Below is everything you need to know about the Covid-19 adapted Icebug Xperience West Coast Trail.
If you have any question that isn’t answered below, please send us an email at ix@icebug.se.

Our starting fee includes shuttle buses from the finish line to the start every day, and a delicious lunch served in a box each day. The starting fee also includes a fold-a-cup from Wildo, a merino wool tee from Aclima, a West Coast Trail medal, and bus transportation between the event and Munkedal train station.

Registration is open December 15th, 2019 to August 16th, 2020.

The sooner you sign up, the cheaper it will be!

December 15th – 20th: 1 695 SEK
December 21st – April 30th: 2 095 SEK
May 1st – August 16th: 2 495 SEK

Due to Covid-19, we can´t have more than 50 participants at the stages at the same time.

Therefore we have divided the runners into 6 starting groups, 3 Male and 3 Female.

Female start groups run the stages in this order.

Day 1  Ramsviks Rocks 23k (Smögen – Ramsvik)

Day 2 Woods & Islands 24k (Bohus-Malmön – Hovenäset)

Day 3 Hunnebo Hidden Woods 20k (Hunnebostrand – Hunnebostrand)

Female start group 1 starts 09:00 (all days)

Female start group 2 starts 12:00 (all days)

Female start group 3 starts 15:00 (all days)

Male start groups run the stages in this order.

Day 1 Woods & Islands 24k (Bohus-Malmön – Hovenäset)

Day 2 Hunnebo Hidden Woods 20k (Hunnebostrand – Hunnebostrand)

Day 3 Ramsviks Rocks 23k (Smögen – Ramsvik)

Male start group 1 starts 09:00 (all days)

Male start group 2 starts 12:00 (all days)

Male start group 3 starts 15:00 (all days)

We also got several walking/hiking/running groups – This group is led by experienced guides.

Every day they will guide you in the fantastic landscape around Ramsvik/Hunnebo/Smögen at a pace that suits you. You will walk/hike/run some of the race track, but also some detours to explore some hidden trail treasures. After walking/hiking/running you will be served a “lunch box” every day, the walking and hiking group can choose to bring the “lunch box” in their backpack.

Everyone will receive their race-tee, medal, and finisher-bag.

The groups that you can choose are:

Walking group (max 25 participants)

The walking group suits you that want to experience West Coast Trail in a calm pace! With our experienced guides, you will walk some of the race track, but also take some detours and shortcuts. We promise you to show you the most fantastic scenery and stunning trails in the area around Ramsvik/Hunnebo/Smögen

We are planning for about 20-25km every day (about 6 hours walking every day including stops for food and photos).

Hiking group (max 20 participants)

The hiking group suits you that want to experience West Coast Trail a little faster than the walking group, “walking in a quit high pace”. With our experienced guides, you will walk most of the race track, but also take some detours and shortcuts. We promise you to show you the most fantastic scenery and stunning trails in the area around Ramsvik/Hunnebo/Smögen

We are planning for about 20-25km every day (about 5 hours walking every day including stops for food and photos).

Fast Hiking group (max 15 participants)

The fast hiking group suits you that is an experienced hiker and like to run some parts and walk some parts. With our experienced guides, you will ”fast hike” some of the race track, but also take some detours and shortcuts. We promise you to show you the most fantastic scenery and stunning trails in the area around Ramsvik/Hunnebo/Smögen  We are planning for about 20-25km every day (about 4 hours of hiking every day including some stops for photo).

Running group (max 10 participants)

The running group suits you that want to run West Coast Trail, but the timekeeping and BIB aren´t important!

With our experienced guides, you will run some of the race track, but also take some detours and shortcuts. We promise you to show you the most fantastic scenery and stunning trails in the area around Ramsvik/Hunnebo/Smögen  We are planning for about 20-25km every day (about 3 hours of running every day including some stops for photo).

Open Track

Enjoy West Coast Trail in your own way.

The race track is well marked during the West Coast trail weekend. Pick up your race-shirt, maps, and medals at Ramsvik Stugby and make your own experience!

The Mini Tour is part of the Trail Running Sweden Store Trail Tour, and you collect points on all three routes. You can, of course, run the Trail Running Sweden Mini-Tour even if you do not intend to run any other competition of the Trail Running Sweden Store Tour.

