Route

June 25 to July 5, 2021

Stages

Five stages of an average of 40km and a sixth and final one that will be between 65 and 85km, with a total of 250km, hovering around 9,000 meters of positive ascent.

Extremely wild in all its senses, it was not that the technical team of VolcanoUltraMarathon looked for those characteristics, it is that Iceland is that, a wild scene in climatology and nature. “Lakes, volcanoes, waterfalls, lava rivers, glaciers”

Stage 1

Þjórsárver / Guest House Svetlana

Distance: 33.7 km

+711 m / -662 m

Stage 2

Guest House Svetlana / Galtalækjarskógur tjaldstæði

Distance: 29.5 km

+708 m / -654 m

Stage 3

Galtalækjarskógur tjaldstæði / Krakatindur

Distance: 43.0 km

+1801 m / -1217 m

Stage 4

Krakatindur / Höskuldsskáli

Distance: 40.3 km

+933 m / -842 m

Stage 5

Höskuldsskáli / Maelifell

Distance: 34.8 km

+1043 m / -1510 m

Stage 6

Maelifell / Jökulsá á Sólheimasandi

Distance: 74.3 km

+2741 m / -3323 m

Þjórsárver / Guest House Svetlana

33.7 km +711 m / -662 m

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TRANSFER CAMP 0 Thjorsarver

We leave Reykjavik heading to the first of our camps, where Volcano UltraMarathon Iceland 2021 will start. Heading to Thjorsarve – Þjórsárver 15km from Selfoss capital of South Iceland region and 70km from our starting point Reykjavik. First night in the vicinity of Thjorsarver is a wetland area and nature reserve in the middle of the Icelandic highlands and was listed as a RAMSAR site in 1990, mainly because it is the world’s largest breeding ground for legged geese pink.

STAGE 1 – Þjórsárver – Guest House Svetlana

Departure from the Þjórsárve area along Villingaholtskirkja on route 302 for the Þjórsá river crossing where we will find the first Urriðafoss waterfall, the largest of the river. A route of ascents and descents not very pronounced awaits us but very often they will weigh us down since we carry the greatest weight in the backpack we enter route 1, to surround the Kolavatn wetland heading route 26 first kilometers of the Laugavegur route, zone of Landmannalaugar hot springs to the Þórsmörk glacial valley. The route that will accompany us until we enter the glaciers (stage 4). Ballast paths, stony wetland trails and isolated farms will accompany us until we reach the finish line near the Arbajarfoss waterfall at Guest House Svetlana.

Guest House Svetlana / Galtalækjarskógur tjaldstæði

29.5 km +708 m / -654 m

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CAMP 1

Farm on the outskirts of Hella, at the foot of the Ytri Ranga river, will accompany us for most of the days, and views of the great volcanoes and nearby lagoons.

STAGE 2 – Guest House Svetlana / Galtalækjarskógur tjaldstæði

We set out for our second challenge, heading north to leave our path to the right a few kilometers away. We enter the Bjallavegur route, parallel to the Ytri Ranga river popular for salmon fishing. He will accompany us until our arrival at Hekla volcano in the coming days. We continue zigzagging along trails and volcanic paths, something that will accompany us most of our route. We will start fording rivers, dirt tracks, a not very steep but constant climb until we reach our daily goal, the Galtalækjarskógur tjaldstæði camping area which is located just 10 km from Hekla volcano.

Galtalækjarskógur tjaldstæði / Krakatindur

43.0 km +1801 m / -1217 m

CAMP 2

Galtalækjarskógur tjaldstæði is a small comfortable camping area in the middle of Route 26. It is located just 10 km from the famous volcano – Hekla.

STAGE 3 – Galtalækjarskógur tjaldstæði / Krakatindur

We abandon the green fields to enter the valley of the volcanoes. Hekla awaits us on our way to the camp at the foot of the Krakatindur volcano. Hekla is part of a volcanic chain 40 kilometers long, Hekla was considered to be one of the gates to hell, it is the most active on the island. Volcanic tracks and trails will guide us up to 8000m, just 6km from the summit of Hekla, our highest level of the stage. We are separated by the lightest and zigzagging descent through the rest of the volcanoes to the foot of the Krakatindur, end of stage.

