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Saturday 30 August 2014

Ever wanted to... Take a Run in the Midnight Sun?

Published 16/06/2014 | 02:30

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A view over the picturesque Reykjavik.
A view over the picturesque Reykjavik.

Have you ever felt like running in the midnight sun? Well, it might be a little late in the day this year to organise a trip to Iceland for such an event but it might be a good idea to pencil this unique prospect into your calendar for next year.

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This year’s gala event in the Midnight Sun takes place in two weeks’ time (June 22-25) in Reykjavik where you can run either a half marathon or a 10k.

The Midnight Sun run attracts about 2,000 runners from around the world each year and one of its main features is that part of the route that takes in the city's wonderful geo-thermal outdoor swimming pool in Laugardalslaug.

Unlike most events, the late evening is the time for runners to engage their competitive streaks. The races begin with separate start times from 9pm, while the route brings the runners in a looping fashion through the stunning valley of Laugardalur, which is in full bloom at this time of year.

A key attraction and special feature of this race is the camaraderie that is developed between racing competitors. This is epitomised by all participants being invited to relax and network in the swimming pool, hot tubs and steam baths that Iceland is famous for, after the race is run. Prizes to the winners in the various sections are given out at this point as entrants bask in their sense of achievement having completed their respective races, as they lounge around the various pools in a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere.

Reykjavik is a city with plenty to offer. It is both exciting and modern with lots to see and do, while there is an array of baths, spas and swimming pools to visit for those who prefer to chill out while on holidays.

The Reykjavik Grand Excursion Tour from 1pm each day is one of the most popular with tourists. This gives participants a detailed and comprehensive introduction to Reykjavik past and present and takes three hours to complete. There are a variety of different packages to choose from, the majority of which include tours of the city in their itineraries.

The trip to Iceland gives runners a great opportunity to take part in a fantastic event and then to relax and sightsee before returning home. Iceland is a beautiful country with spectacular scenery, some of which is in the Reykjavik vicinity or very close by.

Date

June 22-25

How to get there/ where to stay?

There are many ways to go but it will be a little more costly than usual as the chances are you will need to fly to the UK to get a connection to Reykjavik. If that is the case, then the most straight-forward route of booking is with a travel company like ‘All Iceland’, which operates out of London. They do an all-in trip for just under £500 (€617) but offer accommodation in the centre of the city for the three nights of the festival.

Highs

The opportunity to visit a great city and take part in a unique event, with a really good atmosphere.

Lows

The cost of getting there.

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