Iceland Trail Running + Wellness Retreat
retreat for women August 7 – 13, 2017
Hotels & Huts | Guided Trail Runs | Coaching | Geothermal Hot SpringsAugust 7 - 13, 2017
A women’s Iceland trail running retreat in the land of fire and ice
Part running vacation, part wellness retreat, we’ll explore Southern Iceland and the Highlands in a way that leaves you
plenty of time to tune in to what drives you in running and in life. Indulge in a week of things that are sure to feed
your soul: travel, adventure, fun, education and great food.
Through our practical running form clinics, informative discussions, mindful movement and free time for quiet
contemplation, you’ll stop the energy drains and divert your energy back into your running.
Become a durable, strong, motivated runner using these tools and techniques that will keep you healthy and
injury free. Immerse yourself in the powerful healing energy of this vibrant, wild landscape as you run scenic
trails at a pace that is playful, relaxed and social.
Practice the principles of mindful running in IcelandYou Will Learn How To:
Learn how to build a consistent, sustainable running routine that fits into your busy schedule.
Train Smarter not Harder
Become intentional with each run, whether it’s to get faster or clear your mind.
Support recovery process with rest and foods that support muscle and joint repair.
Run Trails Better
Learn the secrets to making trail running fun and easy.
Find More Flow in Running and Life
Tune in to your body’s signals to help you achieve the effortlessness that is flow.
Retreat ItineraryAugust 7 - 13, 2017
Day 1 | Reykjavik
Guests arrive throughout the day at Reykjavik International Airport. When you arrive, take a Flybus to the group’s hotel in downtown Reykjavik, the Centerhotel Arnarhvoll. Any time after 2 p.m., check into your hotel room (included in the package). At 5:00 pm, we will meet for the official Retreat Welcome Reception, followed by dinner together at an authentic Icelandic restaurant in downtown Reykjavik.
Day 2 | Southern Coast
After your breakfast at the hotel, our program begins at 8:30 a.m. when we meet for our first Wellness Workshop. Then we’ll enjoy a refreshing 90-minute running tour of Reykjavik. We’ll end our run at the hotel with time to freshen up before we have lunch, then drive 2.5 hours to the coastal village of Vik. We’ll arrive at the new, über-modern Icelandair Hotel Vik around 5 p.m., with time to relax before dinner at our hotel.
Day 3 | Vik
After breakfast at the hotel, we head out for a running form clinic, learning the essential aspects of good posture for running efficiency and flow. Our run will take us along Vik’s famous black sand beaches, and to Reynisfjara, considered one of the world’s most beautiful non-tropical beaches. Along our route, we’ll see wild puffins and rare columnar basalt rock formations. Upon our return to the hotel, we’ll do some gentle stretching before having free time to have lunch on your own and explore the village. Later that afternoon, we’ll have a Wellness Workshop, followed by dinner at Sudurvik, a cozy, traditional restaurant situated in an old house serving their own family recipes. Overnight at the Icelandair Hotel Vik.
Day 4 | Þórsmörk
This morning we check out of the hotel and drive into the highlands of Iceland–fording the braided Krossá River along the way–to Þórsmörk Nature Reserve, a green oasis hidden between two glaciers called Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull. Upon arriving at Þórsmörk, we are dropped off at the Basar huts, from which we run about 7 miles to where we are staying tonight, the Volcano Huts in the nearby Húsadalur Valley. We’ll have a hot lunch waiting for us when we arrive. Enjoy a couple of free hours to shower, relax and enjoy this beautiful place. When it comes time to cook dinner in our hut, everyone will chip in and learn a little something about cooking traditional Scandinavian food. Overnight in Volcano Hut.
Day 5 | More in the Land of Thor
After making breakfast in the hut, we head out for an adventurous 10-mile trail run in Thórsmörk, the Land of Thor. Elinor provides some key tips and techniques to use on the trails, as we head out on part of the well-known Laugarvegur track to reach a view over the canyon of Markarfljótsgljúfur. We continue to another viewpoint, this time to overview the valley of Þórsmörk. After a late lunch back at the hut, enjoy some free time until a Wellness Workshop in main lodge. Then we all chip in to prepare dinner at the hut. Overnight in Volcano Hut.