Stage 4 – Krakatindur – Höskuldsskáli

40.3 km +933 m / -842 m

CAMP 3

Krakatindur is an 858m volcano at Rangarvallasysla in southern Iceland. The volcano is located in the Nyjahraun lava field and belongs to the Hekla volcanic system.

STAGE 4 – Krakatindur – Höskuldsskáli

We leave the gates of hell to enter the hall of hell. 43km without falling below 500 meters above sea level. We enter the Frioland ao Fjallabaki Lava Fields, Nature Reserve in the inhospitable highlands of inland Iceland. The translation is made up of land (country), mann (people) and afréttur (highland pastures). Mountainous area, volcanoes, lava fields, mountains of strange colors, long valleys and countless rivers and lakes will accompany us on a rise and fall of solitary routes entering the region called Landmannaafréttur, a route that will take us through small rivers, valleys and ridges to our goal, Höskuldsskáli.

Stage 5 Höskuldsskáli – Maelifell

34.8 km +1043 m / -1510 m

CAMP 4

The Höskuldsskáli hut in Hrafntinnusker. The cabin is located right on the popular Laugavegur trail, from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk, and is often considered the trail’s first stop.

STAGE 5 – Höskuldsskáli – Maelifell

Ready, set, go ….. Stage 5 start. Both the first kilometers of this day and the end of yesterday’s in stage 4. We are located above 60oN, almost touching the Arctic Circle. We follow the last few kilometers inside Frioland ao Fjallabaki to reach Hvanngil Hut in the middle of nowhere. Turn left through the pass between the Sléttafell and Einstigsfjall mountains, with an eye toward our next destination Mount Strútur, which rises 968m in the rugged highlands north of the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. Mount Strútur is located right between the Torfajökull glacier, and our final stage camp “The Green Pyramid”, the Mælifell volcano, one of the most majestic mountains in the highlands, 6km and a very easy slope to the end.

Stage 6 – Maelifell – Sólheimasand DC Plane Wreck

74.3 km +2741 m / -3323 m

CAMP 5

Mælifell is a composite cone volcano located in the southern highlands of Iceland. 791 meters high volcano that stands out in a desert of black sands. It was once hidden under the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, the third largest glacier in the country, but was exposed when the glacier retired at the end of the last Ice Age.

STAGE 6 – Maelifell – Sólheimasand DC Plane Wreck

We leave the majestic Mælifell volcano behind, heading again to the Laugavegur trail on route 210. Cross south on Laugavegur to Fimmvörðuháls which leads from Þórsmörk to the lowest point of this stage 220m through the neck that separates the glaciers from Eyjafjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull. . The highest slope awaits us a few kilometers away to begin the great descent that will take us to the final camp. We will travel these last kilometers parallel to several rivers with an endless number of waterfalls Slæðufoss, Neðstifoss, Króksfos, Gluggafoss, until we reach the cliffs of the previous coastline until the Skógafoss waterfall is one of the largest in the country 60 meters high. We will arrive from the eastern side of the waterfall, through the Fimmvörðuháls pass between the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers, from there we will cross route 1 towards the Sólheimasandur beach, end of Volcano UltraMarathon ICELAND.

CAMP 6

The DC Plane Wreck is a famous site located in southern Iceland, with its rusted shell on haunting black sands.

Volcanoes en route

Hekla

  • Elevation: 1,488 m
  • Last eruption: February 26, 2000

Vatnafjöll

  • Elevation: 1,235 m
  • Last eruption: 1200

Krakatindur

  • Elevation: 858 m
  • The volcano is located in the Nyjahraun lava field and belongs to the Hekla volcanic system.

Torfajökull

  • Elevation: 1,259 m
  • Last eruption: 1477

Eyjafjallajökull

  • Elevation: 1,651 m
  • Last eruption: 2010

Mælifell

  • Elevation: 791 m
  • Last eruption: 10,000 years ago

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