The Mini Tour starts in START GROUP 1 at 09:00 each day.

The first woman/man in goal wins the entire mini-tour and the prize sum of 5000 SEK (3000 to nr 2 and 2000 to nr 3).

The mini-tour is limited to 50 men and 50 women.

This year there will not be any supporter bus due to Covid-19.

Thursday, 3rd of September

14:00 – Icebug Pop-Up Store opens at Ramsvik, here you will have the possibility to buy Icebug shoes, Icebug insoles, energy bars, and gel, whistles and First aid kits. You will also have the chance to borrow a pair of shoes to run/walk in.

14:00 – The race office opens at Ramsvik Cottage Village. Pick up your bib and starting gear here, and purchase First Aid Kit, whistle, and the mandatory bars.

16:30 – Bus from Munkedal Station to Vann – Ramsvik

20:30 – Bus from Munkedal Station to Vann – Ramsvik

 

Friday, 4th of September

07:30 – Icebug Pop-Up Store opens at Ramsvik, where you can buy Icebug shoes, Icebug insoles, energy bars, and gel, whistles, and First aid kits. You will also have the chance to borrow a pair of shoes to run/walk in.

FEMALE – RAMSVIK ROCKS – Smögen to Ramsvik.

08:00 – Race office opens at Smögen, pick up your bib and starting gear.

09:00 – START GROUP 1

12:00 – START GROUP 2

15:00 – START GROUP 3

MAP – RAMSVIK ROCKS

11:00-17:00 – Runners finish the stage. Lunch will be served close to the finish area in Ramsvik.

MALE – WOODS AND ISLANDSBohus-Malmön to Hovenäset.

08:00 – Race office opens at Bohus-Malmön, pick up your bib and starting gear.

09:00 – START GROUP 1

12:00 – START GROUP 2

15:00 – START GROUP 3

11:00-17:00 – Runners finish the stage. Lunch will be served close to the finish area in Hovenäset.

MAP – WOODS AND ISLANDS

Saturday, 5th of September

07:30 – Icebug Pop-Up Store opens at Ramsvik, where you can buy Icebug shoes, Icebug insoles, energy bars, and gel, whistles, and First aid kits. You will also have the chance to borrow a pair of shoes to run/walk in.

FEMALE – WOODS AND ISLANDSBohus-Malmön to Hovenäset.

08:00 – Race office opens at Bohus-Malmön.

09:00 – START GROUP 1

12:00 – START GROUP 2

15:00 – START GROUP 3

11:00-17:00 – Runners finish the stage. Lunch will be served close to the finish area in Hovenäset.

MAP – WOODS AND ISLANDS

MALE – HUNNEBO HIDDEN WOODSHunnebostrand to Hunnebostrand.

08:00 – The race office opens at Hunnebostrand.

09:00 – START GROUP 1

12:00 – START GROUP 2

15:00 – START GROUP 3

11:00-17:00 – Runners finish the stage. Lunch will be served at Hunnebostrand.

MAP – HUNNEBO HIDDEN WOODS

Sunday, 6th of September

07:30 – Icebug Pop-Up Store opens at Ramsvik, where you can buy Icebug shoes, Icebug insoles, energy bars, and gel, whistles, and First aid kits. You will also have the chance to borrow a pair of shoes to run/walk in.

FEMALE – HUNNEBO HIDDEN WOODSHunnebostrand to Hunnebostrand.

08:00 – The race office opens at Hunnebostrand.

09:00 – START GROUP 1

12:00 – START GROUP 2

15:00 – START GROUP 3

11:00-17:00 – Runners finish the stage. Lunch will be served at Hunnebostrand.

MAP – HUNNEBO HIDDEN WOODS

MALE – RAMSVIK ROCKSSmögen to Ramsvik.

08:00 – The race office opens in Smögen.

09:00 – START GROUP 1

12:00 – START GROUP 2

15:00 – START GROUP 3

11:00-17:00 – Runners finish the stage. Lunch will be served close to the finish area in Ramsvik.

MAP – RAMSVIK ROCKS

Thursday, 3rd of September

12:00 – Icebug Pop-Up Store opens at Ramsvik, here you will have the possibility to buy Icebug shoes, Icebug insoles, energy bars, and gel, whistles, and First aid kits. You will also have the chance to borrow a pair of shoes to run/walk in.

