Baggage 1 - Bláfjallakvísl, midway point
Attention: This baggage will be transported straight to Reykjavik after the race and will not be taken to Thorsmork.
The race officials can bring a small bag for you to the midpoint of the race (Bláfjallkvísl). Your bag must be left at the race packets pick-up before 17:00 on Friday July 14th. The bags will be transported to the south bank of the river Bláfjallakvísl (NOT a drinking station), midway point just beyond Álftavatn. Soon after Álftavatn everyone will have to cross a river so you may want to change and/or leave some clothes behind. In this bag you can have shoes, clothing and/or some energy. It is strictly forbidden to put glass or soft drink tins into the bag.
The midway point bag can maximum weigh 3 kg and should be no bigger than 20x35 cm. Race staff will weigh the bags when they receive it at the packet pickup.
Note that this bag will be outside for some time and can get wet. Participants should therefor use waterproof bags. No plastic bags of any kind are allowed. The race organizer cannot take any responsibility for this bag so please make sure not to put your passport, money or other valuables in it that you cannot afford to lose.
After the race the bag will be transported to the Ice skating rink in Laugardalur (Skautahöllin í Laugardal) where runners can collect it on Saturday night when the busses arrive from Thorsmork, on Sunday 16th between 10:00 and 12:00 or on Monday July 17th between 09:00 and 16:00. After this time the Laugavegur Ultra Marathon can no longer keep the unclaimed baggage and will have to throw it away.
This bag must be securely closed and labelled with the Bláfjallakvísl baggage label that comes with the race package.
Baggage 2 - The necessary clothing for the race
The average temperature in July at the Laugavegur is 7-8°C or 45-47°F. But the weather is variable and can change fast. At the race start, all runners must be prepared to follow the race director's instructions regarding adequate clothing or extra clothing which should be carried. Runners will need a minimum of a long-sleeved top, tights or trousers, gloves and warm head gear to cover both head and ears. As the course goes to a high altitude, we recommend taking a windproof jacket, long running pants and ski band or head-buff.
Water belts and energy gels are recommended at all times.
Running shoes with thick soles are strongly recommended. The best shoes are off road running shoes, not new ones to reduce the risk of blisters and not made of Gore-tex (because they keep the water inside). We also recommend that you wear gaiters to prevent snow and gravel to go inside your shoes (see example here).
Baggage 3 - Baggage taken to the start by participants and to the finish line by race officials
Baggage that runners need immediately after the race in Thorsmörk should be taken to Landmannalaugar on race day and put into the bus that takes it to the finish line before the race starts. Runners must have warm and dry clothes to wear after the race. It is also recommended to have a towel and swim wear. Note that the male showers are out door so it is a good idea to have slippers to wear when you walk from the dressing tent to the showers.
Before putting their baggage in the bus runners should check the latest weather information and follow the race director’s instructions regarding clothing. Please notice that there are no indoor facilities at Landmannalaugar except for the bus and the toilets.
The bags will be in Þórsmörk by the time runners arrive there and should be collected from the tents by the shower area. They will be sorted by the gender of runners and by race numbers. The bags must be securely closed and labelled with the Þórsmörk baggage label runners will receive at the package pickup. See further here.
How to label the baggage
The baggage labels should be torn off the race number and used to label baggage. A fastener in either red or blue will also be in the registration package. Red ones are for female runners and blue for male runners. This color-coding is to make it easier to sort the baggage in Húsadalur (baggage 3), as there will be separate tents for female and male runners. Runners are responsible for labelling their own bags.