Volcano UltraMarathon is a multi-stage running event, in a semi-self-sufficiency discipline. With a minimum of 200 km and a maximum of 250 km in 6 days during 6 stages, a tough week managing the mind, physical strength and body recovery. An extreme event that will push you to the limit.
It takes place in the south of Iceland, crossing rivers, waterfalls, glaciers and volcanoes. Our race leaders have crossed the planet several times in the most demanding events. With their experience together with that of our medical team, we have developed the tips you can never forget.
How to get to Iceland
Iceland is an island located in the north of the Atlantic Ocean, so there are only two ways to get there: by plane or by boat. The most economical way is to get to Iceland on a scheduled flight with one of the airlines that fly to Reykjavik. Prices always vary between high and low season and depending on how far in advance you book your ticket.
Airlines flying to Iceland: Icelandair (the traditional Icelandic airline), Wow Air, Iberia, Vueling, Norgewian, Primera Air, Czech Airlines, Easy Jet, Abelag Aviation, Air Greenland, Air Iceland Connect, Atlantica Airways, British Airways, Delta , Finnair, Jet2.com, Lufthansa, SAS, Thomsonfly Lt, Wizz Air
Keflavik International Airport:
Address: 235 Keflavík Airport, Iceland
Tel.: (+354) 425 0680
Fax: (+354) 425 0690
The duration of the flights between Spain and Iceland is about 4-5 hours.
- The flight Alicante (ALC) – Keflavik lasts 4:40 hours.
- The flight Barcelona (BCN) – Keflavik lasts 4 hours.
- The flight Madrid (MAD) – Keflavik lasts about 4 hours.
- From England, Germany or Denmark it lasts about 3 hours.
- The flight London (STN) – Keflavik takes 3 hours
- The flight Copenhagen (CPH) – Keflavik lasts about 3:10 hours.
- Flight Berlin (SXF) – Keflavik lasts 3:20 hours.
- From the United States you can travel in just about 5 hours. The flight New York (JFK) – Keflavik normally lasts about 5:20 hours.
The official currency of the country is the Icelandic krone and currently 1 euro is equivalent to about 140 kronor. Iceland is one of the few countries in the world that we would bet you don’t need to carry cash, as you can pay for everything by card.
To travel to Iceland, if you are Spanish or from a country of the European Union, you only need to present your ID or Passport, with a minimum validity of 6 months, since it is a country of the Schengen territory.
Non-EU citizens must present a visa, if your country is included in this list. In any case, we always recommend checking the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Icelandic Embassy, to make sure of the required documents and the visa. https://utl.is/index.php/en/who-needs-a-visa
Important Note – Customs Information: People entering Iceland may import duty free up to 3 kg of food not exceeding the value of 25,000 ISK. Meat products may be imported if they have been boiled or canned.
If you do not have a cell phone with Vodafone, with which you have roaming included, we recommend buying a pre-paid SIM card at the airport or in the city, although the vast majority of hotels and locals have free wifi.
The plugs are the same as in Spain, so you will not have to carry adapters.
This is a semi-self-sufficiency race, so during the 6 stages the Organization will provide you with breakfast and dinner in the stablished schedule. You just have to bring a minimum of 700 calories/day to ingest during each stage, a total of 3,500 cal.
IMPORTANT: Self-sufficiency will still be present at Stage 6, so it will be mandatory to bring a food pack for this stage with a minimum of 2,000 cal.
How to prepare good menus for eating during the stages and for Stage 6?
- It is difficult to make a good selection, so you have to know the fundamental components to balance the daily diet: proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, fast-absorbing sugars, slow-absorbing sugars, and hydration.
- Recommended food, due to its low weight and preservation day after day: nuts, fruit sweets, and chocolate or energy bars.
- At the end of the day, good hydration and mineral salts drinks are recommended for physical recovery.
Each athlete will receive an average of 9 liters of water per day. It is distributed at the start, checkpoints and finish. The organization will provide hot water to cook your freeze-dried products in the central assistance canopy.
Drinking water distributed in the morning and at the checkpoints is essential to compensate for the significant water loss generated by the effort and extreme temperatures. In VUM Iceland temperatures will not be very high, but you should not forget to drink plenty of liquids, as the loss will also be considerable.
It is mandatory to carry at all times a capacity for liquid of 2.5 liters as indicated in the mandatory equipment document. It is not necessary to carry them full at all times, but depending on the stage or the weather conditions race direction may require it.
