The Puffin Run is a 20km trail run and relay race around Heimaey, the biggest island of the Westman Islands.
This year will be the third year of this event, after a very successful races in 2018 and 2019. The Westman Islands are a stunning place to visit, with beautiful nature steeped in history and culture. If you are like us, always looking for a new running adventure this is one to check out!
When and where:
Heimaey , Westman Islands, 2nd of May 2020.
The start is at 12:30.
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 race has gotten excellent review from all participants.
Quotes from runners in 2018:
Guðni Páll Pálsson was the winner in the individual men’s race in a time of 01:29:46. He said about the race: “A thrillingly demanding race with a very varied landscape and spectacular views”
Vaka Njálsdóttir won the women’s race in a time of 01:52.05. She said after the race: “Every aspect of the race was fantastic, a very diverse route with stunning nature, it is like being in a fairytale”
“The most fun race I have ever taken part in. The weather could not have been better and the route very varied and challenging. Great organization and the route well marked” – Baldur Gunnlaugsson
“Thanks for a marvellous experience. The route is fantastic and very well marked and the organization was excellent. We will definitely see you again next year” – Dögg Lára Sigurgeirsdóttir
“Thank you for a magnificent days. The race was very well planned and we very much enjoyed taking part. See you again next year!” – Guðrún Eiríksdóttir
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”. There is a great museum on the island which includes a house that was dug up from the beneath the lava.
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.
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. Landeyjahöfn is around 2 hours drive from Reykjavik.
Here is more detailed information about the flights and the ferry.