COURSE MAP &
POINTS OF INTEREST
The map above is our current course map and points of interest map. If you pull this up onsite it will show you where you are in relation to everything on it. Course descriptions may be found lower on this page below the cell phone coverage links and the course cutoffs.
CELL PHONE COVERAGE
There are three major cell phone carriers in Iceland and their coverage varies based on where you are travelling. The GSM services should cover most of the race but there may be places where mountains or other natural features block coverage. You can visit the carrier website for coverage and plan details:
We found a good writeup on the coverage of the three carriers that you can check out by clicking here.
1.86-MILE / 3,000-METER SWIM COURSE
Our swim takes place in cold crisp fresh waters of an inland lake situated between the Greenland Sea and the base of the famous Kirkjufell Mountain. Swimmers will enter (running start) and exit the 14.5C/58F water via a beautiful black sand beach. The swim is shallow (especially in the beginning) and some swimmers will be able to run/walk for up to 100m as they make their way to deep enough water to actually swim. The entire lake is quite shallow but taking into account the start and finish of 100m being shallow enough to run through we have set a course that will get each athlete 3,000m of swimming. There are two orange buoys on the far end of the lake. Swimmers will swim straight to the one by the farms that’s directly visible from the start/exit. It’s a 2-buoy clockwise swim. once around both buoys on the far end of the lake simply follow the lakeshore on your left all the way to the exit but stay far enough to maintain depth as you swim towards the finish. This is a clean, clear, shallow but cold swim.
112-MILE / 180-KILOMETER BIKE COURSE
Please be aware this map is tentative and subject to chance at any time. If it changes it is only because it is necessary and in the best interests of both the race and athletes. If any changes are made we will email participants to let them know.
The Ísland Extreme Triathlon Bike Course is 180-kilometers or 112-miles.
The bike course will start with a right turn out of T1. There are 3 turns on this course (not counting the right turn into T2 at the end). This course is one full loop of 161k/100m then you repeat the first 12 miles again to get into T2 at the Civic Center (Kliff) in Olafsvik. On this course, once you start, you will encounter 3 turns (right, left, left, in that order). These turns “should” be marked with the presence of a huge grey ExtremeTris.com flag in the direction you turn along with neon survey tape (branded) that will be tied to either signs, posts, rocks, or stakes that will guide you in the direction you will go along with neon pink tape on the road. Although the course will be marked we ask that you look at the turns, roads, and mileage to those turns in order to make sure you know the course and are responsible for your own event. Additionally the course does have a number of hazards to be aware of including but not limited to sheep grates marking the entry and exit of a handful of towns along with speed bumps and possible pedestrians, no shoulder on the entire course, steep drop-offs in some areas if you go off the road, Arctic Tern (birds) that are fiercely territorial when passing through their nesting ground on the road in a number of areas, and sheep that just wander onto the road. Please use extreme caution. Other than that the roads are relatively smooth and well maintained, have beautiful scenery, have very little traffic, and the traffic that is on them is almost always kind, respectful, and willing to give room to cyclists. Please note that this course is 100% open meaning that you must obey any and all traffic laws and always have your head up looking for cars and other hazards. Do not race with your head down staring at your feet.
There is no drafting or riding side by side. If you are passing do it quick and safe. Never assume a car can see you and always be aware of your surroundings. There are no headphones or non headphone music allowed at any time. All riders MUST have a solid white light on the front of their bike and blinking red light on the back of their bike at all times. All riders must wear a high visibility reflective cycling vest at all times and carry a flat changing kit with as well. Lastly all riders must carry a charged cell with them as well.
Athlete support teams must have a dedicated car (only one) that leap frogs their athlete on the course pulling off only when it is safe to do so to offer support in the way of a bottle hand up or actual athlete stop to take care of business. We do not supply any support of any kind on the bike. This means that between what the athlete caries on them while riding plus what support offers them at numerous stops along the way, the athlete must complete the event on their own without our assistance. In the event of a flat or mechanical the athlete or their support should be able to take care of it and get the rider back on the road. Support teams are not permitted to have more than one dedicated support car, may never park on the opposite side of the road, and may never follow their athlete. Only passing and going ahead to the next planned stop is allowed.
26.2-MILE / 42.2-KILOMETER RUN COURSE
The Ísland Extreme Triathlon Run Course is currently set to 42.2-kilometers or 26.2-miles.
The run course will start going away from the mountain road for a short distance out of T2 at the Civic Center. This small counterclockwise loop that runners do in the beginning adds a bit of climbing and distance to get to the full 26.2-miles. Once runners complete a small climb and loop they will be heading away from town on the shoulder of the highway and towards the mountain road. Dirt mountain road 570 goes up and over Snæfellsjökull allowing runners to go straight south to the other side of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This road is suitable for an all wheel drive car although very rough and slow going. It tops out at around 700m/2300’ before descending down to the south side of the mountain for the half way u-turn point. There is a slight left turn dog leg before the u-turn point on a side access road so that runners get in the needed mileage without having to run on the highway. Very high winds and cold temperatures are possible but having runners on a mountain road that’s drivable allows race management to easily access athletes if needed and keep a close eye on the progress of the event.
SUPPORT VEHICLES ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE RUN COURSE. Although run support is not mandatory we recommend it. Support may run the first half, the second half, or the entire run with the athlete. If more than one support runner is on a team they may split and each run half of the event. Any support runner joining the second half of the run at the turn around cannot leave their car. This means if you are joining your athlete for the second half of the run you must have someone to drive the car back to Olafsvik. Lastly, if support cannot keep up with the athlete, someone must call and let us know that the two are separating BEFORE they do. Once we are called we will likely permit the separation if the support is just slower versus a medical situation. If it’s a medical situation the athlete and support will need to stay together until proper rescue arrives.
Hydration/Nutrition Stations listed below will have all of or a portion of the following… Water, Energy Drink, Coke, Gels, Bars, Bananas, Groceries (Real Food).
Swim Start - Nothing
Swim to Bike Transition - Nothing
Bike Course - Nothing
Bike to Run Transition - Hydration/Nutrition
Run 10k/6.2m - Fork - Hydration/Nutrition
Run 22.5k/14m - Turn Around - Hydration/Nutrition
Run 35k/21.8m - Return to Fork - Hydration/Nutrition
Run 42k/26.2m - Finish - Post Race Meal of Fish/Seafood Soup or Wild Mushroom and Bread + Water