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Iceland Trail Running + Wellness Retreat 2024

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"I began the journey with no expectations, and absolutely loved it! Meeting and engaging with strong, intelligent women; challenging myself to traverse the trails; enjoying the beauty of Iceland; learning and practicing to be more mindful in running and in life. The progression and clinics were spot on, and we ended our time with a relaxing morning at the spa. Everything was organized so well, we just had to show up. The food was delicious and there was accommodation for various nutritional needs. I highly recommend this experience, and look forward to doing other retreats with Run Wild Retreats & Wellness."
--Jennifer H. 

I just returned from the Iceland Trail Running Retreat full to the brim with joy and gratitude. The retreat taught me very specific techniques to not only improve my performance but also to enjoy and be present in my running (and every day life). The experience was extremely well-organized. I never worried about where to go, what to eat, or even what to wear. I met other like-minded beautiful women who I hope to remain life long friends. If you are on the fence about this retreat- book it! It was a life changing experience that I hope every woman in this world gets the opportunity to experience."
--Staci D.

Travel Mindfully to Truly Unwind

This retreat can be the kind of vacation that truly transforms your state of mind and body, if you're open to it. Our retreats are designed to support you as a whole woman, not just a runner. That means you can expect free time to yourself, away from the group. It means that there are wellness experiences included in your retreat package to support your nervous system reset. This is your chance to heal from the effects of stress and focus on doing the things that energize you, inspire you and feed your soul. 

Lower Stress + Find Flow with Mindful Running

Mindful Running is this retreat's defining experience. Your dedicated Retreat Leader will lead you through experiences on and off the trail that are designed to help you discover how to run with more ease and flow. And if you've never run trails before, you'll learn how to adapt your road running technique for this new terrain. And if you're an experienced trail runner, you'll take your running to a whole new level of efficiency and joy. Connect more deeply with nature, yourself and other women through this powerful practice that provides you with skills and insights to maximize the stress-reducing effects of running. 

Who It's For

This retreat is rated Level II. This means it’s suitable for you if:

  • You’re comfortable running six days in a row. Our shortest run is 30 minutes, but most are between 2 to 3 hours (including hiking sections, water breaks and photo ops).
  • You have some experience running on trails and have the fitness to run at least 8 miles on the road.
  • You’re OK with running/hiking on trails with loose dirt, rocks, mud, and potentially one knee-deep river crossing.
  • You’re OK with getting your shoes wet in small streams.
  • You’re comfortable on high and exposed, and at times narrow, trails.
  • You’re game for running in the rain! (Don’t worry about what to wear; we provide you with a comprehensive packing list).
  • You have (or are willing to acquire before the retreat) trail running shoes.
  • This retreat is not recommended for those who want to only hike or walk 

About Running in Iceland

The total run distance for this retreat will be between approximately 32 to 38 miles. Each day’s run in this itinerary is represented by time spent on the trail rather than miles run because the mileage covered will depend largely on your run pace. Faster runners will cover more mileage than slower runners on some days.

These run times include breaks to enjoy the views, take photos, eat and drink. The precise route and trails run may change due to changes to trail routes, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations. Some areas on the trail will be easy (soft, packed dirt and pebble paths), while other areas will be challenging, including steep ascents and descents on trails that can become muddy when wet.

For this reason, trail-running shoes are mandatory. Note that trail running in Iceland can be challenging at times. Your retreat leader will provide mindful running tips and techniques for managing your pace and navigating the uneven terrain. 

Climate and Weather

We’ve run in many parts of the world, yet none has delivered as much natural beauty and reward as this wild place. The ever-changing weather is a constant presence and demands our constant respect and preparedness. Our team provides the daily support you need to run well and be well.

The weather in Iceland can be summarized in one word: wet! Prepare for wet weather so if we’re treated to sunny, dry conditions (which does happen!), then it’s a bonus. Especially when we’re running along the southern coast, it can be cool and windy, and rain is highly likely.

The average daytime temperatures are in the low- to mid-fifties, though it can reach the 60s on a sunny day. In the packing list we supply for you, we highly recommend lightweight rain pants and a waterproof-breathable rain jacket. It won’t be raining the whole time, but for those times it is raining, you’ll be glad to have the right gear.

Fresh Icelandic Cuisine

The food in Iceland is rich and delicious, yet simple and not highly seasoned. Icelandic people savor the natural flavors found in the vegetables, seafood and meats that are dietary staples.

You’ll enjoy fresh-caught seafood like chard, cod and haddock. Beef is rare, though lamb is another local favorite. Icelandic yogurt, butter and cheese is very rich, full of fat and flavor.

Most vegetables are grown in massive geothermal-heated greenhouses found throughout the country’s inhabited areas. Most meals are included in your retreat package, and we handpick high-quality restaurants for unforgettable culinary experiences. (Some lunches are excluded).

We make every effort to accommodate your dietary preferences and restrictions. However, there are occasions when we may face limitations. You'll have a chance to indicate your specific dietary requirements in the retreat participant intake form. Please note that alcoholic drinks are excluded, and snacks and beverages outside of meals and trail runs are not included.

3 Nights at the ION Adventure Hotel

An ideal place to take a deep breath, experience adventure and enjoy the luxury of an exceptional hotel. Thanks to the mix of cool concrete, glass and warm materials such as driftwood and lava stone from the surrounding area, the member of the design hotels blends harmoniously into its surroundings. The spectacular façade and all the furniture are made from natural, recycled materials, while bed linen and towels are made from fair-trade cotton. In the Lava Spa you will be pampered with natural Icelandic care products and you can marvel at the fascinating nature from the heated outdoor pool.

3 Nights at the Hotel Vík í Mýrdal

The Hotel Vik í Mýrdal is a modern Art Deco hotel located a short walk from the Black Sand Beach. The rooms are designed in a contemporary, nature-inspired style by noted Icelandic architect Guðbjörg Magnúsdóttir. Every room comes with blackout curtains, a wardrobe, complimentary WiFi, a flat-screen TV, telephone, desk, coffee, and tea. Furthermore, each room’s large bathroom offers a walk-in tiled shower, towels, a hairdryer and both natural and organic skincare products that are made in Iceland from wild herbs. As with typical hotels in Iceland, the two double beds can be slid apart to crate a little extra space between you and your roommate. 


Add-on +US$38

Transformational Travel Journal

Register by 4 Jun 2024

One of the best ways to deepen your experience with mindfulness during and after your retreat is to add the Transformational Travel Journal to your package. This co-branded journal by Run Wild Retreats in partnership with the Transformational Travel Journal provides an intentional space to write, draw, sketch and otherwise creatively express what meaning this travel experience has for you. Filled with thoughtful writing prompts, inspirational quotes and mindfulness-inspired ideas, we highly recommend using this journal to help you enhance your mindful running experience. 


Reykjavík, Iceland
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