Running in Reykjavik, Iceland
By arungupta on Feb 10, 2012
How do runners explore a new country ?
Yep, by running!
That's exactly what I did after sleeping for about 2.5 hrs during San Francisco/Boston/Reykjavik night :-) Met an ex-Sun colleague who arranged a wonderful trail run by Ellioa River and Atlantic Sea. The river is the largest river to run through Reykjavik and is well known for fishing salmon during summer. There was still sopme residual snow, from last week's storm, on the trail and of course water was all over. We also experienced some hail towards the end of the run but a quick ride to the hotel and a warm shower was a great ending.
Here is the running route that we followed:
And some pictures from the trail:
Running seems to becoming more main stream in Reykjavik. Each swimming pool has a "hlaupakort" (running map) posted near the entrance with routes marked in different lengths. The 3 most frequented pools in the downtown area are Laugardalslaug, Sundhöllin, and Vesterbær. There is no way to reach out the running groups except the last one has a presence here. Generally the rule is just show up in running clothes and look for the spandex-clad group stretching. Learn more about running meetups in Reykjavik in this thread. There is even a 1/2 Ironman in July and a full marathon in August and . Read more about running in Reykjavik here.
Thank you Kristinn for arranging the run and Agust for showing me the trail!
Now to Java EE 6 workshop tomorrow morning ...