Marathon runners starting the race in street Lækjargata

In the first Reykjavik Marathon in 1984 56 runners took part in the marathon distance. Past few years there were around 1.500 registered runners. 


The marathon distance is open for all men and women 18 years and older. The time limit is seven hours and 30 minutes. 


Registration should be done online here at . 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 Reykjavik Marathon is unique, and very scenic. The marathon is one lap and starts in Sóleyjargata and finishes downtown in Lækjargata 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. Participants in the marathon also run through the Elliðaárdal valley, the location of one of the country’s more popular salmon-fishing rivers, a small waterfall, and some woodland. 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 and salmon river sections.

These are the streets and tracks runners run through: 

Sóleyjargata, Njarðargata, Þorragata, Suðurgata, Lynghagi, Ægisíða, Nesvegur, Suðurströnd, Lindarbraut, Norðurströnd, Eiðisgrandi, Ánanaust, Fiskislóð to Hólmaslóð and then back the same way. Grandagarð, Mýrargata, Geirsgata, Kalkofnsveg, Sæbraut to east, Sæbraut to west, in Katrínartún (Höfðatún), Miðtún, down Hátún, east on path in Sóltún and beside Kringlumýrarbraut. Over walkway to Hofteigur, over Reykjavegur and to a path in Laugardalur valley (Þvottalaugavegur), east on a path along Engjavegur and then on a path beside Suðurlandsbraut. Skeiðarvogur, Langholtsvegur, Gnoðarvogur, Skeiðarvogur, east on a path beside Suðurlandsbraut, walkway over Miklabraut and a path along Miklabraut. Under Reykjanesbraut, path to Rafstöðvarvegur north, to a path beside Bíldshöfði to west, path along Knarrarvogur, Súðarvogur, Naustavogur and the walkway over river Elliðaár. Path beside Sævarhöfði to east, Tangabryggja, path behind Naustabryggja, Naustabryggja and Sævarhöfði to south. Rafstöðvarvegur to south, path over river Elliðaár, under Reykjanesbraut and through Fossvogsdalur valley. Below the cemetery to a cycling path along Öskjuhlíð, under Flugvallarvegur and follow a path along Flugvallarvegur and west on a path beside Bústaðavegur. Walkway over Hringbraut, path along Vatnsmýrarvegur and over the old Hringbraut. Bergstaðastræti, Skólavörðustígur, Grettisgata to east, Barónsstígur to north, Skúlagata to west, Sæbraut to 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 5 KM. Gatorade and water will be provided and bananas on the second half of the route. Runners in the full marathon can leave a refreshment at the EXPO. It will be brought to the 21 km and/or the 31 km drinking station. Be sure to mark your refreshments very well. At the refreshment station by the finish line marathon runners can also have pretzels. 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 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 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 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.