 7 days Contact us for Pricing
TUE 10 AUG 2021 - MON 16 AUG (UTC-07:00)

A Private Retreat for Your Group of up to 14 people

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

Gather together your running friends or run club members for this private group retreat. Run Wild Retreats set up everything for you, so you can simply show up and run. 

This retreat has it all: walk the world-famous black sand beach, run within view of Iceland's 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.

You will enjoy not only a professionally designed running retreat itinerary that showcases some of southern Iceland's most fantastic trail runs, but you'll enjoy the company of our fantastic and fun Iceland running guides, who will be with you during the program's five longest more adventurous runs. 

The price of the retreat depends on the number of people in your group. Group members can pay individually, or one person takes care of payment on the group's behalf. 

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Note about the itinerary: due to the complexity of this retreat itinerary and the high demand for tourism services in Iceland, everything is already pre-booked, so it's not possible to change dates, sequence or locations.
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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.

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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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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2 Nights at the 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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2 Nights at The Volcano Huts, Þórsmörk

Volcano Huts in Þórsmörk are located where the most famous hiking trails in Iceland meet. You'll 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 up to 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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2 Nights at the 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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Highlands Bus Charter

Included in your retreat package is the private charter of a bus specialized to drive through rivers in order to take you to the Volcano Huts. Stay warm and comfortable in this off-road vehicle designed to handle river fording, gravel roads and Iceland's unpredictable weather conditions. 
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CUSTOM GROUP TRIP ORGANIZING APP

Don't be intimidated by the prospect of managing your group's retreat! We make the process easy and completely in your control with a mobile app that can be customized specifically for your group's needs. We set up the initial private Trip Page and then invite you to join as  "Co-Planner." This gives you access to the group's contact information, your communications to the group, payment history and due dates and so much more. 

This App makes it easy to:
  • Keep track of who's coming and who hasn't yet committed
  • Keep track of who's paid for their spot (if paying individually)
  • Individual's add-ons or extra services 
  • See who's read the materials you sent and the tasks you've assigned them
  • See who has completed their required retreat participant intake forms
  • Keep track of special dietary needs and other requests 
  • Manage all your group emails in one trip planned activity feed
  • Organize any other tasks or actions you want your group members to take before and after the retreat
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Retreat Travel Specialist on Call

Our professional retreat travel planners will manage all your travel planning details. She will provide your group's designated retreat leader with a detailed itinerary from which to manage the program. While our staff won't be on site with your group, we are on call 24 hours while your retreat is taking place to assist you any time you need it. 
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Run Wild Retreats Gift Bag

Each member of your group receives an official Run Wild Retreats gift bag, which includes: 
  • Custom sublimated Performance Run Tee 
  • Zipper Travel Bag, great for storing toiletries and other small items
  • Engraved faux-leather luggage tag
  • Two Run Wild Retreats stickers
  • Run Wild Retreats Performance Run Hat by BoCo Gear 
  • Run Wild Retreats Custom Buff neck scarf

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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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Optional

Airport Pick Up for your Group

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We can arrange group or individual airport transfers from Keflavik International Airport to the hotel in downtown Reykjavik (approximately 45 minute travel time). Pricing depends on group size and number of transfers. 
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Optional

Travel Insurance Policy Quote

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Travel insurance is strongly recommended to protect your investment in this retreat and any unexpected expenses that may occur. In the event you or a family member becomes sick, injured or you need to stay home for work reasons, cancellation insurance may protect you.

We’ve partnered with Travel Guard to offer a personalized travel insurance package that includes cancellation of your trip for a variety of reasons. Travel Insurance can cover expenses association with such situations as:

  • trip delay
  • lost baggage
  • medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become ill or injured
  • you become sick or injured during the trip and need medical attention
  • trip cancellation
  • trip interruption
  • missed connection
  • cancel due to work reason

Travel Guard travel insurance plans that provide valuable coverage for travel mishaps and include 24/7 travel assistance. To have us issue you a travel insurance quote, select this Add-On to your booking. 

Then we will issue you a personalized, no-obligation quote for travel insurance. This policy is entirely optional. If you choose to purchase this policy, you will make payment directly to Travel Guard. 

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Reykjavík, Iceland
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