Iceland Volcano Marathon & Half 2024

24 August 2024
  • Adventure
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon

Run Through a Geological Hot Spot with the 2024 Iceland Volcano Marathon

Set near Lake Mývatn, at the divergent boundaries of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, the Iceland Volcano Marathon route will take you on an adventure through a hotbed of geothermal activity with geysers, hot springs, and lava rock.

The route traverses single-track trail, plains of lava lock, and several minor volcano craters. The massive Hverfjall crater is a wonderful focus point on the route. As they run the rim of the crater, runners will pass through soft, black volcanic sand, as well as through the ethereal lava fields known as Dimmuborgir, or “Dark Fortress,” and under a wild natural arch. Here at Marathon Tours & Travel, we will take care of your accommodation, entry and logistics so you can focus on you the challenge ahead.


Meals Included

Meals Included

Enjoy daily breakfasts & a post-race celebratory dinner



Our English-speaking tour leader will support you



Transportation Reykjavik-Mývatn / Húsavík & return

Trip Extension

Trip Extension

Trip extension available upon request



Various hotels, from economy to deluxe



Guaranteed race entry for a distance of your choice

Celebration Party

Celebration Party

Celebration dinner with transportation included



Selection of excursions available

Travel Package Information

  • Itinerary

    • Iceland Volcano Marathon 2024 Itinerary - subject to change/5 Nights/21st - 26th August, 2024

      Wednesday 21st August, 2024
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      Arrival Day – Welcome to Iceland!

      Arrive at Reykjavík. The day is yours to discover the world’s northernmost capital city at your own speed!

      Thursday 22nd August, 2024
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      Iceland’s Scenic West Coast & Race Briefing

      After an early breakfast, board the bus for a scenic drive up along the west coast of Iceland. Along the way, the guide will tell you about Iceland. In the afternoon, you will reach Akureyri, known as “The Capital of the North,” which lies just 100 km (62 miles) away from the Arctic Circle. Here, race officials will provide a race briefing and distribute your goodie bags while we enjoy a snack meal. After the briefing, continue to Mývatn/Húsavík, where you will get settled into your hotel.

      Friday 23rd August, 2024
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      Mývatn Route Highlights

      On today’s tour you will visit some of the places that are on the marathon route including Dimmuborgir, Hverfjall and Hverir solfataras. Enjoy the sights of lava structures, craters and boiling sulphur mud pits before a visit to the steaming grounds in Bjarnarflag where locals bake their known Geyser bread. Meet a local who will explain the story behind the tradition and you’ll have a chance to taste a bread baked in the nature‘s oven heated by the geothermal heat from our geysers.

      Saturday 24th August, 2024
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      Race Day

      Today is the big day – the Iceland Volcano Marathon is on! Runners will have the rare opportunity to run the dirt and gravel roads around the majestic Hverfjall crater. At the finish line, a BBQ lunch will be served to participants. Shuttle busses will then take all participants back to their hotels.

      Sunday 25th August, 2024
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      Relaxation, Optional Excursions & Celebration Dinner

      Spend the day on an excursion or take in the stunning nature surrounding Mývatn/Húsavík at your own pace. In the late afternoon, you will meet to celebrate yesterday’s achievements with a festive dinner.

      Monday 26th August, 2024
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      Farewell Iceland or Hello Extension!

      After an early breakfast, you will board shuttle busses that will drive through Reykjavík to Keflavik International Airport (KEF). Expected arrival at Keflavik Airport is 14:30. Knowing this, it is not advisable to book your flight out of Iceland earlier than 16:30* on this day. Not ready for the adventure to end? Join one of our optional extensions or book extra nights in Reykjavík.

  • Extensions

    • Optional Day Excursions

      Golden Circle Tour (1.5 hours) – August 21 (Time TBD)

      The bus will pick us up at our hotel in Reykjavik and take us east for a visit to the Golden Circle. Our first stop will be at Thingvellir National Park – the only place on Earth where the mid-Atlantic rift, dividing the American and Eurasian Continental Plates, is visible above sea-level. Next, we will visit Geysir – Iceland’s famous geyser which can hurl up boiling water to heights reaching 70 meters. Even if the famous Geysir is not so active itself anymore, the entire area of Haukadalur Valley is full of geothermal activity and hot pools – including the much more active Strokkur geyser that regularly shoots water to heights between 20 and 40 meters. Our last stop is the massive waterfall Gullfoss. Although it’s neither the largest nor tallest it is arguably one of Iceland most beautiful waterfalls with its two plateaus. We will be back in Reykjavik in the evening, and being summer in the arctic the nights are light, so there’s still ample opportunity to explore the capital of Iceland on your own

      Wild Waterfalls (5 – 6 hours) –  August 25 (8:00 AM)

