The Four Forests Run (FFR) in the not-so-easy to pronounce Fnjóskadalur is one of our favorite trail races.

Only half an hour’s drive from Akureyri in north Iceland, it is a must-run if you are staying in Akureyri.  It may not have the dramatic beauty of the Laugavegur Ultra or the Dettifoss Trail Run (Jökulsárhlaup), but the FFR is very scenic in it’s own way.


Running through 4 forests (actually 1-4 depending on your distance of choice) is unusual enough in Iceland but there are also rivers, hills and some very, very good trails. And the weather is more likely to be nice than in most other Icelandic races.

But most of all it is a really cozy and friendly race.  See our earlier post about the FFR.

The finish area before the race
The finish area before the race

This year, we arrived early at the sports field in Bjarmavellir, where the race finishes.  From there we were driven to the start of our a big Rescue Team Truck.

Despite previous comments about the weather, this year the temperature was about 10 degrees colder than the year before! But we still had a wonderful time running through the woods, meeting and chatting to extra friendly runners and staff.

The FFR was chosen the best trail race in 2014 by Icelandic runners.