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TRAIL RUNNING ADVENTURE AND 55k LAUGAVEGUR ULTRA

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Overview - 7- day running trip and race in July 10th – 17th, 2017

Run the trails and ancient pathways that cover this astounding landscape on this volcanic island full of massive waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes and geysers. Join us in Iceland in July, where you will chase the light and run the trails. Summer days are long and enjoyable since July sees 24 hours of daylight before the sun arcs low in the sky and finally sets.

For those who who want to see and experience the beauty of Iceland up close and personal while getting off the road and on the trails. We have a great program for you that takes you from Reykjavik to Thorsmork Valley and will include some most spectacular locations in Thorsmork and all of Iceland. Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Fimmvörðuháls Pass between the two glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.

We will make our way up to the two twins volcanoes that emerged after the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010. Iceland enjoys some of the most breathtaking and rugged topography in the world and far more green than Greenland, which is covered in ice. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the spectacular landscape in Iceland on single track trail and will have an opportunity to enjoy these trails and ancient paths, eat local food, and spend nights in comfortable lodging in Reykjavik and Thorsmork. A passage back in time in a landscape raw and prehistoric.

Many tourists go to Reykjavik but this is a opportunity to see some of the most spectacular and natural places in Iceland in a way that most never get to see or know. Legendary Trails will be scheduled before the Laugavegur Ultra so that you can truly enjoy doing what you love: racing and exploring the country by trail. Trail distances we will cover in Thorsmork in the days leading up to the 55k Laugavegur Ultra will be be between 5k – 20k.

Highlights
  • 7-Day adventure in Iceland
  • 2 days enjoying the capital coastal city of Reykjavik
  • Trekking in Thorsmork Valley
  • Massive waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes and geysers
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Fimmvörðuháls Pass between the two glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Reykjavik Hotel 4****
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Thorsmork Valley Mountain Huts
  • All airport transfers and ground Transportation
  • Authentic Locally Sources Meals in Thorsmork
  • Experienced local guides for trekking
  • Entry fees to all parks
  • Option to register for the Laugavegur 2017 Ultramarathon. Only guaranteed if booking by January 2017
More Information

Run the trails and ancient pathways that cover this astounding landscape on this volcanic island full of massive waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes and geysers. Join us in Iceland in July, where you will chase the light and run the trails. Summer days are long and enjoyable since July sees 24 hours of daylight before the sun arcs low in the sky and finally sets.

For those who who want to see and experience the beauty of Iceland up close and personal while getting off the road and on the trails. We have a great program for you that takes you from Reykjavik to Thorsmork Valley and will include some most spectacular locations in Thorsmork and all of Iceland. Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Fimmvörðuháls Pass between the two glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.

We will make our way up to the two twins volcanoes that emerged after the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010. Iceland enjoys some of the most breathtaking and rugged topography in the world and far more green than Greenland, which is covered in ice. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the spectacular landscape in Iceland on single track trail and will have an opportunity to enjoy these trails and ancient paths, eat local food, and spend nights in comfortable lodging in Reykjavik and Thorsmork. A passage back in time in a landscape raw and prehistoric. Many tourists go to Reykjavik but this is a opportunity to see some of the most spectacular and natural places in Iceland in a way that most never get to see or know. Legendary Trails will be scheduled before the Laugavegur Ultra so that you can truly enjoy doing what you love: racing and exploring the country by trail. Trail distances we will cover in Thorsmork in the days leading up to the 55k Laugavegur Ultra will be be between 5k – 20k.

