Entries for 2019 and 2020 are now Open

The Fire + Ice Ultra

Probably the Toughest Multi-Terrain Foot Race in the World

Ultra Race in Iceland 2019 from Monday  August 26th to Saturday August 31st

(2020 is Monday August 31st to Saturday 5th September   )

(Competitors need to arrive at Race HQ  in HUsavik, Northern Iceland by 5pm Saturday the 24th August )

( See information about All-Iceland to help you arrive at Race HQ )

Kit checks and medical checks finish at 9:00 pm on Saturday 24th

See lower down the page for full program for 2019

Competitors will depart Race HQ at 9:30am am on Sunday the 26th for Base camp in the heart of the Icelandic Highland’s 

Accommodation at Race HQ included for the Saturday night before

From the Race Director

Dear competitor,

I have been involved as a competitor, Race Director, and Course Director in many extreme ultra races around the world. In creating the Fire and Ice Ultra I set myself a challenge to design a course that takes in the greatest elements of all other courses I know.
I have been involved in events in the Sahara Desert of Morocco, Egypt, Namibia, Vietnam, the Gobi Desert in China, the Atacama Desert in Chile,  Mongolia, Nepal, Antarctica, Peru, United Kingdom, Switzerland, and I have been Race Director of the Commonwealth Ultra championships on several occasions.   And also Race Director of the Annapurna Ultra in Nepal in 2017 & 2018.

In the Fire and Ice Ultra the aim was to create a course that incorporated many of the environments  seen elsewhere, but at the same time  bringing the unique, remote and pristine Icelandic environment to your feet.


  • Sand Dunes of the Sahara
  • Glacier of the Arctic
  • Rivers, valleys and grasslands from Europe and America
  • Volcanic landscapes, unique to Iceland
  • Towards the end of the 2014 event, a new Volcano erupted, lasting many months, this has now stopped, but provides new and spectacular views from the course.

And of course

  • Physical challenge of 250km
  • Demands of self-reliance
  • Difficulties of different terrains
  • Mental battle to finish!

Having been to many other landscapes and countries I’d previously set courses in, Iceland with its unique geology, was clearly a special choice. The Icelandic interior is uninhabited with the nearest road being over 100 miles away from our starting point, this allows the course to take in glacial/volcanic plains, lava fields and deserts of ash. Starting in the centre and head north towards the lush meadows as we get closer to  the coast,  providing a variety of spectacular challenging terrain and natural obstacles.

Fire and Ice Ultra Race Iceland

  • Imagine crossing the ancient volcanic landscape completely untouched by human hand.
  • Brand new volcanic landscape, now going where no one has gone before.
  • Being one of a handful of people ever to set foot and maybe the last, previous competitors covered land no one will ever see again.
  • Running through volcanic steam vents heading north towards the Arctic Circle.
  • Running along the ridge and almost the full circumference of a dormant volcano.
  • Passing through landscapes only seen in Science Fiction films.
  • In recent years competitors have been treated to fantastic Northern lights displays during the event.

The Fire + Ice Challenge


To complete the 250km, 6 day, constantly changing Icelandic terrain

6 Stages

To run unassisted from the glacier in the centre of Iceland, to the hot springs near the coast




Most importantly to earn this challenge you must be self-reliant, carrying everything you need: food, water, clothing etc. (see race info pack) for the duration


The Fire + Ice camp team will set up tents for you and also provide hot water, but that should be it, this is YOUR personal challenge!


Of course your safety is paramount and my highly experienced team will have 4WD vehicles on the course and at manned checkpoints should you require medical help or assistance.

This is what some of our competitors say :

“Hard, but well worth the pain”

” I would just like to thank you for putting together such an incredible experience. You can really see you put a lot of thought into the course, I especially liked the little detours through rocky canyons. Anyway, thanks for all the hard work you and your team put in, my feet have nearly healed.” – Martin

“Amazing, what a place.”

