The 21st Laugavegur Ultra Marathon will take place on Saturday, July 15th. 512 runners are registered for the race, 179 female, and 333 male participants. This is a new participation record. The number of Icelandic participants is 249 and 263 from other countries. Most of the international guests are coming from USA, 87 runners, second most from UK, 25 runners, and third most from Germany, 24 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.
A bus scheduled by our partner bus company Reykjavik Excursion will offer trips over the river Krossá which has to be crossed to get to Húsadalur in Þórsmörk. Krossá should only be crossed by very experienced drivers in special 4x4 super-jeeps. The bus leaves from the river bank over to Husadalur on the 15th of July every 30 minutes between 12:00 and 15:00. After the race trips, will be offered from Húsadalur and back to the cars on the other side of the river bank at 17:30(5:30 pm), 18:00 (6:00 pm) and 20:40 (8:40 pm). The price for these trips is 1.000 ISK each way, 500 ISK for 12-15 years old but free of charge for children 11 years old and younger. These trips do not need to be pre-booked and should be paid on the spot. Family members and friends can also take a Reykjavik Excursion bus from Hvolsvollur to the finish line in Þórsmörk. This is a good option for those who have rental cars because it is not allowed to drive on most rental cars to Þórsmörk. Booking and information about price can be found on their website.
News about the first finishers will be posted on Facebook as soon as possible. Total results will be posted here at marathon.is around 6 pm.
The Weather Watch has sent us a new weather forecast for the Laugavegur trail tomorrow. Now a slightly fresher headwind is expected than yesterday for most of the trail up to 20 mph (9 m/s) at Hrafntinnusker. Some rain is forecasted for most of the trail and also at the start. This is not a very bad weather but it is cold so you should bring winter running clothing like we have recommended before. Click here to see the weather forecast on a map.