Updated weather forecast for the Laugavegur trail tomorrow has arrived. Outlook on Friday morning indicates that a trough of low pressure will be stationed to the south of Iceland with north-easterly winds dominating the weather. Wind speed has increased somewhat from yesterday’s forecast but it will mostly be tailwind. The wind will be northeast 5-8 m/s at the start of the race and can go up to 10 m/s at the highest peak but decreases as both the race and the day goes on. High clouds are expected, with less chance of fog so good visibility is expected. Click here to see the weather forecast on a map.
Our previous instructions about what to wear have not changed but sun glasses and sunblock might be useful too because of the bright weather when you run on the snow. This is due to the fact that the snow can melt and change into very cold slush ice. Note that when you get to Bláfjallahvísl (mid-point) you have the option of dropping off clothes that you don't need any more. After that point the trail is easier and has no snow.
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 tomorrow.
This Thursday morning the weather forecast indicates that northerly winds will be dominating over the island and that we will have a nice weather for running. Wind speed is relatively low on the trail and visibility mostly good. Sunny even, except for on the highest part of the route near Hrafntinnusker, where fog might be expected. Click here for a map of the trail including the weather forecast.
There is still snow on parts of the trail from the start point in Landmannalaugar and until Álftavatn (22 km). The snow is continuous around the highest peak, Hrafntinnusker (4 km before and 4 km after). Although the weather forecast is good for runners our previous instructions about what to wear are the same because of all the snow that can melt to ice. Note that when you get to Bláfjallahvísl (mid-point) you have the option of dropping off clothes that you don't need any more. After that point the trail is easier and has no snow. 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 Thorsmork and will be available for you when you finish the race. See further about baggage here.
It is a necessity that each runner carries his/hers own water bottles, energy gels and other food despite there being refreshment stations along the way. Carrying salt tablets or a teaspoonful of salt in a plastic bag which can be taken a few grains at a time and washed down with water has also proven to be successful. Refreshment stations will be at Hrafntinnusker, by Álftavatn, on the sands by innri Emstruá, in Emstrur, by Ljósá and by Þröngá. There is a strict prohibition against throwing any kind of litter along the way, it can be left at the refreshment stations.