”I’ve done a few other multi-day races but this was in another league. Thanks so much for organising it. I’ll definitely be going back to Iceland what a place. So pleased All-Iceland sorted everything out for me, saved me a lot of hassle, time and money” – Sharon Gayter

“This is harder than the  Marathon des Sables” – From the 5 time Marathon des Sables winner Mohamad Ahansal and many other MDS veterans

We have put together an incredible course, BUT you will have to earn this experience!

  • It can be completed by anyone with the right attitude, training and commitment.
  • Runners and walkers are welcome, we do have cut of times but they are very generous.
  • All abilities and experience levels have taken on the challenge.

You’ve probably looked at other races –

Only Fire + Ice has the complete range of challenges, terrain and landscapes. Keeping the race exciting and unpredictable; sand dunes, lava fields, past new steaming lava fields, grassy valleys, deserts of black sand and glacial river crossings.

Your Awesome Race Package Includes :

An incredible route

Planned over many months to give you the most challenging route whilst also talking in some of the most spectacular parts of Iceland.

Program Details for 2019 are:

Saturday 24th August 2019

Competitors arrive at Race HQ in Northern Iceland by 5pm.

Kit checks, medical reviews, race paperwork on Saturday evening.

Sunday 25th August 2019

9:30 am depart from Husavik to Base Camp in the Icelandic Highlands.

4WD transport to the start, 5 to 6hr drive due to lack of good roads. However, we make a couple of “Tourist” stops on the way, such as the Godafoss waterfall, Detifoss waterfall and a couple of other popular places. We stop at Myvatn, your last chance to use a well-stocked Supermarket and toilets before heading into the Interior of Iceland.

Packed lunch provided.

Competitors provide own Evening Meal, hot water is supplied.

Monday 26th August   2019 – 36.6km

Competitors provide own pre-race Breakfast, hot water is supplied.

Highlights for the day:

New deserts of volcanic ash, hills, lake, steaming lava.

Tuesday 27th August 2019 – 42.6 km

Highlights for the day:

Tracks, Hills, Lava fields, The Queen, Iceland’s iconic mountain, riverside camp.

Wednesday 28th August 2019 – 42.8 km

Highlights for the day

Glacial river crossing, fast tracks, lava fields, Little Sahara, Hidden Valley.

Thursday 29th August 2019 – 70.1km

Highlights for the day:

The most powerful waterfall in the Northern hemisphere, ash, sand and rocky ground

Friday 30th August 2019 – 38.9 km

Highlights for the day:

Lava towers, grassy ground, steaming hills.

Saturday 31st August 2019 – 19 km

Highlights for the day:

Steaming mud pools, steam outlets, volcanic scenery.

The Finish!!!

Bespoke finishers medal.

Saturday night presentation dinner, event slide and film show back at Race HQ with legendary Icelandic hospitality. Presentation of trophies to placed competitors and winning Country.

(Course details can change due to weather and other conditions beyond our control)

Fully marked course

Our course team mark out the complete route for you to follow with RED flags and RED tape.

Base Camp

This will be set up for you at the end of each day by the camp-site team, a tent and hot water is provided each evening and morning at Base Camp (some camps will have access to traditional style toilets, others will be much more basic. )

Accommodation at Race HQ in Northern Iceland 

Saturday 24th August and Saturday 31st August with Bed & Breakfast included, shared rooms.

Supplement due for those requiring Private or Twin accommodation if available.

Most important

A highly qualified and experienced course team of ex-ultra-racers, very keen volunteers and medical professionals are on hand to support you on your challenge.

4WD vehicles on the course each day. Checkpoints, Medics, Course team and Camp team all to make sure that the event goes smoothly.

Cold and Hot water at camp morning and evening.

All starters receive a quality event top.

Special discounts for all Fire and Ice competitors from Extreme Adventure Food.

What’s being one of a few people permitted to cross Iceland Worth to you ?

Guarantee an experience of a lifetime

A challenge that will push you to your limit. In an area only a professional guide knows exists. An experience 99% of people won’t ever have.

You’ve probably seen other races cost £2800 – £4500  !!

The Fire + Ice Ultra is less than that

We provide this incredible experience for £2500 for 2019

Complete the form to reserve your place in the Fire and Ice Ultra