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Laugavegur Ultra Marathon 2019


Laugavegur Ultra Marathon is a 55 km mountain race that will take place for the 23rd time on Saturday, July 13th, 2019. Registration starts in January 2019.

The race is open to runners from 18 years old and up. It is very important that participants are well trained and prepared for mountain running.

Laugavegur is located in the southern highlands of Iceland and connects the nature reserves Landmannalaugar and Thorsmork. Due to its location, Laugavegur is serviced for only a few weeks a year.

For many runners, the Laugavegur Ultra Marathon is the most enjoyable race in Iceland. The course takes runners through areas of outstanding natural beauty at the same time as being a challenging course. Hikers normally cover this distance in four days. The course is multi-terrain; sand, gravel, grass, snow, ice, rivers and streams.

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Þorbergur and Rannveig are the 2018 winners

The 2018 Laugavegur Ultra Marathon winners are Þorbergur Ingi Jónsson, Iceland, and Rannveig Oddsdóttir, Iceland. The conditions were pretty good today, dry weather and not much wind.

First three male runners

1. Þorbergur Ingi Jónsson, Iceland, 4:10:44
2. Simon Karlsson, Sweden, 4:32:21
3. Ingvar Hjartarson, Iceland, 4:34:40

Þorbergur Ingi finished on the third best time in the race history he is now the holder of the four best times. This was his fifth Laugavegur Ultra Marathon title. 

First three female runners:

1. Rannveig Oddsdóttir, Iceland, 5:16:11
2. Anna Berglind Pálmadóttir, Iceland, 5:26:28
3. Diana Dzaviza, Latvia, 5:30:04

Rannveig finished on the best time that an Icelandic woman has ever run on in this race and 21 minutes better than her best time.

Click here to find the total results.


22nd Laugavegur Ultra Marathon today

The 22nd Laugavegur Ultra Marathon will take place today on Saturday, July 14th. 553 runners are at the start list, 204 female, and 349 male participants. This is a new participation record. The number of Icelandic participants is 294 and 259 from other countries. Most of the international guests are coming from the USA, 63 runners, second most from the UK, 31 runners, and third most from France, 25 runners.

Laugavegur is located in the southern highlands of Iceland and connects the nature reserves Landmannalaugar and Thorsmork. Due to its location, Laugavegur is serviced for only a few weeks a year. For many runners, the Laugavegur Ultra Marathon is the most enjoyable race in Iceland. The course takes runners through areas of outstanding natural beauty at the same time as being a challenging course. Hikers normally cover this distance in four days but the female record is 5 hours and the male record is 3 hours 59 minutes.

Hopefully, it will be possible to post the split times and results live here on the web, but that depends on the signal on race day that can be very variable on the trail. News about the first finishers will be posted on Facebook as soon as possible. Confirmed results will be posted here at marathon.is around 7 pm.

Further information:

Race day program
List of participants


Updated weather forecast

The Weather Watch has sent us a new weather forecast for the Laugavegur trail tomorrow. The forecast looks better today with some expected sun by Emstrur and the finish line. Fog, rain, and headwind are still expected at the highest peak, Hrafntinnusker. Therefore we ask you please look for the orange flags in the snow so you don´t get lost in the fog. Click here to see the weather forecast on a map.


The trail 

According to the trail wardens and the hikers, the status of the trail is good. The snow is retreating but is still on the trail for about 2-3 km before and after Hrafntinnusker. On some parts, you should expect to go through some wet and slushy snow. 

The race bus

We want to remind you that the race bus leaves from the Ice skating rink (Skautahöllin) in Laugardalur at 4:30 am. Those who have ordered a seat in the bus from Selfoss will have to be at the N1 gas station at 5:00 and those who will jump in at Hrauneyjar should be ready at 7:00. It is very important that you show up in time because the bus cannot wait for anyone. You can use the toilets at the Ice skating rink from 4:15-4:25. Next change to use the toilet will be in Hrauneyjar around two hours later.

