The perfect tour for runners who would like to experience the heart of the city and main landmarks of downtown Reykjavík.
Established originally as a trading town Reykjavik has developed into the Icelandic centre of culture, commerce and government activities. Reykjavík is the world’s northernmost capital and among the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world. It is harder to find fresher and more crisp air on a running tour and where the history of Reykjavik meets us all through the run.
On this running tour we will see Tjornin pond with its bird life and surrounding gardens in the middle of the city, a breathing space for local Icelandic people. Next up is Hallgrímskirkja which is largest church in Iceland and its 74 meters height is a breathtaking sight and a worthy photo opportunity. We continue our run along the coastline with plenty of clean fresh air and beautiful landscape. The Harpa concert-and conference hall with its impressive coloured facade greets us on our run along the water and you will hear how this impressive and iconic building was delayed due to the financial crisis that hit Iceland hard. On our way back you’ll run past fishing trawlers, whale-watching boats, restaurants and small shops in the old harbor area.
This is an easy run which provides a great introduction and insight to the Icelandic capital.
If your hotel is in the city centre we will meet you there and otherwise the running tours starts at the local swimming pool: Vesturbaejarlaug. Its located within walking distance of the city centre and boasts outdoor geothermal swimming pools steam room, sauna & hot tubs. Swimming pools are an essential aspect of Icelandic culture. The hot tubs are also one of Iceland’s most important social venues where people meet to openly discuss everything from the weather to politics. The temperatures in the pools are usually around 28C/82F and the hot tubs vary from 38C/100F to 45C/113F. You can choose to pay the entrance fee to the swimming pool, get a locked closet and relax in the hot tubs and watch the Northern lights dancing among the stars after the run if you are interested.
Since this is a private tour, you will define the pace and have plenty of time to take pictures, if you wish.