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The Fire + Ice Ultra 2023
Iceland’s Toughest Footrace
Probably the Toughest Multi-Terrain Foot Race in the World
Fire + Ice Ultra Race 2023 starts on Monday, August 28th August and finishes Saturday, September 2nd.
Competitors need to arrive at Race HQ in Northern Iceland by 5 pm Saturday the 26th of August.
( See information about All-Iceland to help you arrive at Race HQ )
Kit checks and Medical checks finish at 8:00 pm on Saturday 26th August
See lower down the page for the full program for 2023
Competitors will depart Race HQ on Sunday the 27th for Base camp in the heart of the Icelandic Highland’s
Accommodation ( Self catering, Tea & Coffee included ) at Race HQ included for the Saturday night before we leave for the highlands, and also on the evening, the event finishes.
From the Race Director
I have been involved as a competitor, Race Director, and Course Director in many extreme ultra races around the world. In creating the Fire and Ice Ultra I set myself a challenge to design a course that takes in the greatest elements of all other courses I know.
I have been involved in events in the Sahara Desert of Morocco, Egypt, Namibia, Vietnam, the Gobi Desert in China, the Atacama Desert in Chile, Mongolia, Nepal, Antarctica, Peru, United Kingdom, Switzerland, and I have been Race Director of the Commonwealth Ultra championships on several occasions. And also Race Director of the Annapurna Ultra in Nepal in 2017 & 2018.
In the Fire and Ice Ultra the aim was to create a course that incorporated many of the environments seen elsewhere, but at the same time bringing the unique, remote and pristine Icelandic environment to your feet.
- Sand Dunes of the Sahara
- The glacier of the Arctic
- Rivers, valleys and grasslands from Europe and America
- Volcanic landscapes, unique to Iceland
- Towards the end of the 2014 event, a new Volcano erupted, lasting many months, this has now stopped but provides new and spectacular views from the course.
And of course
- The physical challenge of 250km
- Demands of self-reliance
- Difficulties of different terrains
- Mental battle to finish!
Having been to many other landscapes and countries I’d previously set courses in, Iceland with its unique geology, was clearly a special choice. The Icelandic interior is uninhabited with the nearest road being over 100 miles away from our starting point, this allows the course to take in glacial/volcanic plains, lava fields and deserts of ash. Starting in the centre and head north towards the lush meadows as we get closer to the coast, providing a variety of spectacular challenging terrain and natural obstacles.
- Imagine crossing the ancient volcanic landscape completely untouched by human hand.
- Brand new volcanic landscape, now going where no one has gone before.
- Being one of a handful of people ever to set foot and maybe the last, previous competitors covered land no one will ever see again.
- Running through volcanic steam vents heading north towards the Arctic Circle.
- Running along the ridge and almost the full circumference of a dormant volcano.
- Passing through landscapes seen in major Science Fiction films.
- In recent years competitors have been treated to fantastic Northern lights displays during the event.
The Fire + Ice Challenge
To complete the 250km, 6 days, constantly changing Icelandic terrain
To run unassisted from the centre of Iceland, to the Coast and finishing just inside the Arctic Circle
NO NAVIGATION REQUIRED!
Most importantly to earn this challenge you must be self-reliant, carrying everything you need: food, water, clothing etc. (see race info pack) for the duration
The Fire + Ice camp team will set up tents for you and also provide hot water, but that should be it, this is YOUR personal challenge!
Of course, your safety is paramount and my highly experienced team will have 4WD vehicles on the course and at manned checkpoints should you require medical help or assistance.
This is what some of our competitors say :
“Hard, but well worth the pain”
” I would just like to thank you for putting together such an incredible experience. You can really see you put a lot of thought into the course, I especially liked the little detours through rocky canyons. Anyway, thanks for all the hard work you and your team put in, my feet have nearly healed.” – Martin
“Amazing, what a place.”