14:00 – The race office opens at Ramsvik Cottage Village. Pick up your starting gear here, and purchase First Aid Kit, whistle, and the mandatory bars.

17:00 – Bus from Munkedal Station to Vann – Ramsvik

20:30 – Bus from Munkedal Station to Vann – Ramsvik

 

Friday, 4th of September

07:00 – Icebug Pop-Up Store opens at Ramsvik, where you can buy Icebug shoes, Icebug insoles, energy bars, and gel, whistles, and First aid kits. You will also have the chance to borrow a pair of shoes to run/walk in.

Ramsvik to Ramsvik

08:00 – Race office opens at Ramsvik, pick up your starting gear.

10:00 – Xperience Walking group.

10:15 – Xperience Hiking groups 1 & 2.

10:30 – Xperience Fast Hiking Group 1, 2, 3 & 4.

10:45 – Xperience Running Group 1 & 2.

Lunch will be served in Ramsvik afterward.

MAP DAY 1

 

Saturday, 5th of September

07:00 – Icebug Pop-Up Store opens at Ramsvik, where you can buy Icebug shoes, Icebug insoles, energy bars, and gel, whistles, and First aid kits. You will also have the chance to borrow a pair of shoes to run/walk in.

Hunnebostrand to Ramsvik

08:00 – The race office opens at Ramsvik.

09:00 – Boat to start every 20 min (09:20, 09:40, 10:00, 10:20).

10:00 – Xperience Walking group.

10:15 – Xperience Hiking groups 1 & 2.

10:30 – Xperience Fast Hiking Group 1, 2, 3 & 4.

10:45 – Xperience Running Group 1 & 2.

Lunch will be served in Ramsvik afterward.

MAP DAY 2

If you don´t stay at Ramsvik please park your car here.

Sunday, 6th of September

08:00 – Icebug Pop-Up Store opens at Ramsvik, where you can buy Icebug shoes, Icebug insoles, energy bars, and gel, whistles, and First aid kits. You will also have the chance to borrow a pair of shoes to run/walk in.

Bohus-Malmön to Hovenäset.

08:00 – The race office opens at Ramsvik.

08:30 – Bus to start – Walking & Hiking (Ramsvik – Hovenäset – Bohus-Malmön).

10:00 – Xperience Walking group.

10:00 – Bus to start – Fast Hiking & Running (Ramsvik – Hovenäset – Bohus-Malmön).

10:15 – Xperience Hiking group 1 & 2.

10:30 – Xperience Fast Hiking Group 1, 2, 3 & 4.

10:45 – Xperience Running Group 1 & 2.

Lunch will be served in Hovenäset afterward.

MAP DAY 3

Day 1 - Ramsvik to Ramsvik

Day 2 - Hunnebostrand to Ramsvik

Day 3 - Bohus-Malmön to Hovenäset

Airport :  Göteborg Landvetter Airport

You need to arrive at Gothenburg Airport at the latest 05:00 Friday morning (4th of September), we recommend that you arrive at Thursday the 3rd of September, and book one extra night at your choice of accommodation.

Airport Coaches: Landvetter; Airport–Gothenburg

Take the Airport Coach to Gothenburg Central station.

Bus from Gothenburg to Ramsvik on Thursday 3rd of September and return Sunday 6th of September

Take our bus to Ramsvik from Gothenburg.

16:00 departure from the main entrance of Clarion Hotel Post, Drottningtorget, Göteborg, Sweden.

400 SEK, including return on Sunday (16:00). Book your seat at the same time as you register for the Xperience.

Train/Bus to Munkedal Station, Use the travel planner, Type From “Centralstationen”  to “Munkedal station”.

Shuttle bus from Munkedal Station to Ramsvik & VANN; 

Thursday 3rd of September there will be 2 shuttle buses to choose, one approx. 17:00 and one bus approx. 20:30 (we will plan the shuttle buses so they match the train/bus from Gothenburg)

The shuttle buses are included in the race ticket.

Transport from Icebug Xperience

Shuttle bus from Ramsvik & VANN to Munkedal; 

Sunday 6th of September the first shuttle bus will leave Ramsvik (finish area) at approx. 15:00, the second 17:00. The bus ride to Munkedal takes about 40 minutes.