Day 6 | From the Mountains to the Sea
After making breakfast and packing up our belongings in the hut, we head out for our final run in this magical valley that has been carved by the three glaciers surrounding it. Today we put into practice the trail running techniques we’ve been practicing during this scenically rewarding mountain 9-mile trail run. We’ll top out on a plateau with a fantastic views over the surrounding river valleys. After descending again slowly through very technical terrain we get down to the valley floor, where our driver will meet us for a picnic lunch at the Basar hut. Then we’ll make the 4-hour drive back to Reykjavik and check into our hotel. Tonight we dine in one of Reykjavik’s best traditional restaurants. Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 7 | The Blue Lagoon
We’ll get an early start to our final day of the retreat with a relaxed, 7:00 a.m. run in the city of about 5 miles. After breakfast, we’ll catch the bus to The Blue Lagoon, a natural geothermal lagoon of about 104 degrees Fahrenheit of milky-blue, mineral-rich waters rumored to have curative powers, surrounded by stark, black lava fields. After our luxurious soak and silica mud mask treatments, we’ll have lunch in the Blue Lagoon’s fine dining room. Then it’s time for farewells and transportation either to the airport or back to a hotel of your own choosing in Reykjavik.
Transform Your Running
Learn not only how to run more consistently, with more ease and flow, but also reconnect with how running feeds your SOUL. During the retreat’s wellness workshops, we’ll explore what it exactly you need to breathe new life into your running and daily life.
Don’t have a running routine? No problem! After our week together in Iceland using the Mindful Running Training System (included with the price of the retreat), you’ll return home with a renewed love of running, sky-high confidence in your ability to pursue lofty dreams and goals, and brimming with energy and vitality.
WELLNESS WORKSHOP – Part I
Where does your energy go? Do you ever feel too tired to run? Do you ever feel so overwhelmed at the prospect of starting a training plan that you give up before you’ve begun? Do you want to run with others but fear you won’t be able to keep up or be the slowest in the group? Do your long runs or hard workouts so wiped out that you’re pretty much useless the rest of the day? Discover what feeds your energy and what depletes your energy and how to stop the energy leaks.
WELLNESS WORKSHOP – Part II
How well does running fit into your life? How often do you lack time to run, feel you should be running more, or feel guilty when you do “slip out” for a run. Reclaim your right to put your self-care at the top of your priority list. Discover how time it actually takes to develop the fitness you need to reach your goals without risking overtraining, under-recovering or cutting into your other obligations like family time or work. Using the tools we provide, you’ll design your own mindful running practice that will allow you to fulfill your goals and run with confidence.
WELLNESS WORKSHOP – Part III
Create goals with soul. Fearlessly step into your highest potential. No, this doesn’t mean becoming a super athlete (who needs that kind of pressure?!). Rather, our mindful intention-setting exercises allows you to bravely become the runner (and woman) you want to be on your OWN terms. Forget trying to fit into society’s, the media’s or your running partners’ idea of what it means to be runner and be the runner you know you already are.
About Your Host and Coach, Elinor Fish
Elinor Fish, CEO of Run Wild Retreats + Wellness, is a writer, speaker and mindful running pioneer whose mission is to educate, inspire and guide runners on a path to balanced health through mindfulness, stress reduction, natural running form, self-care and sustainable training practices.
Her personal health challenges fueled her commitment to support women’s journey of self discovery through running, travel and mindfulness. Since founding Run Wild Retreats + Wellness in 2010, the company has grown to offer premier trail running retreats in five countries.
Over her 18-year career in running and wellness, her articles, programs, workshops and retreats have helped thousands of runners make their running a mindfulness practice to reduce their stress and bring their best selves to their roles as parents, professionals, caregivers and leaders. Elinor’s work and ideas have been featured in major running, outdoor and active lifestyle magazines across the country including Runner’s World, Yoga Journal, Women’s Health, Los Angeles Times, Outside and many more.
This will be her third time leading the Iceland Trail Running + Wellness Retreat for women.
Iceland trail running stands alone. I have run in many parts of the world, yet none has delivered as much natural beauty and reward as this wild place. The ever-changing weather is a constant presence and demands our constant respect and preparedness. Our team provides the daily support and coaching you need to run well and be well.
Land of the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun, of Viking heritage and the most modern design imaginable, of magical folklore and friendly people, Iceland sits at the top of Europe with an abundance of history, metropolitan atmosphere, sublime dining and incredible natural landscapes.
Iceland is home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe and some of the world’s most active volcanoes. Iceland is also the land of light and darkness. Long summer days with near 24-hours of sunshine are offset by short winter days with only few hours of daylight.