  • Join hundreds of trail runners from all across Iceland for this very special race that showcases one of the countries best trail running areas. The course is multi-terrain; sand, gravel, grass, snow, ice, rivers and streams… and is well marked. It takes runners through areas of outstanding natural beauty at the same time as being a challenging course.
  • The Laugavegur Ultramarathon in Landmannalaugar which is approximately 600 meters over sea level. Hrafntinnusker is the highest point of the route, a little less than 1100 meters over sea level. The total climb is about 1900 meters and a total of 2200 meters downhill. The run ends in Þórsmörk, about 200 meters above sea level.
  • Landmannalaugar is not only a highly interesting place in geological sense but also for its history and vegetation. Most important though is the beauty of the surroundings. Such a multiplicity of colors and shapes are not to be found in any other place in the nature. This fact and the comfortable natural bath has made Landmannalaugar the most visited spot in the uninhabited areas of Iceland.

 

 

Additional lodging nights may be booked and arranged through us if you plan to stay additional days in Iceland, in Reykjavik. Just book them when booking your trip and confirm the dates with us.

** Guests or companions – guests or companions who like to run or hike but who do not want to race in the ultra are welcome to participate and join us on this trip. Pricing is the same and they can support you at the race on race day or consider another half day excursion.

***Group Discounts – for scheduled running trip and race: In our ongoing efforts to accommodate small group travel we will offer discounts for groups of 8 or more registering together for one of our scheduled running trips with race. Contact registration@lostworldstravel.com with any questions.**

****Tailored group trips – If you have a group of 10 and want to just do the guided running trip portion of the trip we can offer a tailored running trip for your group any week of your choosing. Contact registration@lostworldstravel.com with any questions.***

  • Day 1 – ARRIVAL DAY TO REYKJAVIK
    We arrive in Reykjavik check into our hotel, have a group dinner in downtown Reykjavik at a cool gastropub.
  • Day 2 – BUS TRANSFER FROM REYKJAVIK TO THORSMORK VALLEY
    Pick up at your hotel/guesthouse in Reykjavík between 7:00 and 7:30 am.
    On the way to Thorsmork we will travel along the beautiful South shore of Iceland and stop at the enormous Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind it as the water falls off the cliffs. We continue on to Thorsmork over un-bridged rivers stopping by an impressive Gigjokull, the glacial tongue at the back of Eyjafjallajokull glacier. Once in Thorsmork, there is a lot to see and we will spend the day exploring the trails in this unique valley.
  • From Básar we will head to Langidalur crossing a bridge on wheels, specially constructed to make possible the crisscrossing of the glacial strong river Króssa, which can change its stretch during the seasons of the year.
    Our drive will be broken up by enjoying a run on Valahnjúkur mountain with a beautiful overview on the valley and Laugavegur Trek area. We will make our way to the Húsadalur Valley and to a Song cave hidden in rocks behind another waterfall.
    Lodging at guest house
    In the evening your guide will prepare a nice meal and tasty desert. Trail run distance: 10 km (6 miles) Ascent: 220m. Drive time to Thorsmork Valley: 3-3,5 hrs.
  • Day 3 – THORSMORK VALLEY
    We leave Thorsmork early in the morning and head for the famous Fimmvörðuháls Pass between the two glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. We run up to the two twins volcanos emerged after the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010, Magni and Móði the sons of Thor. On the trail you will pass by a ”waterfall” of lava formed as a consequence of the same volcano eruption. This is a fantastic area that showcases the dramatic forces and geodynamic activity still shaping Iceland and the very earth itself. There are fantastic and breathtaking views over the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier and Volcano, Mýrðalsjökull Glacier with its Katla Volcano underneath and Thorsmork Valley.
  • We return to the guest house in the late afternoon to relax and enjoy the traditional barbecued Icelandic lamb meat.
  • Trail run distance: 16k (10 miles) Ascent: 1000 m (3280 ‘)
  • Lodging at guest house
  • Day 4 – THORSMORK AND BACK TO REYKJAVIK
    After breakfast at the guest house we take a final trail run along the glacial river enjoying the stunning beauty of Strákagil Canyon. You will be surrounded by huge rocks, mountains and the raw and stark beauty of the area.
  • In the afternoon we leave Thorsmork and return to Reykjavík arriving around dinner time (19:30)
  • Trail run distance: 8 km (5 miles) Ascent: 220m (721 ́)
  • Drive time to back to Reykjavik: 3-3,5 hrs.
  • Day 5 – FREE DAY IN REYKJAVIK
    Distance: 15 miles / Time: 6-10 hours / Difficulty: Very Strenuous / Elevation Change: +3,420, -5,400 / Camp Elevation: 9,500 feet
  • Day 6 – RACE DAY
    Return transfer to Reykjavik
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Linus Kumpaitis