If you take the first bus (there will be a list at Ramsvik where you put your name if you need to take the first bus back to Munkedal)

The earliest flight you can book back home is 19:00

You can always book a cab direct to the airport, takes about 2h and the fixed fee is:

330 euro ( 4 person cab)

500 euro (8 person cab)

Train/Bus to Gothenburg Central Station , Use the travel planner, type From “Munkedal station Munkedal” to “Centralstationen Göteborg”

Airport Coaches: Landvetter; Airport–Gothenburg

Airport :  Göteborg Landvetter Airport

Below you find the transportation choices that are available during Icebug Xperience. If you stay at Ramsvik you have transportation to the start, from the finish area is included in your accommodation ticket.

If you have any other accommodation and travel by own car you park at the finish area each day and jump on the transportation to the start!

Friday, September 4th

FEMALE

08:00 Bus from Ramsvik – Smögen

11:00 Bus from Ramsvik – Smögen

14:00 Bus from Ramsvik – Smögen

MALE

07:15 Bus from Ramsvik – Hovenäset (+20min) – Tullboden

10:15 Bus from Ramsvik – Hovenäset (+20min) – Tullboden

13:15 Bus from Ramsvik – Hovenäset (+20min) – Tullboden

12:00-19:00 Bus from Hovenäset – Ramsvik (the bus leaves when it´s full and returns)

GUIDED GROUPS

No transport this day, start and finish at Ramsvik.

FOR YOU STAYING AT VANN

07:15 VANN-Tullboden-Smögen           Male SG1+Female SG1                           Minibuss

08:30 VANN-Ramsvik                            Walking/Hiking/Fast hiking/Running      Buss 4

10:20 VANN-Tullboden-Smögen           Male SG2 + Female SG2                         Buss 4

12:00 Hovenäset-Ramsvik-VANN          Male SG1+Female SG1                           Minibuss

13:45 VANN-Smögen                             Female SG 3                                             Minibuss

15:00 Hovenäset-Ramsvik-VANN          Male SG 2 + Female SG2                        Buss 4

17:00 Ramsvik-VANN                            Female SG 3+ Hiking/Running               Buss 4

19:00 Ramsvik-VANN      Female SG 3+Walking/Hiking/Fast hiking/Running    Buss 4

 

Saturday, September 5th

FEMALE

07:15 Bus from Ramsvik – Hovenäset (+20min) – Tullboden

10:15 Bus from Ramsvik – Hovenäset (+20min) – Tullboden

13:15 Bus from Ramsvik – Hovenäset (+20min) – Tullboden

12:00-19:00 Bus from Hovenäset – Ramsvik (the bus leaves when it´s full and returns)

MALE

08:00 Boat from Ramsvik – Hunnebostrand

11:00 Boat from Ramsvik – Hunnebostrand

14:00 Boat from Ramsvik – Hunnebostrand

11:00-18:00 Boat from Hunnebostrand – Ramsvik (the boat leaves when it´s full and returns)

GUIDED GROUPS

09:00 – Boat from Ramsvik – Hunnebostrand every 20 min (09:20, 09:40, 10:00, 10:20).

FOR YOU STAYING AT VANN

07:15 VANN-Tullboden-Hunnebo          Male SG1+Female SG1                           Minibuss

09:15 VANN-Hunnebo                           Walking/Hiking/Fast hiking/Running      Buss 4

10:20 VANN-Tullboden-Hunnebo          Male SG2 + Female SG2                         Buss 4

12:00 Hovenäset-Hunnebo-VANN         Male SG1+Female SG1                           Minibuss

13:20 Vann-Tullboden                             Female SG 3                                             Minibuss

15:00 Hovenäset-Hunnebo-VANN         Male SG 2 + Female SG2*                      Buss 4

17:00 Hovenäset-Hunnebo-VANN         Female SG 3+ Hiking/Running*             Buss 4

19:00 Hovenäset-Hunnebo-VANN         Female SG 3+Walk/Hiking/Fast H/Run*Buss 4

*Guided groups go by boat Ramsvik-Hunnebo

 