The Icelandic people (who will be our guides) of whom there are only 350,000, are some of the world’s friendliest and most welcoming people. Not to mention their extreme pride for their culture beautiful country.
What People Say:
“This is an adventure of a lifetime. The runs are fantastic and the leadership is excellent. I could focus on running because all the details are taken care of.”Lisa P., Littleton, CO
“Hopefully, we all have a few of those really big life experiences that we look back on and say ‘that was one of the best things I’ve done.’ This retreat is one of them! I am an experienced trail runner and can say this is some of the most incredible running I have ever done. We ran through jaw-dropping scenery on terrain ranging from spongy tundra to technical trail. We saw everything from beautiful forests to scenic vistas. And since we had the rare opportunity to run with local guides, we not only learned a little of the culture, we could split into groups so we could be as challenged or relaxed as we’d like. What a great way to run in a unique location, with amazing women!”Amanda S., Golden CO
“The retreat was epic! The scenery, comradery, and beautiful trails exceeded my (very high) expectations. The beautiful weather certainly helped but I think that the spirit of the retreat–including that of Elinor, our amazing guides, and my fellow retreaters–was what made it so memorable and meaningful. It felt luxurious to be able to run every day, eat delicious meals, and have plenty of time for recovery and fun. It was a true “retreat” for me, an experience that has been imprinted on my soul (and soles!).”Leah M., Chandler NC
“I can’t imagine running in a more beautiful place. The trails were simply fantastic, as were the guides and the group was really fun to be with. The retreat build my confidence about my running. It was the best trip I can remember.”Ingrid J.
“I now have a completely different opinion regarding what I can personally do with running. This retreat was the kind of trip that required surrender and acceptance for a richer experience …. the views were breathtaking at every turn.”Kristie K., Austin, TX
“The entire retreat was amazing from start to finish. I really enjoyed being around such an inspiring group of women. And it really built my confidence as a runner.”Chris N., Norborne, MI
“Running in the Valley of Thor was my favorite part of the itinerary, which offered a variety of environments to run in. The running tips were very helpful for me. Though I’ve never run more than 30 miles a week before, my body still felt good at the end.”Rachel P.
Your 7 Day, 6 Night Retreat Includes:August 7 - 13, 2017
• Six nights’ accommodation (four in hotels, two in a mountain hut)
• Retreat Welcome Reception and dinner
• Daily breakfasts, lunch and dinner
• Daily guided runs
• Ground transportation/ drop off at airport
• Wellness Workshops
• Natural Running Form Clinics
• Trail snacks/energy food and drinks
• Blue Lagoon Geothermal Hot Springs (Comfort Package with algae-mask facial treatment)
• Run Wild Retreats gift bag
• Mindful Running Training System
• Two group coaching sessions (via phone)
Included with your retreat registration is the Introduction to Mindful Running online program that helps you get more from your running with more fun, flexibility, reward and confidence. The program includes two group coaching sessions with mindful running coach Elinor Fish, during which we go deep into how mindful running techniques can help you reduce the pain and injuries that so many runners experience, cultivate more motivation, run consistently and train for your next race or fitness goal without burnout or overwhelm.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cancellation policy?
To view our full booking terms and conditions, click here.
Is trail running experience necessary?
You can do this retreat even if you’ve never run trails before. We do recommend basic running fitness, such as the ability to run at least 6 miles on the road. You may run at your pace and most days.
What are the accommodations like?
We are staying in high-quality (three-star) hotel rooms in Reykjavik and Vik. The mountain hut is a dormitory-style accommodation.
What are the meals like?
We will dine in high quality restaurants in Reyjkavik and Vik, and cook our own traditional Scandinavian dishes while staying in the mountain hut at the Volcano Hut in the Húsadalur Valley. Vegetarians can be accommodated. If you have any special dietary needs, let us know in the retreat participant intake form.
How should I plan my travel?
WHEN TO TRAVEL:
I recommend flying to Reykjavik International Airport on or before August 7, the “arrivals day” of the retreat. When you arrive, walk outside to take a seat on the Flybus to our hotel, the Centerhotel Arnarhvoll. The retreat program officially begins at 5:00pm on August 7th.
Book your return flight no earlier than 6:00 p.m. on August 13th. We can arrange a Flybus directly from the Blue Lagoon to the airport, or you may return to Reykjavik and fly out the following day.