The Laugavegur course is one of the most beautiful in Iceland, stretching from Landmannalaugar in the highlands to Thorsmork, a natural reservation area. The trail is clearly designated with markers and there will be a staff along the course to guide runners along the trail.
The Laugavegur course is one of the most beautiful in Iceland, stretching from Landmannalaugar in the highlands to Thorsmork, a natural reservation area. The trail is clearly designated with markers, and there will be a staff along the course to guide runners along the trail. Normally, this distance is hiked in four days. We have a more detailed description of the course here on our website.
Landmannalaugar, the start, is not only a highly interesting place in a geological sense but also for its history and vegetation. Most important though is the beauty of the surroundings. Such a multiplicity of colours and shapes are not to be found in any other place in nature. This fact and the comfortable natural bath have made Landmannalaugar the most visited spot in the uninhabited areas of Iceland. The place is relatively easy to reach (i.e. with a scheduled bus) and offers a huge range of travel possibilities, including riding tours, organised there. A big number of walking paths are especially popular. There is a hut and a campground there with modern sanitary facilities, and a little shop offering the common needs of the traveller (no tank service though). In spite of the human crowd around the campground, it’s easy to be alone in magnificent surroundings within a few minutes. The hot pool nevertheless is almost always full of people, like a constant international congress.
Thorsmork - where the run ends - is one of Iceland's brightest pearls, surrounded by rugged and beautiful mountains and glaciers. Popular visit by Icelanders.
The Laugavegur Ultra Marathon starts in Landmannalaugar which is approximately 600 meters above sea level. Hrafntinnusker is the highest point of the route, a little less than 1100 meters above sea level.
A 500 meter climb in the beginning does not sound difficult but the route is demanding and many runners make the mistake of going too fast in the beginning when climbing up to Hrafntinnusker. Experienced Laugavegur runners that use Garmin GPS to measure altitude in every step have found out that the total climb is about 1,900 meters and a total of 2,200 meters downhill.
The run ends in Þórsmörk, about 200 meters above sea level. The following picture shows accurately the height changes on the way along with information on services available on the course.