Linus has been guiding people through some of the most remote and interesting parts of Iceland for 5+ years. Whether trekking through ice canyons, over glaciers or on top of volcanoes he leads a variety of adventure expeditions each year. He has tremendous enthusiasm, knowledge love for the the country of Iceland and we are glad to have joining our team at Lost Worlds Travel.

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Rob Harsh

Since 1993 Rob has traveled to over 20 countries leading people on climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and multi-sport adventures. He has experience as a certified Mountain Guide and Search and Rescue Practitioner, climbing mountains on five continents and is a veteran of over fifty expedition adventure races and ultra running events. Rob now enjoys developing one of a kind adventures that create opportunities for people to explore the world through conscious travel. Through bridging the gap between ancient wisdom and modern knowledge he offers transformative experiences that explore the land, culture and mythology of each destination, supporting people in stepping beyond their comfort zones, expanding their perspectives and learning universal wisdom that can be applied in overcoming perceived challenges in any area of life.

As a Conscious Coach and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner, Rob has completed studies in Meditation, Eastern Philosophy, Western Psychology, Energy & Sound Healing, Shamanic Practices and Plant Medicine. He has also coached individuals in the areas of Fitness, Nutrition, Physiology, Health and the Athlete’s Mindset. Rob holds a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Health from Illinois State University and has 20 years experience in Environmental Sustainability.

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Tim Holmstrom

As a photographer, journalist or race organizer Tim has traveled to more than 30 countries in the last 25 years.

Some personal highlights include crewing on a replica of the tall ship Endeavor through the Panama Canal and Galapagos Islands. Participating in a Kava ceremony with village elders on the Fijian island of Waya. Spending days photographing Sea Gypsies on the islands off Borneo. His first significant and sobering rappel was down a series of waterfalls and basins in a canyon in Reunion Island off Madagascar. He’s trekked the Inca Trail in Peru and Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. Wandering among the high dunes in The Western Sahara under a brilliant moon. Navigating through coastal dunes of the Nordeste region of Brazil and their amazing array of multi-colored pools of water.

As a photographer he’s captured iconic images for international multi-day endurance events such as Eco Challenge and Primal Quest. He has also founded and produced successful destination races such as The Coastal Challenge Expedition Run in Costa Rica and Lost Worlds Racing and Lost Worlds Travel.

His work and travels have taken him to wild and remote destinations around the world and have allowed him the opportunity to immerse in local cultures, and break through his own barriers, shifting his perspectives of what’s possible and seeing the world through new eye’s.

“My own experiences and areas of interest have helped me realize how much I enjoy creating opportunities for people to challenge themselves. My hope is that through adventure travel we may continue to inspire people to attempt to achieve goals that may seem beyond any perceived limitations. It is gratifying to see people attempt and succeed. If they fail it is always equally inspiring to see them discover and tap into the inner resources that allow them to try again and succeed.”

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Aurelio Michelangelo

Has been involved with trail running in his mother country of Italy for over 25 years.

He has also planned and guided trail running experiences in various countries around the world but like everyone who has visited Iceland, he now feels like he could spend a lifetime exploring trails here and guiding trips for others to show them the beauty of this incredible island in the North.

