As the world has heard there was a volcano eruption in Eyjafjallajökull in South Iceland earlier this year that has made an impact on people´s lives in the past months. Although the eruption has stopped, ash from the eruption now covers a big area around the volcano. Unfortunately for us the Laugavegur trail lies through this area and we are at this moment uncertain whether the Laugavegur Ultra Marathon can be held as planned. An alternative plan has been put forward with the finish in our historic site of Thingvellir national park (www.thingvellir.is) which lies 60 km east of Reykjavik. The running distance of the alternative route will be around 50 km like the Laugavegur trail. We will do our upmost to hold up the standard of the race in every aspect.
You will receive another letter next week informing you of our decision regarding the running route. By then we will have inspected the Laugavegur trail and made a decision whether it can be run as planned. If we decide to run the Laugavegur trail there is no need for further action on your behalf. If on the other hand we will be forced to abort that route we will inform you about our plans regarding the alternative route and ask you to respond if you are interested in running the alternative route.
According to registration conditions you can get 50% of the registration fee refunded if you decide to cancel your registration before July 1st. In order to make our job easier if it comes to having to use the alternative route we will ask you to respond as soon as possible, preferably before June 24th.
It is widely known that the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull is considered to be over. The organizing committee for the run has been hoping that the event would be staged according to schedule, if it will be possible to drive along the road to Þórsmörk with passengers and supplies. The road has now been repaired and bus trips will be permitted under inspection.
These were good news for a while. But a road and a volcanic ash are two different things. The volcanic ash, as was internationally well known, traveled through the stratosphere all the way to Europe and wider. All through May the guards at Húsadalur at Þórsmörk could not detect any ash but that was too good to be true. The direction of the wind changed to northerly ash rained over Húsadalur and vicinity. The ash covers the whole of the area of the Laugavegur run from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk.
We have contacted some specialists who stated that with a good precipitation the ash could disappear underground. We will keep our fingers crossed for a while and will issue a new statement next week. For the time being the participants of the run are asked to perform the rain dance.