Book your seat on the race bus
Runners can buy a seat on the race bus from Reykjavik to the start of the race in Landmannalaugar and back from Husadalur in Thorsmork to Reykjavik. The race bus ticket is a return ticket only; it is not possible to buy a one-way ticket. This is because the same buses are taking runners back and forth. The bus fare is not included in the entry fee. Registered runners will be able to book seats on the race bus for themselves and their family and friends on "Your Page". This booking starts in mid June and will be open until July 1st.
Bus fee should be paid at the race package pick up.
Registered runners will be able to book seats on the race bus for themselves and their family and friends on "Your Page". You will get an e-mail when the booking starts (in June). Seats on the race bus should be ordered latest on July 1st.
In case participants want to make some changes to their ordered seats on the race bus they do that by sending an email to [email protected]. This is if they want to arrive at the start in Landmannalaugar earlier or stay longer in Thorsmork. If changes to seats on the race bus are requested the race bus ticket will be changed to a ticket that is valid for Reykjavik Excursions (the bus company) regular schedule. Here you can see the schedule.
It is recommended that runners use the race bus, both because it is cheaper than a normal bus fair and because it is not very simple to drive to the start and finish line. You will need a specially equipped car to drive to both Landmannalaugar (the start) and Husadalur in Thorsmork (the finish). The road is gravel and you will have to cross rivers. Most car rentals don't rent out cars to drive on these roads.
The race bus schedule for July 18th 2020
The bus departs from the Ice Rink in Laugardalur early morning on race day. Participants are put into pace groups based on their estimate finishing time. To create less chaos we ask participants to show up too early or too late. The buses will leave according to the below schedule.
4:30 Buses with participants in the yellow and red pace group leave Reykjavik
5:00 Buses with participants in the green and blue pace group leave Reykjavik
6:30 – 7:00 Hrauneyjar
8:30 – 9:00 Estimate arrival times at Landmannalaugar (race start)
Please note that there are no indoor facilities at Landmannalaugar except for the bus and the toilets. Runners must be dressed for running at the bus. See further information here.
After completing the race, runners who have bought a seat on the race bus will have to show up at the parking lot and enter the busses between 15:30 and 21:00. The first bus will leave when all seats are taken and the last one at 21:00.
Runners intending to return by bus on Sunday will be given bus tickets when they pick up their race package. The Sunday buses leave at 15:00 from Husadalur in Thorsmork to Reykjavik. See further information at re.is.
Arrive earlier to the start
Those who want to arrive at the start line in Landmannalaugar the day before the race can do so. They will then have to take a bus from BSÍ Reykjavik Bus Terminal. See further information about the bus schedule to Landmannalaugar here. The Icelandic Touring Association has a hut in Landmannalaugar and a camping area. See further information here.
Stay longer in Thorsmork after the race
We strongly recommend that you stay overnight in Thorsmork (the finish line) after the race because of the spectacular surroundings and unforgettable nature. Our official buses depart soon after the race but you can extend your stay in Thorsmork overnight and take the bus to Reykjavik on Sunday or Monday. You can use the race bus ticket for this trip also. Further information about the bus schedule from Thorsmork to Reykjavik can be found here. Overnight accommodation in Thorsmork is not included in the registration fee but the Volcano Huts in Thorsmork offers some good deals on accommodation that you can book through their website: volcanohuts.com.
Please note that it is not possible to spend the night before the race in Thorsmork if you are running. There is no bus going from Thorsmork (the finish line) to Landmannalaugar (the start) on race day morning.
Family members and friends
We recommend that runners join their family for a celebration when they get back to their home or accommodations.
Crossing of Krossá-river
A bus scheduled by our partner bus company Reykjavik Excursion will offer trips over the river Krossa which has to be crossed to get to Husadalur in Thorsmork. Krossa should only be crossed by very experienced drivers in special 4x4 super-jeeps. The bus leaves from the river bank over to Husadalur on the 18th of July every 30 minutes between 12:00 and 15:00. After the race trips, will be offered from Husadalur and back to the cars on the other side of the river bank at 17:30 (5:30 pm) and 18:00 (6:00 pm). The price for these trips is 1.000 ISK each way, 500 ISK for 12-15 years old but free of charge for children 11 years old and younger. These trips do not need to be pre-booked and should be paid on the spot.