2015 Iceland Trail Running + Wellness Retreat

a six-day adventure in the land of fire and ice

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In August, a dozen women from across the U.S. arrived in Reykjavik, Iceland for a six-day trail running adventure in the highlands of Iceland.


Our adventure began in Landmannahellir, at the foot of Mt. Hekla, an active volcano covered in glacial ice. In this other-worldly place, hot water bubbles up from underground and sulfurous steam seeps from cracks between the rock lining the trails snaking across the gold- and orange-streaked rhyolite mountains.

“This is the adventure of a lifetime. The runs are fantastic and the leadership is excellent. You can focus on running because all the details are taken care of.”
— Lisa

In Iceland’s every-changing weather conditions, we were grateful for the lightweight, moisture-wicking running shirts provided by retreat sponsor Run Pretty Far, the thermo-regulating, wicking Merino-wool underwear provided by Pulse Activewear. 

“I was inspired by other women on the trip … I now have a completely different opinion regarding what I can personally do with running. Running and life in general has taken on a new look since my return.”
– Kristie


“This trip build back my confidence about my running … Somehow it came together in Iceland with Elinor’s help. But overall, the most helpful thing I was learned was I am running just fine and I still love it after all these years.”

Thórsmörk is a mountain ridge in Iceland that was named after the Norse god Thor. It is situated in the south of Iceland between the glaciers Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull.

“Running is an amazing gift that brings people together for enjoyment with the added benefit of being healthy! I really enjoyed being around such an inspiring group of women.”

In Þórsmörk, we explored the Laugarvegur track, which offers incredible views of Markarfljótsgljúfur canyon and valley of Þórsmörk, which means “The Land of the Gods”.

In healing waters of the Blue Lagoon, the locally procured silica mud masks refreshed our faces after days in the mountains.

Seljalandsfoss (which means “stellar falls”) is a 60-meter high waterfall so powerful it sends vibrations through your body.

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