D1Mývatn - Eilífsvötn
We meet 8:00 at the information centre at the heart of Reykjahlíð which is the village by Lake Mývatn. Mývatn is known for its geological wonders and some of them we get to know during our first kilometers running as we stumble across hot springs, mud pools, sulfuric ares and not to mention the volcano of Krafla. The last period of eruptions in Krafla lasted 9 years, from 1975 - 1984. The area we will run through during the next days was highly affected by these eruptions and earthquakes that followed. The youngest lava from the Krafla eruptions is very black and quite the opposite to the geothermal areas. Our campsite of today is by the impressive lake Eilífsvötn which stands by the mountain of Eilífur.
Distance: 23km (14 miles)
D2Eilífsvötn - Dettifoss - Hljóðaklettar
Today’s run offers a journey through a typical northern heath landscape until we reach Europe´s most powerful waterfall: Dettifoss. Despite its height, 45meters, it´s caudal is close to 193m3/sec. Now we have entered the National Park of Vatnajökull and during our run we will have the huge canyon of Jökulsárgljúfur visible to our right. On today’s route we pass by the pure and fresh water springs of Hólmatungur which lead into the glacial river of the canyon. Todays campsite is in Vesturdalur close to Hljóðaklettar (Echo rocks) which are very well eroded ancient volcanoes by the Jökulsá river.
Distance: 35km (22 miles)
D3Hljóðaklettar - Svínadalur - Ásbyrgi
At Hljóðaklettar we can find some interesting rock formations, such as basalt columns, caves and honeycomb weathering. We visit the Svínadalur valley which has been deserted since 1946 and on our way we pass by two rock pillars, believed to be Trolls. We head north, still following the canyon of Jökulsárgljúfur, and reach the southern end of the horse shoe shaped Ásbyrgi canyon. According to northern mythology the horse of Odinn, Sleipnir, is believed to have touched ground with one of its hooves at Ásbyrgi and left the canyon as a mark. We enter the canyon and follow it till we reach it´s lake, surrounded by up to 100m high cliffs.
Distance: 20km (12 miles)
Included: A local running guide for 3 days, transport of luggage from campsite to campsite, full board for 3 days (except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 3), including introduction to local food, camping fee for 2 nights.
Group size: 8 - 12 persons
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Tour price: 105.000 ISK (618 EUR)
Supplement for 6-7 persons: 25.000 ISK
17.7 - 19.7 2013
8.8 - 10.8 2013 (Optional: compete in the Dettifoss trail run)
28.8 - 30.8 2013