(Fossavatn Ski Marathon) is the oldest and biggest festival of cross-country skiing in Iceland. Ranging from a 1 km (.6 mile) children's event to the 70km (43.5 miles) night race, there is something suitable for the whole family. Don’t miss the Master Class, buffets, and parties, either! It is now a member of the which includes the 20 finest cross-country ski marathons in the world.
Fossavatn Ski Marathon was established inin 1935. The initial race was 18 km (11 miles) long and there were no problems with overcrowded tracks, as only seven skiers showed up for the occasion. The race was held annually until 1940 but was then discontinued. It was revived in 1955 and has never been canceled since. For the first several decades the distance was always around 20 km and the start was close to the lake Fossavatn, from which the race takes its name. Skiers of today would probably find this to be an odd place to start a ski race. It had no facilities, only a huge rock, and a flag pole. There were no shelters or washrooms, not even a road to take you there. In fact, to get to the start you either had to endure an hour‘s mountain hike, or drive a rough mountain road up to the halfway point of the race and ski 10 km (6 miles) “backwards” to the start.