Trekyllisheidin is a unique ultra-event, taking place annually in August in one of the most remote and exotic regions in north-western Iceland, known for its hospitality. The route takes you through a harsh mountain environment of weathered stones, small lakes, and rivers, but in between you can enjoy scenic views down to the fjords beneath. You might even see the mountain ridge Drangaskörð in the far north, i.e., if you are lucky with the weather (which is not always the case). The trail is technical, but there are no steep hills or cliffs you can fall off, except if you get lost (which is highly unlikely).

Trekyllisheidin Ultra 48 km

Trekyllisheidin ultra (48K) is the longer version of Trekyllisheidin, starting in one of the two most remote and isolated communities in Iceland, Árneshreppur, inhabited by only 42 people according to the latest records. You might travel up there by yourself, but otherwise just take the bus, provided be the organizers.

The race starts at the local community house in Árnes in Trékyllisvík. From there, the route follows a gravel road for the first couple of miles, but after that, the runners start the ascend to the mountains, following a rough super-jeep trail, north of Mt. Glissa and then turning south to lake Reykjarfjarðarvatn and Mt. Búrfell. After some 34 km, the route crosses Goðdalsá river. A few km later the runners start the descent to Steingrímsfjörður, down to Selárdalur walley where they cross river Selá and take the final sprint to the goal at the ski hut at Brandsholt. From there it is only 16 km drive (or run) towards south to the swimming pool and hot tubs in Hólmavík village – or 21 km towards east to the fishing village of Drangsnes.

Trekyllisheidin ultra (48K) has been evaluated by ITRA (International Trail Running Association) and gives 2 ITRA-points and 2 mountain-points. It has also been accepted as an UTMB qualifying race.


Trekyllisheidin Mini 16.5 km

Trekyllisheidin mini (16.5K) is the short version of Trekyllisheidin, providing runners with an excellent opportunity to enter the ultra running community and get some ITRA-points, even the first ones. The race starts on the mountain pass Bjarnarfjarðarháls, between Steingrímsfjörður and Bjarnarfjörður, north of the scenic fishing village Hólmavík. The route follows a rough and at some times a bit muddy super-jeep trail into Trekyllisheidi. After 8.5 km it is about time to turn left and follow the same path as the ultra runners participating in Trekyllisheidin ultra, down to Selárdalur walley, across river Selá and towards the goal at the ski hut at Brandsholt. From there it is only 16 km drive (or run) to the swimming pool and hot pots in Hólmavík – or 21 km towards east to the fishing village of Drangsnes.

Trekyllisheidin mini (16.5K) has been evaluated by ITRA (International Trail Running Association), so participants will earn ITRA performance scores.



Registration at https://netskraning.is/trekyllisheidin/.

 Price schedule:48 km16.5 km
 To 31 dec 2021 85 EUR40 EUR
 1 Jan – 30 June 2022 95 EUR47 EUR
 From 1 July 2022110 EUR55 EUR

Included in the fee:

  • Bib and timing
  • Security and guidance
  • Drinks and nutrition at drinking stations and in the goal area
  • WC at the start and in the goal area
  • Luggage from the startline to the goal area
  • Prize for top-3 men and women

Upon registration, participants must indicate whether they intend to take the bus from Selárdalur to the startline, and the fare will then be added to the registration fee. The fare to Trékyllisvík is 50 EUR per person and 15 EUR per person for the shorter run at Bjarnarfjarðarháls. Fares are subject to the same refund terms as with entry fees, (see below). Those who don’t choose the bus at registration can still book a ride by sending an e-mail to allaoskars@gmail.com 31 July 2022 the latest. However, sufficient supply of seats cannot be guaranteed at that time.

Participants participate in the race at their own risk and are not entitled to the organizers due to events related to the race. The registered participant is responsible for the bib number and must not hand it over to others to participate in the race. Anyone who runs with a number not dedicated to him/her by the organizer is not a valid participant.

50% of the entry fee will be refunded upon request (to allaoskars@gmail.com) until 1 July 2022. If the race is canceled after that due to a natural disaster, weather, pandemic or other unforeseen reasons, 50% will be refunded. Changing of names is allowed, by sending an e-mail to allaoskars@gmail.com.

Participants are requested to respect the nature and no waste may be thrown along the trail, except in special containers at the drinking stations. Participants are also requested to respect other participants and hikers along the way and obey the staff’s instructions in all cases. External assistance to competitors is not permitted, except in the case of emergency. In such cases, participants should assist other participants until further appropriate assistance is received.

Participants are responsible for their own equipment and must dress according to the weather and the weather forecast. Compulsory equipment in the longer run is as follows:

  • Multible use cups for drinks from rivers and at drinking stations
  • Fully charged mobile
  • Aluminium carpet
  • A whistle
  • Hat / buff and gloves

Participants must have their bibs visible throughout the race.

The race director can expel those who do not follow the terms. The race director may also stop the race or cancel it due to external circumstances.

By registering, the participant agrees to the above terms.

Race Day

Time schedule
07:30             Bus departure from Selárdalur to Trékyllisvík (for 48 km)
10:00             Start 48 km at the community centre in Árnes, Trékyllisvík
12:15             Bus departure from Selárdalur to Bjarnarfjarðarháls (for 16.5 km)
13:00             Start 16,5 km at Bjarnarfjarðarháls
13:30             First runners possibly approaching the goal in Selárdalur
15:30             Prize ceremony in Selárdalur (or when first three have arrived)
18:00             Goal closed (time limits for 48 km)