Overall Rating
Overall Rating (12 Reviews)
4.5
(12 Ratings)(12 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.4
SCENERY
4.4
PRODUCTION
4.3
SWAG
3.6
In the first Reykjavik Marathon in 1984, 56 runners took part in the marathon distance. In 2018 there were 1,352 registered runners. There are several obvious reasons for foreign marathon runners to pick Reykjavik, not least the fact that the running conditions are usually extremely comfortable – the route is … MORE
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    iank FIRST-TIMER '18

    It's in Iceland so it's a relatively cheap and easy flight for most North Americans and Europeans, but ridiculously expensive to spend time in the vicinity. I honestly don't know … MORE

    It’s in Iceland so it’s a relatively cheap and easy flight for most North Americans and Europeans, but ridiculously expensive to spend time in the vicinity. I honestly don’t know why Iceland has anything smaller than the equivalent of a $5 bill in their currency. Ok but the race is flat until about 15km and then only one slow, mild up hill which you then come back down. I saw a multiple limb amputee making good time on a skateboard up that hill and promised myself never to complain about hills ever again. Weather was perfect for my run. Iceland never gets hot, so it’s great for running. Lots of music along the route and my fav was definitely the Icelandic folk music group. Not your average race grooves!
    Something to note for North Americans: they sort the results on gun time. You’ll be given your chip time, but you’re on your own to re-sort the results based on chip time assuming you didn’t elbow your way to the start line, which you probably didn’t with 4000 runners. Oh and they screwed up the distance this year and accidentally made the course too short. Bummer.

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    YanisNanashi REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I have run Reykjavik half marathon 3 times and I really do like the race and the city. The course is beautiful and except of a few hills it´s a … MORE

    I have run Reykjavik half marathon 3 times and I really do like the race and the city. The course is beautiful and except of a few hills it´s a quite flat and fast course. All runners get a T-Shirt and a medal. To be honest it´s definitely not one of my favorite medals, but the race itself is one my favorite ones – everything is easy going and fun!

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    booski FIRST-TIMER '16

    LOVED this race! It's on the smaller side, and spectator support is fairly thin the second half of the race, so the latter miles can be a bit lonely. But … MORE

    LOVED this race! It’s on the smaller side, and spectator support is fairly thin the second half of the race, so the latter miles can be a bit lonely. But weather was perfect, scenery was unbeatable, and it capped off a perfect vacation in an absolutely incredible country!

    Race was well-organized. Easy expo. Would have liked more water stations, but I carried my own and was fine. Best part is that Culture Night is later that day, so you can go drink plenty of beer afterwards and enjoy the festivities without any guilt (you just burned all those calories, after all…)

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 19, 2019 at 8:49pm

    Ah, so much envy — Reykjavik is high on my "must run" list, so I appreciate being able to live vicariously through you, Elizabeth. And I think I'd happily trade scenery for spectators in a country like Iceland. Thanks for your review, and hope you'll share your Berlin experience as well here on RaceRaves!

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    renee93420 FIRST-TIMER '16

    This race was totally awesome. It is during the Iceland Cultural Celebration so there are many activities like free museum entries and hot spring visits. The race course is not … MORE

    This race was totally awesome. It is during the Iceland Cultural Celebration so there are many activities like free museum entries and hot spring visits. The race course is not difficult and is well marked. Iceland is very pretty and the weather was perfect.

    Make a vacation of it. If you fly Icelandic Air you may go to Reyjavik for a week long layover on your way to somewhere else. It was our layover to Stavanger, Norway, where we did another race the following weekend.

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    UKCathryn FIRST-TIMER '17

    I ran this race purely for fun and loved every single second. We were blessed with perfect weather...bright sunshine, blue skies yet a little cold. The 10k route is nearly … MORE

    I ran this race purely for fun and loved every single second. We were blessed with perfect weather…bright sunshine, blue skies yet a little cold. The 10k route is nearly entirely flat, it goes through residential neighborhoods then along the waterfront. The crowd support is second to none throughout. It was crowded, so if you’re after a PR, make sure you go to the front. I had to walk a few times at the start and wasn’t able to run freely until M3. But the atmosphere was wonderful, the volunteers at check in were friendly and spoke good English and we loved it. We were able to register my family on the race morning and despite what the website said, my under twelve YO was able to register in person. The t shirt was decent, the medal was simple but nice. We really really loved this race, my entire family loved it. Can’t quite stop raving, sorry!

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    YanisNanashi FIRST-TIMER '13

    The expo is fantastic and offers all a runner need! The race next day is the start into a wonderful day as marathon day in Reykjavik is also Menningarnott - … MORE

    The expo is fantastic and offers all a runner need! The race next day is the start into a wonderful day as marathon day in Reykjavik is also Menningarnott – the bigget culture festival of Iceland with live music everywhere. The race is completely flat and offers beautiful views of the cozy Icelandic capital.

