Overall Rating
Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
4
(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.5
SCENERY
5
PRODUCTION
3.5
SWAG
1
Mosfellsbæ tindahlaup (formerly 7 peat jelly) is a race that climbs tens of kilometers of hiking trails up the mountains and valleys of Mosfellsbær. The area is located in the outskirts of the capital area and combines the advantages of urban and rural areas, but one of the main characteristics … MORE
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    wgharris FIRST-TIMER '20

    I like to do a race when I travel and found this one. My wife (not a big runner) and I signed up for this back in 2017 I think. … MORE

    I like to do a race when I travel and found this one. My wife (not a big runner) and I signed up for this back in 2017 I think. Doing so online was somewhat difficult as there are no instructions in English, but by using google translate I was able to decipher how to get in, and with a couple emails, it was taken care of.

    As stated above – my wife isn’t a big runner but had FOMO, so we opted for the shortest distance (which in hindsight was probably a good idea so we didn’t get too sore while on vacation). Race day was cold and wet with showers. I was one of the only people at the starting line wearing shorts and no hat or gloves. They pre-race briefing was done in Icelandic and English which was helpful, and the other entrants were also helpful, translating along while he was speaking in Icelandic, although that proved unnecessary.
    You head off out of town on a sidewalk/greenway, through a couple neighborhoods and then you see the beast you’re going to climb. We were quickly shuttled to the back of the pack once the climbing started as they was muddy footing and a slope that made it more of a scramble than a walk/run up. Gradually the slope decreases but I think we had four or so false summits and each one crushed my wife’s spirits a little more.
    When we finally got to the peak (man it was cold) the attendants looked us over and decided we would survive and pointed us off the back side of the mountain where it was a scramble down the rubble and as mentioned, hunt for the red flags. A couple ditch crossings, then you’re back on roads and returning to town. The aid station had closed up shop by the time we got there (and we were admittedly very slow, but no time cutoffs were presented – but that being said we were able to finish and get a time).

    I enjoyed the event. My wife got spooked from the terrain and high winds. On a nice day (do you get those in Iceland in September?) it would’ve been fabulous. If we were to return, I’d do it again, and she’d probably go shopping and wait for me and we’d both likely have a better time.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
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    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    1

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    iank FIRST-TIMER '18

    This is definitely an event for locals in Iceland with only limited information available in English (on their Facebook page only) but worth the effort if you like running off-road … MORE

    This is definitely an event for locals in Iceland with only limited information available in English (on their Facebook page only) but worth the effort if you like running off-road in nature. And it’s really off-road after the first few kms. Thankfully it didn’t rain or it would have been quite treacherous. Chose from 4 distances based on how many hills you want to run up and down (I did 19km and 3 peaks). Only some parts of the course follow a path, and in the second half of the run you need to keep a constant eye out for the little red flags marking the course because you are running across wilderness, seemingly randomly. I’d still recommend it even though I had to back track twice to find the official route. 16 out of 65 runners missed one station completely this year making the results something of an estimate. Swag? What swag? But really this race is all about running rough in Iceland so it might be a little incongruous for too much corporate sponsorship. Mind you, there was a Jeep parked halfway up the first hill in the middle of nowhere which was a pretty effective advertisement for the sponsor. Everyone was super friendly towards the four foreigners, and it felt nice to participate in a local event away from the usual tourist treadmill. Definitely the toughest race I’ve ever done and I was completely fine with a slow time so as not to break an ankle or my neck. The overall winner for this distance was 60 years old, so I suspect some home court advantage.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    1

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    M_Sohaskey Sep 23, 2018 at 10:40pm

    No better way to top off a trip to Iceland! This is definitely my kind of race, love the idea of being one of only four foreigners in the field.… MORE

    No better way to top off a trip to Iceland! This is definitely my kind of race, love the idea of being one of only four foreigners in the field. And your advice to watch for the red flags is much appreciated since my own sense of direction is... well, questionable (I've learned that the hard way). Reykjavik is high on my list so hopefully we can get there in the next few years, and if so I'll definitely keep Mosfellsbær in mind, since this sounds like Icelandic immersion at its finest. Thanks for another awesome review, Ian! LESS

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