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The Mýrdalshlaup Trail Run

Trail running has been growing in Iceland over the recent years.
The Mýrdalshlaup Trail Run takes place annually in the scenic surroundings of Vík í Mýrdal in Iceland. The region is known for its stunning scenery and trails, with the Black Sand beaches and Reynisdrangar at its center. The trail offers beautiful views on Reynisdrangar, Dyrhólaey and Mýrdalsjökull Glacier.

The next event takes place on Saturday 25th of May 2024.

Registration opens 19th of January 2024.

Three distances are available:

  • 21 km run
    • Challenging Trail Run in rugged terrain 
    • 1100 m elevation gain
    • Starts at 11:00
  • 10 km run
    • A fun challenge with a beautiful view
    • 490 m elevation gain
    • Starts at 11:00
  • 3 km fun run
    • A varied and fun route for all age groups
    • Starts at 11:30
  • The registration fee includes race entry bib number, fully marked course, aid stations with refreshments and refreshments after the race.
  • Prizes will be awarded for the first three places in the men’s and women’s categories.


The run will start and end at the Sports facilities / Swimming pool in Vík. 

Runners are requested to be on site at least 30 minutes before the start. The group of runners will walk/jog together down to the Black Sand beach (Víkurfjara) where the race will start. Expect a 5-10 minute walk.

The sports hall facilities will be open for participants, however, the facilities are small so cues are to be expected.

Route and aid stations

The route will be well marked and there will be manned checkpoints along the route. There will be two aid stations in the longer run (4.5km and 13km) and one in the shorter run (4.5km). Each aid station will be equipped with water, sports drinks, bananas and chocolates. Please make sure to bring your own glass or bottles. No cups will be provided at the aid stations.


There will be a cut-off time in the 21km run. No cut-offs are for the 10km run.

At Mýrdalshlaup Trail Run, we want everyone to finish their race. However, we will be implementing cut-offs to ensure the safety of our competitors and crew. To meet the time limit, runners must have left drinking station no. 2 (approx. 13 km and 620 m cumulative ascent from start) after 2 hours and 30 minutes from start. If a runner does not reach that time limit, he/she is considered to have finished the race and will be offered a ride down to Vík. This policy applies to all participants and cannot be negotiated with local crew members.


One family, four siblings, spouses and parents prepare and organize the Mýrdalshlaup Trail Run on a voluntary basis. We are very fond of Vík í Mýrdal and want to welcome visitors and introduce them to the unique nature of the area.

We emphasize good organization, safety, a friendly approach and, most importantly, a unique running experience.

The Mýrdalshlaup Trail Run is a non-profit organization. All income goes into strengthening the safety of the runners and to improve the runners experience.

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