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Reykjavik Marathon 2016

Like to run a marathon in the world's most northerly capital?? Then you need to come to the Reykjavik Marathon. Every year at the end of the month August, the city of Reykjavik is welcoming runners from all over the world to run the Reykjavik Marathon and half marathon. The course will take you along some highlights the city has to offer. The marathon this year is on Saturday, August 22rd.
This package is based on arriving on the Wednesday before the marathon, and returning on the Monday after the marathon. It is no problem to add extra days or make the trip shorter if needed.
If you plan to take part you need to subscribe for the marathon yourself. You can do this through the website of the Reykjavik Marathon.

{PERIOD}

Wednesday 17.08.2016 until Monday 21.08.2016.
6 days-5 nights.

The Reykjavik Marathon is on Saturday August 20. That day we celebrate also the Reykjavik Culture Night.

Reykjavik Marathon website: http://www.marathon.is/reykjavik-marathon
Reykjavik Culture Day: http://en.menningarnott.is/

{ACCOMMODATION}

Cat. A: Budget hotel - Hotel Cabin or similar.
Cat B: Standard hotel - Hotel Skjaldbreid or similar.
www.hotelcabin.is

www.centerhotels.com/our-hotels/hotel-skjaldbreid

{RENTAL CAR}

Toyota Yaris or similar. (4 persons-3 doors)
Included in the price:

Unlimited KM, CDW insurance, Theft waiver, PAI, 1 extra driver and VAT.
Rental period is from day 2 in the morning until day 6 in the morning. Retruning the rental car is at the Keflavik International Airport. Total 4 day's rental.
You will recieve a roadbook with a detailed road description.

{PROGRAM}
The standard program is a 6 days-5 nights program. It is possible to add extra days to this program.

Wednesday August 17, 2016
Day 1. ... / KEFLAVIK / REYKJAVIK

On arriving at Keflavik International Airport, transfer to the accommodation in Reykjavik. Rest of the day free time in Reykjavik.

Thursday August 18, 2016
Day 2. GOLDEN CIRCLE

On the Golden Circle tour you can walk around the world-famous Geysir geothermal area, a geothermal field where hot springs are in abundance, geysers explode and pools of mud bubble. One of the Golden Circles many highlights is the Gullfoss waterfall, the queen of Iceland's waterfalls. Finally, but no less spectacular is a visit to the Þingvellir National Park. This is the original site of the oldest existing parliament in the world. The Great Atlantic rift is clearly visible, a rift that is slowly pulling Iceland apart along tectonic plates.
EXCURSION PACKAGE:
Pick up at the hotel between 08:30 and 09:00. Duration of the excursion 8 hours. Lunch is not included.
RENTAL CAR PACKAGE:
Between 08:30 and 09:00 you will be picked up at the hotel to go to the rental station. Once you have filled out the rental agreement you can start your trip driving the Golden Circle.

Friday August 19, 2016
Day 3. REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR + MARATHON EXPO

Today the runners need to go pick up their BIB nummer at the Reykjavik Marathon Expo. The expo is open in the afternoon and is located just outside the city center at the Laugardalur area. More information can be found at the official Reykjavik Marathon website.
EXCURSION PACKAGE:
Pick up at the hotel between 08:30 and 09:00 for a Reykjavik City Tour. Duration of the excursion 4 hours.
RENTAL CAR PACKAGE:
Driving around Reykjavik visiting the city.

Saturday August 20, 2016
Day 4. RACE DAY – MARATHON DAY

The start of the half and full marathon is at 08:40 at Lækjargata street.
Free afternoon and possible to book some extra excursions.

Sunday August 21, 2016
Day 5. BLUE LAGOON

Relaxing in the Blue Lagoon.
EXCURSION PACKAGE:
Several departure times from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon and back from the Blue Lagoon to Reykjavik. It is necessary to book the departure time in Reykjavik but not your return time back.
Departure times from Reykjavik: 
08:30-10:00-11:00-12:00-13:00-14:00-15:00-16:00
Departure times from the Blue Lagoon: 11:15-12:15-13:15-14:15-15:15-16:15-17:15-18:15-19:15-21:15-22:15
RENTAL CAR PACKAGE:
Blue Lagoon and visiting the Reykjanes Peninsula where the Blue Lagoon is located. If you don't want to stand in line when arriving at the Blue Lagoon, you need to book your arriving time at the Blue Lagoon. Driving time from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon is about 45 min.

Monday August 22, 2016
Day 6. REYKJAVIK / KEFLAVIK / ...

Going back home.
EXCURSION PACKAGE:
Depending on the flight back home, transfer from the accommodation to Keflavik International Airport.
RENTAL CAR PACKAGE:
You return the rental car to the International Airport of Keflavik.

{PRICES}

Prices are in EURO. Prices are subject to changes according to currency fluctuations and government tax regulations. All taxes, service charges and VAT are included.
Prices are per person and based on 2 people sharing a double room.

EXCURSION PACKAGES
Hotel Cat. A: €  per person:
Hotel Cat B.: €  per person.

RENTAL CAR PACKAGES
Hotel Cat. A: €  per person.
Hotel Cat B.: €  per person.

Prices will be published soon or contact us.

Included in the prices:

  • 5 nights hotel accommodation based on double room with breakfast
  • Airport transfer with bus on arriving
  • Airport transfer with bus on departure with excusion packages
  • Golden Circle excursion with excursion packages
  • Transport to the Bleu Lagoon and back with bus with excursion packages
  • Entrance fee to the Blue Lagoon
  • 4 days rental car + one way fee with rental car packages
  • Real road map of Iceland
  • Road book with rental car packages

{EXTRA SERVICE AND POSSIBLE OPTIONS}

  • Extra days before or after the standard program
  • Private airport transfer(s)
  • Whale watch tour
  • Golden Circle Super Truck tour with visit to Iceland's second largest glacier Langjökull + Option snow scooter ride on the glacier
  • Upgrade of the rental car
  • Possible to book this packges if you travel on your own

{INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS}

The flights to and from Iceland are not included. You need to book this online and I recommend to book your flights directly with Icelandair.
 

{THE COURSE}

The course of the Reykjavik Marathon is unique, and very scenic. The marathon is one lap (except for the last part, as it goes nearly the same route as in the beginning of the race). The race starts and finishes downtown within sight of the pond and the city hall. The location is unbeatable, considering that a large number of hotels are within 5 to 10 minutes walking distance from the start of the race.

The first part of the course runs through a residential area where many of the inhabitants come out of their houses to cheer the runners on. This is followed by a section where the runners pass along the seaside and have excellent views of the ocean, but also of the mountains surrounding Reykjavik, including Esjan and the Snæfellsjökull glacier. Participants in the marathon also run through the Elliðaárdal valley, the location of one of the country’s more popular salmon-fishing rivers, a small waterfall, and some woodland. In the last part of the race, the participants pass a number of famous buildings, including Höfdi House, a Reykjavik City Council reception venue where US President Ronald Reagan and USSR General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev met for a summit in 1986.

Most of the race takes place on the streets of the city, although parts of the route are run on tracks, particularly the seaside and salmon river sections.

The course is measured by certified AIMS measurer and accredited by the Icelandic Athletic Federation.

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