      In a canyon known as Jökulsárgljúfur, visitors can witness many of these magnificent waterfalls – including one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe: Dettifoss. This waterfall is 45 meters high and an incredible 100 meters wide and is the largest waterfall in Iceland in terms of water volume. Within walking distance (approx .75 mile) lies another breathtaking scene: the Selfoss waterfall, which cascades 11 meters down. The scenery around both these waterfalls is picture-perfect – they have, in fact, been featured in various Hollywood productions. The third waterfall that we will visit is called Hafragilsfoss; a true hidden gem in Iceland. Although most tourists overlook this spot, it provides a breathtaking view of the canyon and the mighty river that forms it – with the additional perk of being less crowded! We’ll drive about 1.3 miles up a dirt road and then take a short hike to an amazing view above the 27-meter-high falls. Minimum number of participants per day is 25. (Transportation and boxed lunch included)

      Lofthellir Ice Cave (5 hours) – Offered August 25 (8:00 AM or 10:30 AM)

      The Lofthellir Ice Cave is a lava tunnel filled with permafrost ice. The cave boasts incredible ice formations, some of which are hundreds of years old, that have been formed by dripping water over the course of time. The tour will start from the Lake Mývatn area, and we will drive past some incredible geology, including the volcano Mt. Hverfjall, and along the Lúdentarborgir crater row. Once we reach the base of Mt. Hvannfell, there will be a 30-minute guided hike across lava fields to the entrance of the Lofthellir cave. There you will be provided with equipment to safely navigate the cave. We will travel slowly into the cave in a single line. Your cave guide will help you to move safely through the cave. The entrance is the narrowest part of the cave and participants will need to crawl on all fours to pass through. Past that point, every step you take into the cave will open to more and more space! A lost world of ice and magic awaits, frozen in time and in space.  The Lofthellir Ice Cave is a protected area and is privately owned by local landowners. Only a limited number of tours are allowed in, and all tours are operated by certified cave guides. The goal of the cave protection is to operate sustainable cave tours and preserve this incredible sight for future generations to explore – thus, in every ticket a fee is included for the protection program and local landowners. Minimum number of participants per departure is 6 and Maximum number of participants per departure is 10.

      Please note: This tour is not for people with claustrophobia, young children, or people that are not in reasonable physical condition. Gloves and water-proof pants are recommended.


      • Return transfers from the hotel to the cave
      • Guide
      • (1) hour of cave exploration
      • Packed lunch
      • Safety equipment: helmet, head lamp and studded boots

      Whale Safari (7 hours, including 3.5 hours sailing) –  Offered August 25 (8:00 AM)

      Húsavík is often called the capital of whale watching in Iceland, and a day spent looking for these magnificent animals is an unforgettable experience. There are 12 species that can be considered common visitors, including, among others, the minke whale, humpback whale, orca, and even harbour porpoises! Hopefully, we’ll also spot some Icelandic puffins flocking around. The original Húsavík Whale Watching Tour is run in a traditional Icelandic oak boat and is operated by one of the pioneers of whale watching in Iceland. The professional crews on the whale watching boats are specifically trained in responsible conduct with the whales and will guide and inform you the whole way. They even offer you hot cocoa and cinnamon buns! Participants that are staying in Mývatn will have two (2) hours either before or after the trip (depending on departure time) to explore the picturesque town of Húsavík and purchase lunch. Húsavík has a variety of lovely restaurants on the harbour, a whale watching museum, a NASA museum, and plenty of shops.

      • 45-minute (each way) transfers for Myvatn participants to Husavik
      • Boat trip
      • (2) hours  in Husavik

      Geothermal Nature Baths (3 – 4 hours) – August 24 (7:00 PM)

      After your race (or a tiring day spent cheering), give your muscles a treat and take a soak in the restorative natural waters. The mineral-rich waters will soothe your skin while the warmth relaxes you. At this time of year, the sun still sets quite late, so you can savor a slow sunset as you bask in the water and enjoy the views. Bring your suit & towel (or rent towel at reception). Lockers are included.

      Mývatn participants: The area around Mývatn is a hotspot for geological activity. One of the byproducts of this is geothermal water – some of which has been used to form the Jardbödin Nature Baths. While the Nature Baths’ lagoon is manmade, the water is drawn up from a hot spring with a depth of 2.500 meters and is about 130 degrees C when it reaches the surface. This hot spring forms a basin which is then used to fill the lagoon. The lagoon itself averages between 36-40 degrees C, and the water is rich with minerals that are considered to have a positive effect on skin.

      In addition to the lagoon, the Mývatn Nature Baths offer two steam baths that are built directly on top of the geothermal area. There are windows in the steam baths so guests can enjoy the magnificent view, and cool showers right outside to relieve the heat. There is also a café in the facilities where guests can purchase a variety of food, sweets, and drinks.

      This excursion includes bus travel to and from the Nature Baths as well as the entrance fee. The excursion will begin around 7:30PM, and the bus will bring you back to your hotel after 2-3 hours have been spent in the Nature Baths. The Baths do not close until 11PM.

      Gems of Myvatn Buggy Adventure | August 25, 2024

      Depart from picturesque Hella Farm, nestled within the Mývatn Nature Reserve, and venture into the untouched beauty of the north of Lake Mývatn. Traverse private lands and embark on a journey through black sand deserts, volcanic areas, and hidden trails. During your tour you will learn about the rich history and vibrant culture of Mývatn as you explore off-the-beaten-path locations, gaining insights that make each stop a captivating experience.

