Glacier 360 is a 300 km ride around Langjökull Glacier in Iceland. You start at Geysir geothermal area and finish off at Gullfoss waterfall. We race in four stages, one stage for each day of the race.
It all comes down to dealing with long distances in the rough but majestic Icelandic highlands. For this challenge you can expect anything and everything to happen, weather and conditions can vary from one minute to the other and unforeseen situations are a part of the challenge.
The terrain is diverse, you'll find it all, smooth and a bit rugged gravel roads, flowy and fun turns, a few steep climbs, easygoing dirt single tracks and rivers to cross (not on bridges but with support).
THURSDAY, AUGUST 8TH
- PRE RACE MEETING
- STAGE ONE: URBAN FOREST PROLOGUE
Get race ready. Today the pre-race meeting and expo will be held in Reykjavik. Riders are required to show up for the meeting as well as they will be able to pick up their documents, meet & greet other riders and race crew.
Straight after the meeting we will have start Stage One: Urban Forest Prologue, a 4,3 km long prologue in Öskjuhlíð which is in riding distance from the pre-race meeting.
Please note that there'll also be a mechanical tent during the race with spare parts, etc. where you can service your bike or have it serviced for you. More info on the service and service order available here.
For those choosing to do the indoor plus package we'll provide a transport this afternoon to Laugarvatn which is only 20 minutes drive from the start point. The package will include accommodation, dinner and access to the Laugarvatn Fontana pool and natural saunas. We'll take care of riders, bikes, meals and whatnot.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9TH
- STAGE TWO: THE BLACK AND WHITE MILES.
Let the games begin. Today we start the race next to the famous Strokkur hot spring at Geysir geothermal area. Riders in our camp and indoor packages will get transport included from Reykjavik or Laugarvatn to the start point.
The race today is through a mix of fire and ice. The track follows the contour of the south side of Langjökull glacier, the second biggest glacier in Iceland. Racing over pitch black volcanic sands and gravel through lava and vast open volcanic deserts with the immense glacier on your right hand side.
The views are incredible, like being on the moon, that is to say if the moon had glacier capped volcanoes.
The Black and White Miles end in the green as the stage ends in the lush glacier valley of Húsafell on the west side of the glacier.
Húsafell and surroundings offers many creature comforts, including a geothermally heated swimming pool and hot tubs. For those joining our all inclusive packages we've included accommodation in Húsafell and free access to the local swimming pool, dinner at the bistro and other comfort in our camp.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH
- STAGE THREE: THE WATERWORLD CLIMBS.
The second day of the race is the most gruelling. Sweat, suffering and surreal beauty at high latitudes is on the menu today.
Today riders will expose themselves to the highlands riding on the North side of the Langjökull glacier. Today there'll be unbridged rivers to cross on the highlands of Arnarvatnsheiði, lakes to many to count and again the glacier on your right hand side (this is the Glacier 360°).
The WaterWorld Climb ends at the highest point of the race, in the dead centre of the Icelandic highlands at Hveravellir "oasis". Oasis being a rather loose term for a highland refuge formed around a hot spring on the oldest coast-to-coast road in Iceland, the Kjölur road.
Tonight will be spent at Hveravellir highland center. You are basically in the highlands so no luxury should be expected but the place has it's charm. We'll keep presenting good food and you'll be able to warm up in a natural geothermal pool.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11TH
- STAGE FOUR: THIEF VALLEY
On the last day of the race we'll race from Hveravellir highland center all the way to Gullfoss waterfall. The trail starts along an old highland road into Thjofadalir valley which is nested underneath the glacier. Dropping into the valley is a magnificent sight, the glacier your direct line of sight.
The valley is lush and riders will follow an abandoned dirt path which has only been treaded by horses and hikers for many years. Along this trail are a few rocky sections which riders will have to do their best to manoeuvre over and around, selecting the quickest way to pass it.
Riders will ride the trail for approximately 20 km before again reaching a gravel road which will slowly descend and follow Hvítá river all the way to the Gullfoss waterfall where the race will finish.
At race finish riders in our packages will get a shuttle transport to Úthlíð where we'll host a celebration and award ceremony. It's about 15 minutes drive from the race finish line. There you'll be able to access your luggage and soak in one of the place's hot pots. At location we will have BBQ, beer and beverages. Once the award ceremony's finished we'll offer transfer back to Reykjavik for all participants with transport included.
For riders in the indoor plus package the first night available is spent only a few kilometers from where we take of by Geysir. The village, Laugarvatn has a nice bathing area with warm geothermal pools and natural steam rooms. It's perfect to relax for the first stage.
The night at the end of stage one will be spent in one of the most popular vacation areas in Iceland. It also has a very nice pool which participants will have private access to.
The night at the end of stage two will be all about the adventure. We'll spend it in the Icelandic highland area, Hveravellir. It is magical but basic, with a natural geothermal pool and very basic dressing rooms.
FOOD, SNACKS AND DRINKS
Included in the entry fee are drinks and snacks at minimum one and maximum three drink stations during the day and a post race meal. For those joining the all inclusive packages we'll provide three meals per day and all soft drinks and snacks. Meals are breakfast, daily post-race meal and dinner. Snacks will be available at all times on location.
For all inclusive packages (Camp, Indoor and Indoor Plus) transport to and from Reykjavik is included.