  • Warm jacket, fleece, primaloft or similar
  • Rain jacket with a hood, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar
  • Rain trousers, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar
  • Gloves, wool or synthetic, preferable waterproof
  • Hiking socks
  • Warm hat and/or balaclava
  • small backpack or daypack for daily use
  • Sleeping bag and travel pillow. A light sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating will be
    sufficient
  • Liner if you rent the sleeping bag
  • Gloves
  • Towel
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Tooth brush and personal toiletries
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen (high protection, the sun in Iceland can be really strong)
  • Water bottle
  • Small personal first aid kit (compeed and tape for blisters)
  • Pain killers such as aspirin or ibuprofen
  • DONT FORGET TO BRING EXTRAS OF IMPORTANT HEALTH SUPPLIES OR SPECIAL
    PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE IN CASE YOU NEED ANY
  • Capaline/Polypro top and bottom
  • Hiking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Camera, batteries, memory card
  • Headlamp for any trips in late season, after august 10th.
  • Earplugs/Sleep mask
  • First Aid Items – Small. We provide a larger kit for the group
  • Headlamp w/spare batteries
  • Trekking Poles – Highly recommended
  • Camera
  • Nalgene bottle
  • Snack foods to supplement standard meals.
  • Ear plugs
  • sleeping bag/sleeping mat
  • Camp Soap/Shampoo
  • Small camp towel
  • Disposable wipes
  • Hand sanitizer– Small
  • Sunscreen
  • Knife or multitool – Optional
  • Duct tape, Blister Kit
  • Journal – Optional
  • 2 photocopies of your passport

Cost:

    • VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY. Please contact registration@lostworldstravel.com for current availability, exact dates, pricing or with any questions

       

Single Occupancy Add On and Group Pricing Available

Exclusions:

  • International Airfare
  • Single occupancy option, unless specifically requested
  • Tips for guides, porters and cooks
  • Personal drinks, snacks, food, and gifts
  • Additional lodging not outlined
  • Meals in Reykjavik not outlined or while in transit
  • Alcohol and desserts
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control
  • Skills:
    • Be able to walk carrying a pack of at least 10 pounds over uneven terrain up to 2 – 4 hours

    We have designed this trip to be completed by anybody with a good level of physical fitness and good mental preparation.  As this program is all about helping people break through barriers and achieving goals, we offer a coaching program to anyone wishing to improve their conditioning and skills prior to the trip.

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  • Laugavegur Ultramarathon:
    • The race is very strict on the time limit, 4 hours at Alftavatn (aprox 22 km) and 6 hours at Emstrur (aprox 38 km).
  • The route has demanding hills that most runners walk up so it is also recommended incorporate hill training and power walking into your trail workouts.
  • The course is one of the most beautiful in Iceland, stretching from Landmannalaugar in the highlands to Þórsmörk, a natural reservation area. The trail is clearly designated with markers, and there will be a staff along the course to guide runners along the trail. Normally, this distance is hiked in four days..

 

  • Join hundreds of trail runners from all across Iceland for this very special race that showcases one of the countries best trail running areas. The course is multi-terrain; sand, gravel, grass, snow, ice, rivers and streams… and is well marked. It takes runners through areas of outstanding natural beauty at the same time as being a challenging course.
  • The Laugavegur Ultramarathon in Landmannalaugar which is approximately 600 meters over sea level. Hrafntinnusker is the highest point of the route, a little less than 1100 meters over sea level. The total climb is about 1900 meters and a total of 2200 meters downhill. The run ends in Þórsmörk, about 200 meters above sea level.
  • Landmannalaugar is not only a highly interesting place in geological sense but also for its history and vegetation. Most important though is the beauty of the surroundings. Such a multiplicity of colors and shapes are not to be found in any other place in the nature. This fact and the comfortable natural bath has made Landmannalaugar the most visited spot in the uninhabited areas of Iceland.

Limited Availability for next summer.

For pricing and availability contact registration@lostworldstravel.com

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Limited Availability for next summer. For pricing and availability contact registration@lostworldstravel.com