      The user-friendly Buggies or UTVs are very easy to drive, providing a comfortable and safe ride. A lesson on operating the UTV buggy is included (a drivers license is required).


      *Please note that if the min. number is not reached for all excursions, we reserve the right to either move participants to another departure day or cancel the excursion. If the excursion is canceled, you will be refunded.

      Additional details will be shared after you book your tour and excursions.

      All itineraries subject to change.

  • Packages & Rates

    • Iceland Volcano Marathon Tour | Five-Night Package | August 21 – 26, 2024

      2024 Rates Coming Soon


      • Five nights at selected property (1 night in Reykjavik/4 nights in Mývatn)
      • Transportation Reykjavik-Mývatn – Reykajavik/airport
      • Myvatn Highlights excursion
      • Meals as listed on the itinerary
      • Sightseeing as listed on the itinerary
      • Transportation to/from start and finish area
      • All hotel taxes
      • Pre-race briefing
      • Celebration dinner including transportation
      • Services of Albatros Adventure Marathons Staff

      Not Included:

      • Flights to/from Iceland
      • Arrival transport from Keflavik-Reykjavik
      • Race entry fee
      • All activities listed as optional excursions
      • Meals not listed on the itinerary
      • Gratuities and tips
      • Incidentals
      • Travel Insurance

      Note: Getting from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik city is roughly a 45 minutes’ drive. The Airport Direct shuttle is an easy and convenient service and drop off at your hotel can be added when booking your seat.


      Roundtrip airfare is the responsibility of each client. Your passport should be valid for six (6) months after your last expected day in Iceland. You should have at least two full pages available in your passport.

  • Hotels

  • Event Information

    • Race Date: August 24, 2024

      Race Time: 7:30 AM. The Marathon and Half-Marathon will start together, Quarter Marathon to start shortly after.

      Course: The Iceland Volcano Marathon is run on a variety of surfaces, including asphalt, soft volcanic sand, volcanic rock, gravel, and dirt. Although the race can be run in normal running shoes, trail running shoes are recommended if one is hoping for top placement.  You can view a course map here and the elevation chart here.


      The Icelandic late-summer is not known to be warm. Expect temperatures between 41-51 degrees F (5-11 degrees Celsius). If we are lucky, temperatures may rise to 59 degrees Fahrenheit. Icelandic weather is notoriously fickle, and rain can be expected at any time.


      • Marathon – 18 years +
      • Half-Marathon 16 years +
      • Quarter Marathon 8 years + (those under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult)

      Time Limit:

      • Marathon – 7 hours (must finish by 2:00 PM). Five hour cut-off point at the 20 mile marker.
      • Half-Marathon – 7 hours (must finish by 2:00 PM)
      • Quarter Marathon (must finish by 2:00 PM)


      Everyone who finishes their running event within the time limit will receive a Finisher Medal and Race short

      Difficulty: The course difficulty is challenging

  • Registration & Booking

    • Rates: All prices are based on current exchange rates may change due to currency fluctuations.

      Race Entry: Guaranteed entry is additional and not included in the package cost.

      Eligibility: Marathon Tours & Travel, an authorized tour operator, is required to offer travel arrangements in conjunction with guaranteed race entry. Marathon Tours & Travel is authorized to sell to a resident of a country where there is not an existing official Tour Operator.

      Cancellations: All payments, including your deposit, are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Non-transferrable includes applying your balance to another person, another year or another trip. Should you cancel for any reason, you will forfeit your trip investment. Therefore, travel insurance for every trip is highly recommended. All cancellations must be received in writing.

      Not included in price: All items not specifically listed under tour features.

      Insurance: For your protection, trip cancellation, baggage, health and accident insurance is highly recommended for all participants. However, no representation or description of the insurance made by our staff constitutes a binding assurance or promise about the insurance.

      Security Policy: Marathon Tours & Travel’s security policy requires that anyone staying in our room block must be registered as part of our package. If a registered client attempts to house a non-registered guest and /or invite them to attend any of our scheduled activities, the registered guest’s tour package will be forfeited and parties may be denied access to future tours. Please note that no exceptions will be made as this policy will be strictly enforced.

      Responsibility: These tours are operated by Marathon Tours, Inc. of Chelsea, MA who acts only as an agent for the passenger to the companies offering such services and assumes no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity caused by any reason whatsoever by any party offering such services. All terms and conditions offered are governed by the laws of Massachusetts. The right is reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure with a refund, less applicable credit card and processing fees, made as full settlement to the passenger. The right is reserved by Marathon Tours, Inc. to deny acceptance of a booking application by any person. Marathon Tours, Inc. may make any changes or alterations in the itinerary as it deems necessary for the proper handling of the tour. The sole responsibility of any airline used is limited to that set out in the passenger contract evidenced by the ticket. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time that the passengers are not on board their aircraft.