FAQs

Questions to help you prepare Jimbee Volcano Coast Iceland

Who can attend VOLCANO ULTRAMARATHON Iceland?

All those people, men and women who want to put their physical and mental abilities to the test, in a unique environment. VUM Iceland is a race with freedom of pace. It accommodates both elite athletes and adventure lovers in good physical condition. Any person of any sex of legal age who submits the appropriate medical documentation and who proves to be a finalist in a sports test of 100km or more, multi-stage or in non-stop format.

Can a friend come, family member with me?

Yes. The organization of the VUM Iceland offers a program for accompanying persons in parallel with the race, which allows them to travel together, see their family or friends during the daily stages, departures and arrivals, camps, etc. Get informed, info@volcanoultramarathon.com

Is it safe to participate in Volcano Ultra Marathon Iceland?

The safety and enjoyment of our competitors is our priority, safety is a priority at all times, our event is fully backed by an experienced medical and security team. Our medical team is available from the moment you are in our care to ensure that you are fit to participate, maintain your health during the event, and assist with the difficult decision to withdraw from the race if such a decision is required. Our event has been fully evaluated by the staff who will direct your steps.

What is included in my payment?

Our Ultra Marathon includes the following:

  • Transfers to base camp
  • Baggage transfer
  • Shared accommodation: tents and hotels (where applicable)
  • Water during the race (available from the first day at base camp)
  • Food after crossing the finish line
  • Experienced career director
  • Support team
  • Medical staff
  • Local multilingual support staff
  • Complete digital photographs of the entire race
  • Finisher medal
  • GPS tracking equipment

What is not included in the cost of your ultras?

Our Ultra Marathon does not include the following:

  • Vaccines (more information provided in your welcome pack)
  • Travel insurance / evacuation insurance (essential)
  • Visas / local taxes (where applicable)
  • Personal expenses (drinks / souvenirs, etc.)
  • Any personal equipment
  • Race food and energy supplements
  • Food before the race
  • Extra nights of accommodation
  • Flights

When is the last time I can book the race?

You can reserve a bib number in our races 90 days before the start of the race, however, due to the remote location of the event and the limited number of competitors that can participate, we recommend reserving your race as soon as possible, to guarantee your participation in the race.

 

Can you help us with the kit requirements?

Yes, you will receive a complete list of the kit in your welcome pack. If you have any questions regarding your kit, please feel free to contact us.

What type of terrain does VUM Iceland run on?

The terrain is varied and fundamentally runs through trails, tracks or paths, much of the route is mountainous and volcanic, passing rivers, lakes and waterfalls. It is outside the usual routes of passage and transit of people. There are very few sections without unevenness, whether positive or negative, Iceland’s own geography means that we must overcome all these types of terrain. We must remember that you participate in an extreme event.

Where does the race take place?

Suðurland (Spanish: Southern Region) is one of the eight regions of Iceland. It is the largest and occupies its entire southern area. It houses in its northern area covers a good portion of the Vatnajökull glacier.

What time will we get up?

The awakening time is free, it is recommended between 2 or 2:30 h before the beginning of each stage, at that time the hot water is ready for the preparation of breakfast, up to 30 minutes before each departure, which will begin the briefing of each stage. The departure times will be around 04:30 a.m. to 07:00 a.m. IMPORTANT, remember that in Iceland in the month of June we have 8:57 p.m. light hours.

What is the closing time of arrival at the finish line from the start?

10h for stages of 40km on average and 20h for the queen stage.
The closing times of the passage controls, as well as the entry into the finish line, vary according to distances and stage differences. In any case, all stages must start and end with sunlight, that is, they will never exceed 7 to 9 hours from departure to the end of the stage, enough time estimated by the organization to complete the itineraries for a person with good physical condition.

If I get out of control, can I continue to race?

If a runner enters outside the cut-off times established by the organization, 10 hours in normal stages or 20 hours in queen stage, he will be able to continue in the race and therefore start the next day, provided that his physical condition allows it. and authorized by the medical and career director. Read Article 6 and 11 of the race regulations.

Should we carry liquids and food during the race?

Yes, a minimum of 2000 calories, this will be verified on the day of the delivery of your bib number and must accompany the entire route for the day of consumption.

