The Northern Lights ‘fun run’ (or walk) will take place in Reykjavík tonight, Saturday, February 8. Starting at 7pm, brightly clad participants will set out from the Reykjavík Art Museum on a 5 km trot through downtown, which will be illuminated for the occasion. Runners will all get their very own light-up gear as well, making them “part of the entire show from start to finish.”
The Northern Lights Run is part of the Reykjavík Winter Lights Festival, which has been part of the city’s event calendar for the last 18 years. Billed as an event dedicated to “feeling healthy, having fun, and spending an amazing night out with friends and/or family,” the run isn’t timed but is expected to take anywhere between 20 and 70 minutes.
The course runs past Harpa, through Hallgrímskirkja, past Hljómskálinn by Tjörnin pond, through City Hall, and ends back at the Reykjavík Art Museum on Tryggvagata. DJs will be set up at “fun stations” along the route and there will be a dance party at the art museum at the end of the event. The route will be closed to traffic throughout the event.
All participants must register for the event and are reminded to dress for the weather in bright, reflective colours so that they can easily be seen in the dark. Runners and walkers may not bring their dogs, but prams and strollers are acceptable, as long as they are fitted with reflectors or lights. Walkers are asked to stay to the right so that people moving faster can pass on the left.
Find more information on the Northern Lights Run website, here.