The Most Common Response
As a running guide at Arctic Running, I have the privilege of running through some amazing landscape with people who have never seen Icelandic nature before. In noting the reaction and feedback I get, there is emerging a pattern. They all rate the adventure as their favorite run of all times.
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As wonderful as running in the city of Reykjavík is—and all customers I´ve run with have been truly happy with their city runs—it lacks the uniqueness of running in raw Icelandic nature. That´s what really leaves people flabbergasted. And there is no better way to experience nature than by running through it.
If you´re anything like me, trail running is all about adventure and challenge. It´s about discovering an hitherto unconceivable beautiful trail with enough technical challenge to keep the primitive caveman (or woman) in you happy. Imagine three days of such an adventure where each day surpasses the next in awe and wonder. And all you have to do is run and enjoy. Food and lodging is provided and your stuff is taken care of. To top it of, your guide (which happens to be a lot of fun being around :)) makes sure you get the most of your trip…well and makes sure you don’t get lost.
Wait a minute. Isn’t discovering your own trails part of the fun? Yes, that’s true. And if you stay in Iceland for a few months, I would encourage you to do just that (provided you’ve done your homework). But if you’re coming for a limited time, you should hire a running guide to secure you get as much as possible out of your adventure. In fact, along with “This now my favorite run of all times”, the most common feedback I get from people is: “Man, I’m glad I didn’t do this on my own.”
Why You Should Hire a Running Guide
You see, a lot of our customers tell us they were thinking of discovering running routes for themselves. But they are all relieved they decided to hire us. One reason is that you are unlikely to find the most beautiful routes without a local guide.
Another reason—a more sobering one—is that Icelandic nature is still so raw and untouched that it can be really easy to get lost. The fact is that tourists that are mountaineering on their own are getting lost regularly and the Icelandic rescue team, based on volunteers, has to come and save them. Unfortunately, they are not always successful and the sad truth is that far too many people have lost their lives this way.
Is Your Favorite Run of All Times Just Around the Corner?
So if you are looking for that once in a life time, unique, awe inspiring running adventure, look no further. I haven’t yet met a customer whose response wasn’t something like: “This is by far my favorite run ever” or “This is much better than I expected”. Check out our website and run wild!
What is your favorite trail run so far? It would be fun if you would comment below and share your treasure with the rest of us!