The Puffin Run is a 20km trail run and relay race around Heimaey, the biggest of the Westman Islands. It will be held for the first time in April 2018. The Westman Islands are a stunning place to visit, with beautiful nature steeped in history and culture.
When and where:
Heimaey , Westman Islands, 28th of April 2018.
How to get there:
By ferry from Landeyjahöfn harbor. The boat takes about 30 minutes and is very comfortable. You can take your car but it is not necessary as you can easily get to the start of the race from the Harbor in Heimaey without one. Landeyahöfn is around 2 hours drive from Reykjavik.
Here is more detailed information about the flights and the ferry.
The route is 20 km, and you can choose whether to take part in the solo run or be a part of 2 or 4 people teams that divide the distance between them.
The course goes more or less around the island alongside the coast with spectacular views over the Atlantic ocean.
Mostly is it on wild trails close to the sea, with small parts on asphalt roads with little or no traffic, The course will be marked.
The Westman Islands:
Vestmannaeyjar or the Westman Islands are a group of 15 islands and a number of rocks and skerries. The largest island is Heimaey where 4,100 people live and host one of the best running events in Iceland.
The Westman Islands are a stunning place to visit, with beautiful nature steeped in history and culture. The islands contain enough magical scenery and birdlife to delight the visitor for days.
In 1973 there was a volcanic eruption on Heimaey. Almost the whole population of the island was evacuated overnight to safety on the mainland, mostly by fishing boats. The eruption lasted months, covering half of the town in rocks and lava and since then it has been referred to as the “Pompeii of the North”.
The Westman Islands is home to the largest puffin colony in the world. There is a convenient bird viewing platform located on the north side of cape Stórhöfði, said to be the windiest place in Europe! Another option is to take a boat ride along the coastline of the islands to get closer to the birds.
On line registration is not open, for the 2018 edition it will be enough to show up on the day.
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