”I’ve done a few other multi-day races but this was in another league. Thanks so much for organising it. I’ll definitely be going back to Iceland what a place. So pleased All-Iceland sorted everything out for me, saved me a lot of hassle, time and money” – Sharon Gayter
“tougher than the Marathon des Sables” – From the 5 time Marathon des Sables winner Mohamad Ahansal and many other MDS veterans, and every competitor since that has done both events.
We have put together an incredible course, that will challenge you physically and menatlly
- It can be completed by anyone with the right attitude, training and commitment.
- Runners and walkers are welcome, we do have cut off times but they are very generous.
- All abilities and experience levels have taken on the challenge.
You’ve probably looked at other races –
Only the Fire + Ice Ultra has the complete range of challenges, terrain and landscapes. Keeping the race exciting and unpredictable; sand dunes, lava fields, past new steaming lava fields, grassy valleys, deserts of black sand and glacial river crossings.
Your Race Package Includes :
An incredible route
Planned over many months to give you the most challenging route whilst also taking in some of the most spectacular parts of Iceland.
Program Details for 2023 are:
Saturday 26th August 2023
Competitors arrive at Race HQ in Northern Iceland by 5 pm.
Kit checks, medical reviews, race paperwork on Saturday evening aiming to finish by 8pm
Sunday 27th August 2023
Depart from Race HQ to Base Camp in the Icelandic Highlands.
Special Off road transport to the start, 5 to 6 hour drive due to lack of good roads. However, we make a couple of “Tourist” stops on the way, such as the Godafoss waterfall, Detifoss waterfall and a couple of other popular places. We stop at Myvatn, your last chance to use a well-stocked Supermarket and toilets before heading into the Interior of Iceland.
Snacks and Drink pack provided for the Journey
Competitors provide their own Sunday Evening Meal, hot water will be supplied.
Course details still to be finalised, below are typical details from previous years
Monday 28th August 2023
Competitors provide their own pre-race Breakfast,
New deserts of volcanic ash, hills, lake, new area of Lava
Tuesday 29th August 2023
Highlights for the day:
Tracks, Hills, Lava fields, The Queen, Iceland’s iconic mountain,
Wednesday 30th August 2023
Highlights for the day
Glacial river crossing, fast tracks, lava fields, Little Sahara, Hidden Valley.
Thursday 31st August 2023
Highlights for the day:
The most powerful waterfall in the Northern hemisphere, ash, sand and rocky ground
Friday 1st September 2023
Highlights for the day:
Lava towers, grassy ground, steaming hills.
Saturday 2nd September 2023
Highlights for the day:
Steaming mud pools, steam outlets, volcanic scenery.
Bespoke finishers medal.
Saturday night presentation dinner, event slide and film show back at Race HQ with legendary Icelandic hospitality.
Presentation of trophies to placed competitors
(Course details can change due to weather and other conditions beyond our control)
Fully marked course
Our course team mark out the complete route for you to follow with RED flags and RED tape.
This will be set up for you at the end of each day by the camp-site team, a tent and is provided each evening and morning at Base Camp (some camps will have access to traditional style toilets, others will be much more basic. )
Accommodation at Race HQ in Northern Iceland
Saturday 26th August and Saturday 2nd September in self catering apartments ( Tea & Coffee included ) Supermarket just 1 mile away.
Private or Twin accommodation if available, supplement applies.
Family packages available to allow friends and family see you finish, and join you at the Celebration dinner.
A highly qualified and experienced course team of ex-ultra-racers, very keen volunteers and medical professionals are on hand to support you on your challenge.
4WD vehicles on the course each day. Checkpoint crew, Medics, Course team and the Camp team all to make sure that the event goes smoothly.
All starters receive a quality event top.
Special discounts for all Fire and Ice competitors from the large range of Freeze dried and ready to eat, self heating meals at Adventure Nutrition
What’s being one of a few people permitted to cross the Northern section of central Iceland Worth to you?
Guarantee an experience of a lifetime
A challenge that will push you to your limit. In an area, only a professional guide knows exists.
An experience more than 99% of people will never have.