Join us in one of the most remarkable destinations in the world: Iceland. Known for friendly locals, stunning scenery and endless adventure.

Challenge yourself on terrain that is both beautiful and harsh.

The choice is yours: Which distance will you dare?

5 MILES / 1 LAP

30 MILES / 6 LAPS

*Think you can keep pushing past 30 miles? Race for 24 hours and earn a coveted limited edition medal. The male and female warriors with the most miles will be crowned the Ultra World Champions.

5 MILES UNDER THE LIGHTS

SPRINT – 1 LAP/ 5 MILES / 20 OBSTACLES

Join the Ultra racers for 1 lap of the 5-mile course. Don’t be fooled, you will still get a grueling workout and endurance challenge in just 5 miles.

30 MILES OF HEART AND GRIT

ULTRA – 6 LAPS / 30 MILES / 120 OBSTACLES

To be an Official Ultra Finisher in Iceland, you must complete at least 30 miles/6 laps. You will receive your 2019 Iceland Ultra Finisher Belt Buckle and Finisher T-Shirt. However, the Ultra course is open for 24 hours, and you can keep racking up miles within that time frame.

KEEP PUSHING FOR 24 HOURS

If you are gritty enough to keep pushing, you have 24 hours to run as many laps as possible. The Iceland Ultra Champions will be the male and female warriors with the most miles racked up in the 24 hours. Everyone who meets the time requirements will receive an exclusive 24-Hour Ultra Finisher Medal and lifelong bragging rights.

A CHALLENGE FROM OUR CEO

Spartan Founder and CEO, Joe De Sena, has called out the ultimate challenge. If an Ultra Finisher can complete 100 miles of the looped course within the time limits, he or she will take home a $100,000 cash bonus. This challenge is only for one person. In the event that multiple people complete 100 miles, only the fastest finisher will receive the prize.

Race Info

LOCATION

Hamarshöllin Address : Vorsabæjarvöllur, 810, Hveragerði, Iceland

Fly into: Keflavik International Airport in Reykjavik (KEF).

TIMING

All competitors should arrive Friday morning, December 7 and fly out no earlier than Monday morning, December 10.

Mandatory Pre-Race Briefing: Friday evening, December 7

Ultra start time: Saturday, December 8, 12 PM

Ultra end time: Sunday, December 9, 12 PM

Sprint start time: Saturday 3PM and Sunday 7AM

KEY FACTS

  • 1 lap = 5 miles
  • Must complete at least 6 laps to get your Ultra Belt Buckle and Finisher Shirt
  • Keep racing for 24 hours to receive the 24-Hour Medal
  • To win, complete the most laps within the 24-hour time requirements
  • More than $125,000 in cash prizes awarded to the top 3 Male and Female competitors
  • Indoor heated festival for Spectators and Transition Area for racers between each lap
  • No support crew allowed
  • Sprint course = 1 lap. Offered on both Saturday and Sunday

 

FINISHERS RECEIVE

  • 2018 Ultra World Championship Finisher Belt Buckle
  • 24-hr Finisher Medal
  • Ultra 50-mile, 75-mile and 100-mile Finisher patches
  • 2018 Iceland Sprint Finishers Medal
  • Collector edition Iceland Finisher Shirt
  • Potential to share in more than 125,000 cash prizes
  • Free professional photos
  • A story of a lifetime and the chance to see the Northern Lights

 

Volunteers

We need your help to put on an exciting 24-hour endurance event. Iceland volunteers will receive the best perks and swag:

  • A free race per shift, redeemable in Europe, US, CA or UK
  • $50 merchandise credit, redeemable online
  • Volunteer hoodie
  • A free meal
  • Behind the scenes access to one of our most exciting Championship events

Registration

Anyone can register for the Ultra Open category or the Sprint, but you must qualify for the Ultra Elite and Age Group categories.

Questions? Read our FAQ.

Be Prepared

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Gear up for Iceland’s technical terrain and unpredictable weather with performance gear from the Spartan x Craft collection. Craft has 40 years of experience creating functional sportswear that will keep you dry and at optimal body temperature in all weather conditions.

Where to stay

NEAR THE SPARTAN RACE VENUE

The town of Hveragerði, known as the hot springs capital of the world, has a variety of great accommodations just minutes from the race venue. Some traveler favorites are Hotel Örk or Frost & Fire Hotel, but there are several unique options in the area.

Schedule

All Ultra competitors are required to attend the pre-race briefing on Friday 15th in the afternoon. You should plan on departing Iceland no sooner than the following Monday morning. Specific details with transport information, locations and times will be provided to all registered competitors once the event is declared open.

