Half marathon
Happy half marathon runners

In the first Reykjavik Marathon in 1984 68 runners took part in the half marathon distance. Past few years the number of participants has been close to 3000. 


The half marathon distance is open for all men and women 15 years and older. The time limit is 7 hours and 30 minutes. 


Registration should be done online here at marathon.is. It will also be possible to register at the EXPO but then the entry fee will be higher. Click here for further information about registration for the Reykjavik Marathon. Participants in the 10 km, 21.1 km and 42.2 km distances, are prohibited from bringing strollers/pushchairs or prams onto the course.

The route

The course of the half marathon is one lap. The race starts and finishes downtown within sight of the pond and the city hall. The location is unbeatable, considering that a large number of hotels are within 5 to 10 minutes walking distance from the start of the race.

The first part of the course runs through a residential area where many of the inhabitants come out of their houses to cheer the runners on. This is followed by a section where the runners pass along the seaside and have excellent views of the ocean, but also of the mountains surrounding Reykjavik, including Esjan and the Snæfellsjökull glacier. In the last part of the race, the participants pass a number of famous buildings, including Höfdi House, a Reykjavik City Council reception venue where US President Ronald Reagan and USSR General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev met for a summit in 1986.

Most of the race takes place on the streets of the city, although parts of the route are run on tracks, particularly the seaside section.

These are the streets and tracks runners run through: 

Sóleyjargata, Njarðargata, Þorragata, Suðurgata, Lynghagi, Ægisíða, Nesvegur, Suðurströnd, Lindarbraut, Norðurströnd, Eiðisgrandi, Ánanaust, Fiskislóð, Grandagarður, Mýrargata, Geirsgata, Kalkofnsvegur, Sæbraut to the east, Sægarðar, Sæbraut to the west, Kalkofnsvegur and Lækjargata.

The course is measured by certified AIMS measurer and accredited by the Icelandic Athletic Federation.

Click here for a map.

Refreshment stations

Refreshment stations will be located every 4 KM. Powerade and water will be provided. The locations of the stations are marked on the route map.


Timing is done by a MyLaps/ChampionChip electronic timing. Each participant gets a number with a chip that measures the time. Click here for further information about timing.


All the runners that finish the race will receive a medal. The top three runners in the half marathon will receive special awards as well as money prize. See further information here.

Age groups

The first runner in each age group will get a special prize. See further information here.

Send us an e-mail to  [email protected] if you need further information about the half marathon.

  • Íslandsbanki
  • Adidas
  • Suzuki
  • Budget
  • Garmin
  • 66 Norður
  • Kynnisferðir / Reykjavik Excursions
  • Margt smátt
  • Korta
  • Fulfil
  • Promennt
  • Bændaferðir / Hey Iceland
  • Gatorade

The Islandsbanki Reykjavik Marathon is organized by Reykjavik Sports Union, a union of sports clubs in Reykjavik. Other events organized by the Reykjavik Sports Union are: Laugavegur Ultra Marathon in July, Suzuki Midnight Sun Run in June, Reykjavik International Games in January and the Northern Lights Run in February.