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Visit Ísafjörður

For the first few decades the race was 20 km long. In 1987 a shorter distance of 10 km was added, and two years later another addition was made, this time an easy 7 km course which is suitable for children and beginners. The 50 km race has been on the program since 2004.

The most successful Fossavatn athlete is the local skier Kristjan Rafn Gudmundsson, who won the race 12 times in the 1960s and 70s. However, the skier who has participated in most Fossavatn races is another local, Sigurdur Jonsson, who first skied the race in 1938 and has participated almost every year since!

After the inauguration of the 50 km distance, Fossavatn Ski Marathon has been getting increased attention from skiers overseas. The reace was added to the FIS Race Calendar in 2005, and that same year the Fossavatn became a founding partner of the FIS Nordic Ski Marathon Cup, a series which includes the Holmenkollen Skimaraton in Norway, Tornedalsloppet in Sweden, Oulun Tervahiihto in Finland and Fossavant Ski Marathon in Iceland.

Many superstars from the world of cross-country skiing have graced the Fossavatn with their presence. The first of those was Norwegian Paul Gunnar Mikkelsplass, who skied the Fossavatn in 1985, when he was at the peak of his carreer as a world cup skier. In recent years this group has gown bigger with the addition of people such as the Norwegian legends Thomas Alsgaard and Hilde G. Pedersen, Suzanne Nyström and Lina Anderson from Sweden, and the tripple Vasaloppet winner Oskar Svärd.

Where are we?

Fossavatnsgangan takes place in Isafjordur, in the Westfjords of iceland

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How to get here by plane

Air Iceland offers two to three daily flights between Reykjavik and Isafjordur. The flight leaves from the domestic airport in the heart of Reykavik and takes about 40 minutes.

For details, see www.airiceland.is

How to get here by car

To get to Isafjordur from the international airport in Reykjavik/Keflavik, follow road 1, the Ringroad, from Reykjavik through Borgarnes and turn to your left, after about 10-15min drive after Borgarnes onto road #60. After the turn there are about 90km, over two mountain roads, there is a turn to your right on road #61. On you way there is one stop in the town of Budardalur (after about 40 from where you turned onto road#60)

After you turn onto road#61 you follow road 61 through Holmavik and on to Isafjordur. Please note that at this time of the year there could still be snow or ice on some of the roads, especially the mountain roads. Please contact the Road Administration for information before you start your journey. Their info-line can be reached in the four digit number 1777, and their website www.vegagerdin.is/english/road-conditions-and-weather/ shows you the latest information on the state of the roads.

If you are looking to rent a car for your trip to Isafjordur, kindly keep in mind that Hertz (www.hertz.is) is an important sponsor of the Fossavatn Ski Marathon.

Where to stay

Hótel Ísafjörður has a special Fossavatn Ski Marathon offer, see their website www.hotelisafjordur.is.

You could also contact the Information office (info@vestfirdir.is) about various kinds of accomodation.

Travel operators

Hótel Ísafjörður has a special Fossavatn Ski Marathon offer, see their website www.hotelisafjordur.is.

You could also contact the Information office (info@vestfirdir.is) about various kinds of accomodation.