Travel Packages

Spartan has collaborated with Iceland Travel to prepare exclusive travel packages to suit your budget, with 2 star up to 4 star options and the very best available rates. Upon booking, accommodation packages will be further customizable to give you the flexibility to plan the best Iceland experience possible.

Invite your friends and family to join you! Save 50% on accommodation by sharing one of the below packages with a friend. You also have the option of rounding up a team of 4 people to share this trip of a lifetime.

2 Star Hotel
*Starting At
$351

Hotel Package includes:

– 3 nights in Reykjavik 15th-18th

– Up to 2 people

– Breakfast

– All Taxes

3 Star Hotel
*Starting At
$513

Hotel Package includes:

– 3 nights in Reykjavik 15th-18th

– Up to 2 people

– Breakfast

– All Taxes

4 Star Hotel
*Starting At
$726

Hotel Package includes:

– 3 nights in Reykjavik 15th-18th

– Up to 2 people

– Breakfast

– All Taxes

Save 50% on accommodation by sharing one of the above packages with a friend. You have the option of rounding up a team of 4 to share this trip of a lifetime.

FAQ

CAN ANYONE PRE-REGISTER? I HEARD I NEED AN INVITE.

Anyone can race in the Ultra Open category and Sprint race, but you do need to qualify for the Ultra Elite and Age Group categories. You must finish a regular-season Ultra within these time limits to qualify: Elite: A finish time less than 10 hours, Age Group: A finish time of less than 13 hours.

*All 2017 regular Ultra finishers (including Iceland) have been sent an email with a code to enter the 2018 Iceland Ultra Championship. If you did not get that email please email US@Spartan.com for assistance

 

HOW MUCH MILEAGE DO I NEED TO DO TO FINISH?

In order to get an Ultra Finisher Belt Buckle and officially finish the race, you must complete at least 30 miles (6 laps of the 5-mile looped course).

 

HOW MANY MILES AND HOW MANY OBSTACLES WILL THERE BE PER LOOP?

Approximately 5-8 miles per loop. Expect 15+ Spartan obstacles per loop, as well as many natural obstacles such as single track, scree slopes, and some shallow thermal river crossings.

 

WHO WON LAST YEAR? HOW MANY MILES DID THEY RACK UP IN 24 HOURS?

Check out last years top finishers and their final mileage on the 2017 Iceland Elite Leaderboard here.

 

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE RACERS TO FINISH 30 MILES LAST YEAR?

For some racers it took the full 24 hours to finish 30 miles, while the first place male finished 30 miles in about 10 hours. His average pace was 19 minutes 20 seconds per mile.

After every 5-mile lap racers have the opportunity to enter the heated, indoor Transition Area to eat, drink, change clothes, use the facilities, etc. Because of that, it’s hard to tell exactly how long they were actively running for using finish time and total mileage. Check out the 2017 Iceland Open Category Results here.

 

WILL THERE BE BURPEE PENALTIES FOR FAILING AN OBSTACLE?

Yes. The quantity is TBD. There will also be penalty loops

 

WILL IT BE COLD?

Iceland in winter isn’t as cold as it sounds. Temperatures compared to the American northeast, for example, are relatively mild. You can expect December averages from -1°C to +4°C (30 to 39°F). Be prepared though for high winds, rain, snow, sun, fog, darkness, thermal river crossings, stray Vikings and lots more. A mandatory gear list will be provided as the event date approaches.

 

WHAT KIND OF SHOES SHOULD I WEAR?

We recommend bringing several pairs of trail-running shoes, including one pair with an aggressive tread pattern suitable for slippery and muddy conditions. Use of spikes, cleats or shoe chains is not permitted. We have a great selection trail-running shoes on our Spartan Shop.

 

HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER?

Click here to sign up for an Iceland Volunteer shift. If you have any issues or questions please contact volunteer@spartan.com, and one of our friendly team members will be in touch. Iceland promises to be an experience that is just as special for volunteers. Thanks for your support!

 

ABOUT THE $100,000 CHALLENGE… WHAT IF MULTIPLE PEOPLE FINISH 100 MILES?

In the event multiple people break 100 miles, the prize money for that accomplishment goes to the first person to finish 100-miles. Separately: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Mens and Womens Elite will be awarded in a podium ceremony following the race.

 

 

OTHER QUESTIONS?

We encourage you to post your questions on the Official Iceland Event page on Facebook or use the Live Chat feature on the bottom right side of this website and we’ll answer you as quickly as possible.

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