Icelandic Saga 2019



An Intermediate Level Icelandic Adventure

7th to 13th September 2019

The land of Ice & fire

Iceland is an amazing place and we’re glad to see that you are considering joining HERO for the third adventure around this stunning island. Rural Iceland is a land of contrasts of wild beauty and endless space, made up of rivers, mountains, valleys, waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, cold and hot springs and so much more that wherever you are able to look you will see stunning vistas.

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Event Description

Intermediate difficulty

Iceland –  Lunar, volcanic, dramatic, inspiring, magical.  The Icelandic Saga in 2019 will be a nine day adventure with seven competitive days, covering a greater area of the island than the 2015 Saga. The route will consist of a mixture of handling and maneuverability tests, regularities and link sections, along with magnificent and breathtaking views.

Crews will have the chance to stop at the picturesque locations of the Geysir, a hot spring and favourite stop along the Golden Circle, The Godafoss waterfalls – one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland and the incredible Myvatn Nature Baths, a set of geothermally heated pools and steam baths.

On one of the competition days, there will be an opportunity for those that want to keep their adrenaline levels up, a half day Skidoo driving. On a separate day, competitors will be able to relax and experience the wonder of Whale watching from the glacial oceans off the northern coast of Iceland.

Icelandic Saga 2015 - A short video of the event

Event Characteristics

Scrutineering Date

6th September

After cars clear customs

Start Date

7th September

Crews arrive Thursday evening (5th)

Finish Date

13th September

Length of Route

1223 Miles

1968 Kms

Pre event briefing


Friday 6th September

Approx. Daily mileage


281 Kms

Vehicle Eligibility

Pre 1986

Navigation Type


One or two simple maps

Night Section


Expected No. of Tests


Expected No. Regularities


HERO Cup Coefficient


Event Permit


Current Entry Fee


(Exp 31st May 2019)

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Vehicle Information

  • Only cars built pre 1986 or a model available pre-1986 are eligible to enter
  • The cars will be split into classes, based on age and cc
  • The scoring on the test sections is class based so you will be scoring against other similar aged cars
  • Vehicle eligibility is defined in the HERO Standard Regulations
  • HERO continue to generally favour older cars and the route chosen has been planned around cars from the 1960’s but both older and newer cars will feel equally at home

What Is Included In The Entry Fee?

  • Entry to the event for a car and a crew of two
  • Wine served with all scheduled evening meals
  • Awards dinner on the last night
  • Drinks reception prior to awards dinner
  • Morning refreshments on competition days
  • Afternoon refreshments on competition days
  • Lunch on all competition days
  • Souvenir Rally Plates
  • Door plates
  • Detailed Tulip road book with an overview map
  • Finishers souvenir
  • Branded Regalia
  • A double or twin room (to share) for nine nights – Thursday 5th September through to Friday 13th September 2019 inclusive A room with single occupancy is available for a supplement
  • Evening meals for six nights – Thursday 5th, Friday 6th and one night during the week you are free to choose to do as you wish

Shipping of your car to and from Iceland is not included.

Confirmed shipping cost wont be available until early 2019.  Departure will be from Hull (Immingham) or the Netherlands.

More info to follow

Whale watching and Skiddoo driving will be offered as a pass through cost

Event Schedule


Crews arrive

crews arrive via Keflavik International Airport and make their way to Rally HQ in Reykavik.
A free evening to saunter into town and enjoy the bars and restaurants or a meal in the hotel that is rally HQ.


Scrutineering & documentation

Crews collect their cars from customs at the dockside then make their way to Scrutineering before processing through documentation.

Another free evening to enjoy Iceland's bustling social scene.


Day one

Start your engines - Leaving Reykjavik behind the event heads to Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss AKA ‘The Golden Circle’ before turning towards the highlands via Thjorsardalur, crossing one of the largest rivers in Iceland. Majestic views of the South can be seen before heading towards equestrian country and the volcano Mt. Hekla. The day finishes with a test at Gaddstaðaflatir equestrian showgrounds and an overnight at Hella.


Day two

From Hella we venture through one of the most famous Icelandic Saga locations - Niall’s Saga, took place, before passing the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss and of course the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier. Why not walk on the black sand beach at Vik or take a look at the glacier lagoon with its diamond like ice clumps before the possibility of skidooing on Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull.


Day three

The route takes you north to the eastern part of the island with its long firths and mountain passes. Regularites make use of the winding mountain roads and picturesque valleys stopping for tests at the local fishing villages. The last test of the day will take place at the Alcoa aluminum refinery after which you stop for the night at Egilsstaðir, where the local cuisine regularly features reindeer.


Day four

Leaving Egilsstaðir you travel along the highest road in Iceland, starting of course with a hillclimb. Once over the mountain you will carry out a test in the village of Vopnafjörður before heading west passing the salmon river Prince Charles has visited numerous times throughout the years. Lunch is at Möðrudalur, the highest farm in Iceland - filling up with petrol there is an experience worthwhile. Next stop is the Earth Baths in Myvatnssveit, time will be factored in to experience them, before the last regularity around Lake Myvatn - one of the few places where Aegagropila linnaei (moss ball) is found outside of lake Akan in Japan.


Day five

Going north following the Laxá river you drive past what some say are the most beautiful surroundings in Iceland. Turning west you will stop at the Transport Museum at Ystafell for coffee then after passing through a tunnel into Eyjafjörður, the first thing you will see is Akureyri. Often referred to as Iceland’s capital of the north, here you will complete a test followed by lunch. You then head to Siglufjörður where you can go whale watching, enjoy a round of golf on a unique course or just spend a leisurely evening at Sigló Hotel.


Day six

The path from Siglufjörður will take you through the mountains back to the coastal road. You will have a short stop at the village of Hofsós for coffee before continuing along the northern coast of Iceland. Here you will be travelling along some of the best agricultural areas in the country with rivers brimming with salmon. After passing over Holtavörðuheiði mountain pass, where the weather often changes from one side to the other, you stop for the night at Reykholt. This is where Iceland’s greatest medieval writer, poet, scholar and statesman Snorri Sturluson lived.


Day Seven

Before commencing your final day you are free to view the Snorri exhibition that includes examples of his work as a scholar. Shortly after leaving Reykholt you will find Europe's most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver. Regularites and tests will take you to the Agricultural University and War and Peace Museum in Hvalfjörður that brings to life the unique atmosphere of the North American and British troops occupying Iceland (1940–45). Returning to Reykjavik, the finish line at Harpa and a glass of celebratory bubbly awaits…


Return cars to shippers

An early morning start to return the cars to customs and the shippers before making your way to the airport, or your hotel if you have opted to stay on for a few days.

For more Information on the Icelandic Saga 2019 and to learn more about what happened after the first recce…


Entry List

Icelandic Saga 2019 - Confirmed Entries

Icelandic Saga 2019 - Accepted Entries

Icelandic Saga 2019 - Pending Entries

Event Documentation

Equipment Check-List

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