Run Wild Retreats + Wellness, a travel company specializing in premier running and wellness retreats for women, is offering its first-ever mindful running hiking retreat, the Iceland Hiking with Viking Women this July 30 – August 5, 2024 in Iceland’s hiking meccas, the Kerlingarfjall Mountains and Þingvellir National Park.
“For quite some time our clients had been asking us for a retreat centered around mindful hiking instead of running. Developing this new retreat in partnership with professional guide Saga Líf Friðriksdóttir of Viking Women Tours seemed ideal,” says Elinor Fish, founder and CEO of Run Wild Retreats + Wellness. “Saga’s passion for women-only travel and sharing Viking lore naturally compliments the mindful travel experience Run Wild Retreats is known for.”
Elinor also explains why a company known for running retreats is expanding in to hiking: “Most of our clientele is active women aged 40 and over who love to travel and enjoy being the outdoors for their general health and wellness. Many of them used to run, but now prefer to hike. Whether they are hiking or running, they join our retreats for the connection to nature and like-minded women rather than covering as many miles as possible in a week.”
Mindful Hiking in Þingvellir National Park and Kerlingarfjoll Mountains
Guests will enjoy half-day hikes in Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Kerlingarfjoll Mountains’ extensive trail network, of around 4 to 6 miles per day on moderately strenuous grades. Guests are encouraged to leave their GPS devices and silence their phones so that they be more present while on the trail and really tune into to the sights, sounds and scents of the Kerlingarfjoll Mountains and Hveradalir Geothermal Region, where hot mineral-rich waters give rise to hills of vibrant hues, ranging from deep blues and turquoises to vivid oranges and yellows.
The hiking trails that wind through the region allow visitors to observe and appreciate the diverse features up close paired with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the geothermal landscape.
Nature-Driven, Sustainable Luxury Accommodations
For the retreat’s accommodations, Run Wild Retreats and Wellness has partnered with The Blue Lagoon Family, a collection of sustainable destinations, resorts, spas and skincare lines, to include two nights at the Silica Hotel, during which guests can enjoy exclusive access to the Silica Lagoon as well as the world-famous Blue Lagoon next door.
Run Wild Retreats + Wellness is one of the first tour operators to bring groups to the collective’s newest property, the Highland Base – Kerlingarfjöll, a unique multi-faceted luxury lodge and adventure hub designed to serve outdoor recreationalists, and the only one in this region of Iceland.
Created and developed by the design teams at Blue Lagoon Iceland, Basalt Architects and Design Group Italia, Highland Base – Kerlingarfjöll was constructed to exist in harmony with nature. The lodge was constructed in accordance with the standards developed by BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), while the cozy, minimalist interior designs are intended to produce a sense of place, warmth and comfort. The result is an elegant and modern lodge complete with all the amenities and sustainability standards discerning travelers expect.
Wellness Experiences at Geothermal Hot Springs
Central to every Run Wild Retreats experience is time dedicated to wellness and self-care, and the Iceland Hiking with Viking Women Retreat is no exception. The itinerary includes visits to several hot springs, including the Silica Lagoon at The Silica Hotel, the Blue Lagoon and Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths, comprised of a series of pools and steam rooms plus the opportunity to cold plunge in the adjacent lake.
Packages for the July 20 – August 5, 2024 retreat start at $6,795 USD per person (double-occupancy), with single-occupancy rooms available also available. The retreat package includes all meals, professional guides, dedicated retreat leader, six night’s accommodation, minibus transportation, hot springs access and much more. Space is limited to 15 participants and registration closes May 3. Visit https://trips.runwildretreats.com/t/run-wild-retreats/iceland-hiking-2024 for details.