Race packet pickup


Runners registered for the 2018 Laugavegur Ultra Marathon must pick up their race package in Laugardalsholl sports hall (address: Engjavegur 8, 104 Reykjavik). The opening hours are Thursday, July 12th between 12:00-17:00 and Friday, July 13th between 9:00-17:00.

When picking up the race package, participants must prove their identity by showing their passports or an equivalent ID. All participants must also sign and fill out an agreement. Runners are among other things agreeing that they have studied the race rules here on the web so please read the race rules carefully. Those who are unable to make it to the race package pick up and want to send a representative instead must print out and sign an agreement. Click here to download the agreement

Useful information the days before the race

Start groups 2018

Essential equipment

Information guide for participants

Weather forecast

We have now received a weather forecast for the Laugavegur Ultra Marathon on Saturday. Veðurvaktin (the weather watch) made the forecast and we will get an update on Friday. According to their forecast, there will be rain at the beginning of the race and fog, rain and headwind near the highest peak at Hrafntinnusker. Should be dry, cloudy and light wind from Álftavatn to the finish line in Þórsmörk. Click on the photo to see further information.


Since the weather in this area can change fast and because there is a lot of snow around Hrafntinnusker it is important to have ready the equipment recommended before. It is also important to put a bag of warm clothing inside the race bus in Landmannalaugar. This bag will be transported to the finish line in Þórsmörk and will be available for you when you finish the race. See further information about baggage here.

It is a necessity that each runner carries his/her own water bottles, energy gels, and other food despite there being refreshment stations along the way. There is a strict prohibition against throwing any kind of litter along the way. Each and everyone has to take care of not losing their gel wrapper and drinking cups as well as all other kinds of packaging. Litter can be left at the refreshment stations or at the finish line. To minimize the liter runners will only get one cup on each refreshment station but of course, it is possible to get a refill as often as needed. See further information about the refreshment stations and the service on the trail here.

Essential Equipment

Latest news from the Laugavegur trail is that there is are solid layers of snow 3-4 km before and after the highest peak, Hrafntinnusker. Signs in this area are also under snow but we will put out orange flags along the way so no one should get lost. Because of the snow and that the weather in Iceland is very unpredictable we ask all runners to be well prepared and take winter running clothing with them to Iceland.

Essential equipment

The photo below shows the essential equipment that all Laugavegur Ultra Marathon runners should bring with them to the start. Runners must have available a minimum of a long-sleeved top, long tights or trousers, jacket, gloves and warm headgear to cover both head and ears. Off-road running shoes are recommended and dry fit or wool socks that keep your warm despite being wet are a must since you will get wet. Runners experience have shown that it is good to wear gaiters to prevent snow and gravel from going inside your shoes (see example here).

Mid-point bag

Luggage to be transported to Bláfjallakvísl (mid-point) must be dropped off at Laugardalsholl sports hall (when package pick-up is open). It is very important that the mid-point luggage is brought to the staff before 17:00 on Friday. We do not accept regular plastic bags and note that the bag can maximum weigh 3 kg and should be no bigger than 20x35 cm. See further information here.

Information guide

All Laugavegur Ultra Marathon runners should read the 2018 race information guide carefully. Click here to find the information guide.

On Wednesday runners will get a detailed weather forecast for the Laugavegur trail and we will also send them some other emails with important information. Registered runners are therefore encouraged to keep an eye on their e-mail because they will be receiving information e-mails regarding the race from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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About Reykjavik Sports Union

The Reykjavik Sports Union was established in 1944 and is the association of sports clubs in Reykjavik. The Reykjavik Sports Union organizes six sports events every year: Íslandsbanki Reykjavík Marathon in August, Laugavegur Ultra Marathon in July, Suzuki Midnight Sun Run and WOW Tour of Reykjavik in June, WOW Northern Lights Run in February and WOW Reykjavik International Games in January.