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  • Laugavegur 2018

    The 22nd Laugavegur Ultra Marathon will take place on Saturday, July 14th, 2018. Registration for the race will be open from t the beginning of January to June 30th but can be closed sooner if the race is fully booked. Information about entry fee, terms etc will be available at the end of December. Is this race for you?
  • Big challange

    Competitors must be in a very good physical shape to take part in this 55 km Ultra Marathon. the Laugavegur trail is very challenging and takes the runner through areas of outstanding natural beauty. If you want to know what kind of race the Laugavegur Ultra Marathon is we recommend that you read "Is this race for you?" 
  • The Laugavegur trail

    The Laugavegur trail is located in the southern highlands of Iceland and connects the nature reserves Landmannalaugar and Thorsmork. For many runners the Laugavegur Ultra Marathon is the most enjoyable race in Iceland. The course is 55 km and takes runners through areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Start groups 2017

Participants in the 2017 Laugavegur Ultra Marathon have been split up into four start groups. The groups will start the race with five-minute intervals. By doing this, we hope to improve the accuracy of finish times and to reduce congestion both at the beginning of the race where the path is narrow and also at the drink stations along the course.

Click on the start groups to see the names of the runners in each group.

Yellow group - starts at 9:00 (lineup starts at 8:45)

Red group - starts at 9:05 (lineup starts at 8:50)

Green group - starts at 9:10 (lineup starts at 8:55)

Blue group - starts at 9:15 (lineup starts at 9:00)

Please place your race number at waistline or higher and always keep it in front. This will help the race staff to give you faster and better service when they have to tear off parts of the number at the start in Landmannalaugar, at the security count in Emstrur and Alftavatn and at the finish line in Thorsmork. 

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Essential Equipment

Latest news from the Laugavegur trail is that it has been opened and hikers have started walking the trail. The weather always causes some uncertainty due to increased water flow in the rivers and layers of snow. Participants should expect running in snow 3-4 km before and after the highest peak, Hrafntinnusker. The weather in Iceland is very unpredictable so please be well prepared and take winter running clothing with you to Iceland.

The photo above 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 head gear 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).

Runners that want the race staff to bring their bag to the mid-point should be aware that regular plastic bags are not accepted and note that the bag can maximum weigh 3 kg and should be no bigger than 20x35 cm. See further information here.

All runners taking part in the 21st Laugavegur Ultra Marathon on July 15th 2017 are encouraged to read the race information guide. Click here to download the guide (pdf file).

After the weekend information about the start groups will be available and on Thursday a detailed weather forecast for the Laugavegur trail will be published. Registered runners are 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 Marathon

Reykjavik Marathon is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1984. Reykjavik Marathon organizes three events every year: Íslandsbanki Reykjavík Marathon in August, Laugavegur Ultra Marathon in July and Suzuki Midnight Sun Run in June.