Sunday, September 6th

FEMALE

08:00 Boat from Ramsvik – Hunnebostrand

11:00 Boat from Ramsvik – Hunnebostrand

14:00 Boat from Ramsvik – Hunnebostrand

11:00-18:00 Boat from Hunnebostrand – Ramsvik (the boat leaves when it´s full and returns)

MALE

08:00 Bus from Ramsvik – Smögen

11:00 Bus from Ramsvik – Smögen

14:00 Bus from Ramsvik – Smögen

GUIDED GROUPS

08:30 Bus from Ramsvik – Hovenäset (+20min) – Tullboden

10:00 Bus from Ramsvik – Hovenäset (+20min) – Tullboden

15:00-18:00 Bus Hovenäset – Ramsvik (the bus leaves when it´s full and returns)

FOR YOU STAYING AT VANN

07:30 VANN-Hunnebo-Smögen             Male SG1+Female SG1                           Minibuss

09:00 VANN-Tullboden                          Walking/Hiking/Fast hiking/Running      Buss 4

10:30 VANN-Hunnebo-Smögen             Male SG2 + Female SG2                         Buss 4

12:00 Hunnebo-VANN                           Male SG1*+Female SG1                         Minibuss

14:00 VANN-Hunnebo                           Female SG 3                                             Minibuss

15:00 Hovenäset-Hunnebo-VANN         Male SG 2* + Female SG2                      Buss 4

17:00 Hovenäset-Hunnebo-VANN         Female SG 3+Walk/Hiking/Fast H/Run  Buss 4

19:00 Hovenäset-Hunnebo-VANN         Female SG 3+Walk/Hiking/Fast H/Run  Buss 4

*Male SG1 & Male SG2 go by boat Ramsvik-Hunnebo

EXPLANATIONS

SG = Starting Group

Buses leave at the start and pick up at the finish when the start is at Bohus-Malmön, the bus leaves at the ferry (Tullboden) – the ferry takes about 5 minutes and then walk to the start about 10 minutes.

On Saturday and Sunday, those who finish in Ramsvik will go by boat to Hunnebo, where a bus is waiting.

If you need to contact the bus driver, call Anders: +46704-225416.

There are one energy stations during the course.

Due to Covid-19, we recommend you run with all your needed water and energy.

We use sports drinks and bars (which may contain nuts) from Umara.

Due to Covid-19, the officers can´t help you to fill water or sports drink, you need to tap water and sports drink by yourself! The bars will be wrapped in the original packing. Besides water, sports drink, and bars, you will find unpeeled bananas at the energy stations.

Stage – Ramsvik Rocks 23K

10km After bridge over Sotekanalen

Stage  – Woods and Islands 24K

11km Before the ferry to mainland (Bohus Malmöns färjeläge)

Stage – Hunnebo Hidden Woods 20k

10km Vardås

There are some things that you need to bring during the race.

  • Liquid for 30 kilometers (min 0.2 l)
  • Energy (Energy bar, energy gel, etc. Minimum 250 kcal)
  • Shell jacket or a safety blanket
  • First aid kit (blood stopper/plasters and bandages)
  • Whistle (just for start group 1, 2 & 3 men/women)
  • Fold-a-cup (To use at the water stations, since we’re not using any disposable cups. Will be provided in your starting kit)
  • Cell phone

Important: We will make random controls, and participants who don’t have all of the above in their pack will get penalty time.

Icebug Xperience is an event for all your senses. Our mission is to provide you with the best food and beverages you can find in Sweden – and everything is from organic and locally produced ingredients. A food truck is serving delicious food served in a box at the finish line or for you to bring in your backpack, and the energy stations are stocked with water, bananas, energy bars, and drinks

Opening times Icebug Pop-Up Store:

Thursday 14:00 – 20:00
Friday 07:30 – 15:00
Saturday 07:30 – 15:00
Sunday 07:30 – 15:00

In the store you will find:

Icebug shoes both for running and for walking, Icebug Insoles, all mandatory equipment that we demand (emergency whistles, first aid kits and plasters), Sports tape, energy bars, Aclima t-shirts, Compression-socks, Icebug apparel and more.

You will also be able to borrow a pair of Icebug shoes to try out during one stage of the race.