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    YanisNanashi REPEAT RUNNER '16

    The Reykjavik Half Marathon is a very nice race with a super atmosphere. The marathon takes place on the same day as the biggest cultural festival Menninganott and the vibes … MORE

    The Reykjavik Half Marathon is a very nice race with a super atmosphere. The marathon takes place on the same day as the biggest cultural festival Menninganott and the vibes in the city are gorgeous! Live music everywhere. The course is flat and beautiful. This time the weather could not have been better. The medal could be nicer…

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    Jeff2u FIRST-TIMER '16

    The course was a very scenic combination of downtown Reykjavik, residential neighbourhoods, city parks, rivers and the seaside. While light on fan support, the running trails portions along the seaside … MORE

    The course was a very scenic combination of downtown Reykjavik, residential neighbourhoods, city parks, rivers and the seaside. While light on fan support, the running trails portions along the seaside and the country’s most popular salmon river provided spectacular views of the ocean, mountains and a few glaciers. The start / finish in downtown Reykjavik had a lot of fan support and was conveniently just a block or two away from the majority of the hotels. Beautiful course, people and country!

    A bonus is the race being held in conjunction with Culture Night, an event that takes place all across central Reykjavik, with celebrations in the streets and squares, in museums, businesses and residential gardens! Reykjavik Culture Night marks the start of the city’s cultural year, when museums and theatres and other cultural institutions launch their annual programs of events. The main objective of Reykjavik Culture Night is to deliver a diverse and rich offering of cultural events from 1-11pm, ending with a magnificent firework show by the harbour. All events are free of charge for everyone to enjoy.

    Before and after race day I enjoyed exploring Iceland’s natural wonders (including a post-race soak in the Blue Lagoon) with a great group of people that had booked with Marathon Tours.

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    M_Sohaskey Feb 09, 2017 at 9:50pm

    You had me at "post-race soak in the Blue Lagoon"! Reykjavik really sounds like one of the unsung treasures of the marathon world. Based on your account and the other recommendations here I've added it to my "must run" list, just as soon as I'm able to finish Tokyo and London – which should give me time to learn to spell "Eyjafjallajökull". Thanks for the helpful review, Jeff!

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    VTLawson FIRST-TIMER '16

    I would highly recommend this race to anyone trying to PR -- it's almost entirely flat, with the exception of a few small hills, and not too many turns on … MORE

    I would highly recommend this race to anyone trying to PR — it’s almost entirely flat, with the exception of a few small hills, and not too many turns on the course. The weather was gorgeous (about 60-65 degrees, sunny) and the scenery is quite lovely, with a run through the city and along the bay. My only real critique is that the aid stations were too far apart and there weren’t enough portalets — I lost my PR time waiting in line 10+ minutes to use one.

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    CAZALA FIRST-TIMER '16

    18 ° C this will be the temperature of the Nordic Reykjavik Marathon 2016 "A beautiful day" as announced by U2 Group at the beginning of the marathon. A warm … MORE

    18 ° C this will be the temperature of the Nordic Reykjavik Marathon 2016 “A beautiful day” as announced by U2 Group at the beginning of the marathon. A warm atmosphere throughout the course that winds through the streets and parks of the capital of Iceland. The last kilometers of the waterfront allowed us to discover a beautiful natural panorama (wild beach, sea and snowy volcano on the horizon). Despite the fatigue, the return to the city operates on a flat course with focus to the iconic Church, and the issue will occur to me after 4 hours and 13 minutes of a marathon very well organized and very pleasant to run.

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    MadelynMarino FIRST-TIMER '11

    I completed this race in 2011. The race started in downtown Rejkavik. The most difficult part of this race was that it was in kilometers which I am not used … MORE

    I completed this race in 2011.

    The race started in downtown Rejkavik. The most difficult part of this race was that it was in kilometers which I am not used to (coming from the United States). However, this ended up being a benefit as I was unaware of how far I’d gone.

    It’s during the perfect time of year to visit in August. The sun is out for the majority of the day and the weather is perfect.

    Overall, it was a fun race. It was relatively flat. It was also a great way to see the sights of Reyjkavic. There were plenty of people out during the race cheering on the runners. I highly recommend it.

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    SGuillemette REPEAT RUNNER '15

    i love this event. This was the 6th time running the half marathon. The course starts in the city center, near the duck pond. The 1st 3 miles you will … MORE

    i love this event. This was the 6th time running the half marathon. The course starts in the city center, near the duck pond. The 1st 3 miles you will experience the locals as they cheer you on with their support. Adults and young children bang together pots and spoons, play guitar and drums and trumpet . As you leave this area you turn along the coast with amazing scenes of Mt Esja. A quick run through the local dock yards and you come back on to main roads. Soon you will pass the Harpa, Hofdi House, and more along the coast. 3 more miles out and you turn around and head back into town and the finish. This afternoon and tonight you can experience Culture Night. Finally as darkness falls at 11:00pm, grab a good viewing spot for the fireworks. Iceland is closer than you think. Put this race on your list as your next summer race! You won’t regret it. Ideal temps (45-55F) with the cleanest air in the world.

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