Orkugangan Ski Marathon 2014
The Big Picture
Orkugangan is a 60 km long cross country ski race from Krafla in the Mývatn area to the town of Húsavík by Skjálfandi bay.
Orkugangan is the longest ski race in Iceland and a point earning part of the Iceland race series Íslandsgangan. The trail is groomed and tracked.
The race derives its name from the abundant natural energy in this region. It runs through the active rift zone of Northeast Iceland where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are separating. The terrain along the trail is mostly untouched wilderness with volcanic landscape; mountain ranges, fissures, hot springs and vast open lava fields, some thousands of years old and others barely 30 years old, with variously shaped lava sculptures. Geothermal energy is abundant in the earth below and in some places its force is visible above the surface.