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  • Laugavegur 2019

    The 23rd Laugavegur Ultra Marathon will take place on Saturday, July 13th, 2019. Registration for the race will be open from January 11th 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 beginning of January. Is this race for you?
  • Big challenge

    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.

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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Start groups 2018

Participants in the 2018 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 security count along the way. 

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.

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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.