Economical, social and environmental sustainability is something we really care about at Icebug Xperience West Coast Trail. We want the event to grow organically together with the area, to market Bohuslän as an all year-destination. We work with local entrepreneurs and our vision is that everything consumed at the event is made by organic, locally produced ingredients. We also want to take care of the environment in the area. Most of the race, therefor, follows existing coastal paths and trails, and we place garbage bins during the course. Use of single plastics is banned in every Icebug Xperience. We also inform our participants about the Swedish Right of Public Access and the importance of respecting it.

We highly recommend Climate-smart travelling to our events. Take the train to Munkedal and get picked up by our shuttle buses, book a seat on our bus from Gothenburg or share a car with your friends. If you compensate your trip directly when you sign up for your Xperience, Icebug will match your compensation with the same amount. To climate compensate means to reduce, avoid or remove the same amount (or more) of greenhouse gas emissions as the emissions caused by your travel. Icebug compensates by financing UN certified climate projects, see Climate Neutral Now. Of course climate compensating is only the tip of the iceberg, and our main focus is to reduce climate emissions in the daily work of making more sustainable shoes.

Read more about Icebugs sustainability work.

THE BOHUSLÄN COAST – YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS!

The Bohuslän coast runs almost 280 kilometres along western Sweden, from the city of Gothenburg all the way up to Norway. There are 8,000 islands off the coast and up until about a century ago the people of the coast and island relied on the humble arts of herring fishing and quarrying rock to make a living. Those are the hard facts – now comes the really good stuff.

The coastline is packed with small fishing villages tucked in between the smooth granite rock. These are perfect stops for sun bathing, swimming and perhaps a spot of crab fishing. If you are staying longer you can book self-guided and guided kayaking tours of some of the islands, including Kosterhavet National Park which is Sweden’s first marine national park. It includes the beautiful and car-free Koster and other islands were you can spot seals lolling in the waves or on the rocks, do a bit of island hopping, or even swim a ”snorkel trail” and spot some of the plants and creatures that live here.

Down by the harbour in the towns of Grebbestad, Fjällbacka and Strömstad local fisherman would be only too happy to take you out to bait and haul in lobster (from end September), langoustine and crab (best thing is that on most of these trips you get to taste or buy some of the spoils). For fishermen and fisherwomen (this is Sweden after all), on the river Öreskilsälvan there could be a large salmon with your name on it, while in the waters offshore the first sea trout of the season is waiting to be hooked.

A truly fabulous way of experiencing the Bohuslän coast and inland is by hiking or cycling. You can walk or cycle Kuststigen (the coast trail) and the 370 kilometre long Bohusleden, that starts in Gothenburg in the south and stretches all the way to the seaside town of Strömstad in the north.

Sotenäs – a part of Bohuslän

In Sotenäs you’ll find picturesque Bovallstrand, granite centre of Hunnebostrand, town centre Kungshamn and the islands Smögen and Malmön.

The magnificent archipelago and barren cliffs best experienced by taking a part in activities at or by the sea – such as boating, hiking, climbing and of course sunbathing and swimming.

An important part of your stay in our district is our cuisine. Close by the sea and surrounded by a rich country side, we have the best of primary products at our disposal, and some of the world’s best seafood! 

Link to great stuff do to during your stay in Bohuslän:

vastsverige.com/en/bohuslan/10-reasons-to-love-bohuslan/

If you do not want to participate this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, you can choose between getting your starting fee back (minus 200 SEK) or move your place to next year’s West Coast Trail, August 3-5th 2021.

Registration closes August 16th, 2020.

Please read our General Terms for more information.

Can I run with my dog?
Yes, but out of respect for other runners you will need to keep it on a leash.

What time does my group start?
Please see the ”Schedule” tab for all important times.

I have my own car, can I still use the shuttle bus?
Yes! In the morning, park your car at the finish of the stage. Take the shuttle to the start area and run/walk back to the finish, where your car will be waiting.

Can I sign up for just one of the stages?
No, registration is only possible for all 3 stages of Icebug Xperience. You can choose to run one day and walk another – just be sure to change this at the race office before the start of each stage. You can choose not to participate in all stages but will not have a ”total time” unless you complete all 3 stages. Changing starting groups will also result in no total time.

If you want to be a part of this event but not want to run you can apply as an volunteer.

Please fill in the form (in swedish) that you will find here.