These are the some of the main running events in Iceland.

This is not at all a full list of races in Iceland or necessarily the best ones but these are all races we have tried and can recommend.

There are plenty of other good races that we have heard about but not yet gotten around to try !

None of these races are “elite-only”, they all have runners of all standards participating.

A full list (in Icelandic) is at Iceland’s most popular running page, hlaup.is.


Date Race Name Distances Comment

JAN
1

Powerade Winter Series 10K 10k through Elliðaárdalur

JAN
29

FH/Atlantsolía 5K Series 5K 5k in Hafnarfjordur

FEB
2

Powerade Winter Series 10K 10k through Elliðaárdalur

FEB
26

FH/Atlantsolía 5K Series 5K 5k in Hafnarfjordur

MAR
12

Powerade Winter Series 10K 10k through Elliðaárdalur

MAR
26

FH/Atlantsolía 5K Series 5K 5k in Hafnarfjordur

APR
23

Viðavangshlaup ÍR – Powerade summer races 5K One of the oldest races in Iceland, in the center of town.

APR
25

Marathon Runner’s Association’s Spring Marathon Half and Full marathon 21.1 route, 2 loops in the full marathon.

MAY
7

Icelandair airport run 7K A very popular run around the Reykjavik airport. Last year over 500 runners finished the race.

MAY
9

Neshlaup TKS 7.5K/15K A race that goes one or two circles around Seltjarnarnes (very close to Reykjavik).  Small but fun !

MAY
25

Hvítasunnuhlaup Hauka 14K/17.5K A trail run on the outskirts of Hafnarfjordur(again 5 mins from Reykjavik).

JUN
4

Heilsuhlaup Krabbameinsfélagsins 3K/10K Starts and ends close to the Reykjavik centre. Good flat course.

JUN
13

Gullspretturinn á Laugarvatni 8.5K A trail/adventure run in Laugarvatn, an hours’s drive from Reykjavik.

JUN
23

Midnight run 5K/10K/Half A midsummer/midnight race that starts in Laugardalur,  Starts in the evening on or around the longest day in Iceland.  An absolute must!

JUL
7

Ármannshlaupið 10K A flat course by the seaside , close to Harpa

JUL
18

Laugavegur ultra 55K Laugavegur ultra trail run

JUL
25

The Four Forest Run 4,3 km/ca.10 km/17,7 km/30,6 km/42,2 km Trail run in the north of Iceland close to Akureyri.  Small but lots of fun!

AUG
8

Brúarhlaup Selfossi 2,8 km/5 km/10 km Very flat course in Selfoss, about 50 km from Reykjavik

AUG

8

Jökulsárhlaupið 13 km/21,2 km/32,7 km A trail run which could lay claim to having the most scenic course in Iceland.

AUG
22

The Reykjavik marathon 10K/half/marathon Reykjavik marathon

SEP
2

Reykjanes marathon 3K/7K/10K Flat course in Keflavik, the town closest to the international airport.

SEP
27

Hjartadagshlaupið 5K/10K Ends at the Sports stadium in Kopavogur

OCT
8

Powerade Winter Series 10K 10k through Elliðaárdalur

OCT
24

Marathon Runner’s Association’s Autumn Marathon Half and Full marathon 21.1 route, 2 loops in the full marathon.

NOV
12

Powerade Winter Series 10K 10k through Elliðaárdalur

DEC
10

Powerade Winter Series 10K 10k through Elliðaárdalur

DEC
31

IR New Years Eve Run 10K Runners celebrate the last day of the year, often in costumes ! Starts and ends at Harpa concert hall

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