IMPORTANT: ELECTROLYTE SALTS (6 stages) ARE MANDATORY. The salts are essential for good hydration, each athlete has to carry enough for racing an average of 40 km per day during 6 days. These products are recommended to be taken between 45 minutes and 1 hour from the start and until the finish. Flavored tablets are allowed.
PLEASE READ THE MANDATORY EQUIPMENT DOCUMENT CAREFULLY. Failure to carry any of the essential items may result in the withdrawal of the race bib.
It is important to place all the equipment in your backpack before the event. Race management is free to check the selected competitor’s backpack without prior notice.
It is part of the mandatory equipment. In case of not having it, you are exposed to penalties. It is necessary to have a sleeping bag that protects from the cold at night and allows maximum recovery. We recommend a light sleeping bag for temperatures in the range of +5 -5, this will give you comfort and warmth with reduced volume and weight.
The backpack is an essential part of this sport discipline, it is necessary to take care of it and treat it the same as the shoes. Losing it entails penalties, as well as running without it. The backpack must have a minimum capacity of 20 liters, but 25 liters are recommended, these 5 liters remaining for front load. Right now there are several models on the market, with very good results. The ORGANIZATION WILL NOT CARRY ANYTHING for you.
The bib is another fundamental and mandatory item. The organization will indicate in the technical talk how and where it should be placed. It is possible that in order to place the bib correctly, brands or sponsors are covered, so the competitors must plan for their space.
- Nothing should disturb the legibility of the bib in its entirety.
- It should not be folded.
- It must not be covered by a drum, etc.
Clothes have also the same importance as the backpack and the shoes, a good choice will take your mind off any worries. We recommend clothes already worn and adjusted to each runner, during the day they will suffer a lot from the heat, dust, chafing and the course of the kilometers, so do not forget to make a good selection.
Headwear is a must.
It is recommended to make a good selection of camping clothes. In some points at nightfall temperatures will drop. Keep an eye on this point.
Competitors stay in shared tents, marked and assigned by the organization. Each runner will find them set up and the camping team will dismantle them about 30 minutes before the start. It is MANDATORY to leave them empty.
Camps will have the same orientation every day, so your assigned tent will be found every day in the same way as on the first day.
- Tents area
- Central dining tent
- Water points
- Waste points
- Toilets / Showers
- Hot water
At the entrance to the camps you will find a staff canopy used as an information point and other services for the runners. This canopy will be assisted by staff members.
FIRE AND HOT WATER AREA
Runners will have access to hot water in all camps. Water will be distributed on demand by the runner, always with a rational use and thinking of the people who serve the water.
- In the morning, access to hot water will be two hours before departure.
- After crossing the finish line, water will be available until bedtime, approx. 6 p.m.
- It is necessary to carry an aluminum bag, container or similar to fill with hot water.
It is strictly forbidden to LIGHT A FIRE in camps other than those specified by the organization.
BANS ON CAMPING FOR SAFETY
- It is strictly forbidden to leave the camp limited area, unless authorized.
- It is strictly forbidden for people external to the event to enter the camp and living area of the runners.
- It is strictly forbidden to receive assistance of any kind in camps or race paths.
The medical team has self-management. They are organized in checkpoints and camp teams, and provide three types of assistance:
- Before the race
- During the race
- After the race
Runners will have access to the medical staff at any time. An assistance canopy will be installed in the camps, but REMEMBER that the doctors work 24/7. Try to give them a break.
Each runner will be able to use their personal device under their own responsibility. The organization will set up an area for a civic and orderly recharge at the end of each stage, whose location will be marked by the organization.
The organization has the necessary means to spread the event and will have call devices only for emergency cases.
Our website as well as social networks will be updated in real time with photos, videos, rankings and other information to allow families, friends and sponsors to have access to the rankings and the daily news release.
Each runner will have a SPOT GPS device for safety and tracking. A few days before the race, the tracking website will be made available so that sponsors and family members can follow the runners.
In Iceland the Roaming system is enabled for the vast majority of European telephone companies.
It is highly recommended to visit a physiotherapist, osteopath and podiatrist before the event, this will save you pain during the event.
REMEMBER to send all the requested information to avoid penalties or non-delivery of the bib.
- Mandatory items document
- That your vaccinations are up to date (for tetanus vaccine, it is better to verify its validity before the start of the race)
- Medical check-up by a specialist in sports medicine indicating that the runner does not show any contraindication that could prevent their participation in the race.
- You should know that during the whole race, the doctors team will guarantee your safety. You will find them all along the route at checkpoints, and in the afternoon at the camp. Do not hesitate to ask them if you have any doubts. Treated at the beginning of the race, a small health problem will not worsen.