REMEMBER, event without assistance, only providing 10L of water on average per athlete in each stage, a minimum load capacity for 2.5L water will be required. Each runner must carry a minimum of 2,000 calories per day, for a total of 7 days, adding a minimum of 14,000 calories.

Can I be alone on the track because of the slow pace?

In no case will no participant be left alone on the track. A SWEEPER team of the organization is always behind the runner in last position.

What is the distance between supplies?

It depends on the stages, although as a general rule, refreshments can be found every 10 or 12 kms.

What is in the aid stations?

Only water as hydrate contribution to the runner, an average of 3L per athlete. In the CP (control of passage) we will have medical assistance as well as a rest area.

Will the route be marked?

The route will be duly and sufficiently signposted in order to avoid unwanted “misunderstandings”.

Should I bring some kind of medicine cabinet?

In the CPs (passage controls), as well as in the camps, there is a medical service available to the participants. In any case, each runner must carry their first aid kit with the established material as mandatory material, SEE mandatory material.

What should I do if I want to leave?

Dropouts are situations reflected in the race regulations. They can occur before the start of the stage or during the route, the abandonment must be reported at one of the crossing controls, race personnel or organization. Whenever possible, the runner should reach the finish line on his own with the organization team that is in the queue. If this is not possible, the collection procedure by the race management will be activated.

Can i get lost?

Although the route of the race runs through clearly marked paths, and therefore following the itinerary should not pose any kind of complication, the possibility of getting lost is objectively possible, so each runner will have a ROUTE BOOK, compass (material mandatory) and emergency SPOT, device delivered in technical talk as well as indications for use.
In any case, if there is a manifestly complex area, it will be watched by a person from the organization who will give the pertinent instructions.

Is there mobile phone coverage?

During the itinerary there are several areas with mobile phone coverage. In any case, said coverage is not continued throughout the entire route. In ICELAND there are not many problems of coverage, attention to the expenses of international data, we recommend that the mobile if it is perspired is very watertight since rivers will be crossed.

What are the camps like?

Each camp will have an organization area and a runners area. The corridors will be housed in shared tents, minimum 2 corridors maximum 4, depending on the number of final competitors, the services they will have will be: dining tent, medical services store, camp manager store at the entrance of the same and W.C.

How will we sleep in the camps?

In type tents. It is recommended to carry a mat.

Will I have electricity in the camps?

Yes, but limited in quantity and schedule. The camps, for obvious reasons, will not have electricity, the organization will try to put the means to do so, be aware of the limitations, so any item can be loaded (camera, mobile, watch, etc.)

Is the water I will drink safe during the race?

The water supplied by the organization, both in aid stations and at meals, will be all bottled. The organization will mark the areas on the route where it recommends consuming drinking water.

Can I buy food or drink during the stage?

NO, it is advised that it carries a penalty.

Are there medical personnel during the race to attend to the runners?

A medical team will be at the start and finish of the stage. Also, one or two members of this team are on the course of the test at the checkpoints.

What is the expected weather during the race?

Daily maximum temperatures increase 2 ° C, from 11 ° C to 13 ° C. Iceland has an important interaction between volcanic activity and ice or water.
Another characteristic of Iceland’s climate is that it is very variable and can be very different throughout the day: as soon as it can rain, as temperatures can rise or fall by several degrees or strong winds rise. An Icelandic proverb says it: “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes”.

Should I bring warm material?

Daily maximum temperatures rise 2 ° C, from 11 ° C to 13 ° C
All runners will have a cold bag for the organization to carry their equipment for this situation. See mandatory material

Is a visa necessary to enter ICELAND?

To enter ICELAND a valid passport with a minimum validity of 90 days is required, for VISA check your nationality and requirements.

Europe runners
Passport / DNI: Passport or DNI valid for at least three months Visa: No
VACCINES:
Mandatory: None
Recommended: None

Visa requirements can change at any time. Before making travel plans, check with the Icelandic embassy or consulate.
Inclusion in the European treaties.

Citizens with passports from the following countries can freely enter Iceland:

Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland

Visa-free entry to the Schengen area
Citizens with passports from the following countries can travel to Iceland, and can stay in the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period:

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Vatican City, South Korea, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Uruguay, Venezuela

Do I need vaccinations to enter Iceland?

There are no compulsory vaccinations, although it is advisable to consult with the External Health Services of our Community, as well as to have the tetanus, essential or reminder vaccine up to date.