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Adventure Race Iceland Laugavegur Ultra Marathon 2010. Iceland

15 July 2010 to 19 July 2010

BOOKING YOUR PLACE FOR 2010 IS NOW CLOSED - WHY NOT TRY FOR 2011?

The "Laugavegur" course is one of the most beautiful in Iceland, stretching from Landmannalaugar in the highlands to Thorsmork, a natural reservation area. The area is famous for the yellow, orange and purple hues of the surrounding mountains.

The adventure race blazes a trail through moss fields, meadows of wool grass, steam springs, and bizarre lava formations where various blossoms defy the raw climate.

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Do not be fooled by the iconic beauty of this mountain marathon course. This is a tough mountain adventure challenge and having a good race plan is essential. A common error that adventure runners make is taking the first part of this mountain race too fast. Normally, this distance is hiked in four days.

The distance from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmörk is approximately 55km. The marathon course is multi-terrain (sand, gravel, grass, snow, ice, rivers and streams).

Average temperatures in July are approx 7-8°C or 45-47°F

The adventure race ends at Thorsmork, described as Iceland’s brightest pearl, surrounded by rugged mountains and beautiful glaciers

Read Steve Clark's race reports from 2007,  2008 and 2009

Race Information

The course is split into four stages

  • from Landmannalaugar to Hrafntinnusker approx 11km
  • from Hrafntinnusker to Alftavatn approx 11km
  • from Alftavatn to Emstrur approx 16.5km
  • from Emstrur to Thorsmork approx 16.5km

Any runner reaching Álftavatn after 4 hours or Emstrur more than 6 hours after the start, will be disqualified.

Flight Information

The flight details are with Icelandair from London Heathrow to Reykjavik

FI 451 15th July 2010 London Heathrow / Reykjavik 1300 / 1500

FI 454 19th July 2010 Reykjavik / London Heathrow 1610 / 2010

Accommodation

Twin share accommodation at the Hotel Fron on a Breakfast and Dinner basis. The Hotel Fron is located in the heart of Reykjavik's city centre.

Visa Information

British nationals do not require visas to visit Iceland but you must hold a valid passport. Iceland is a member country of the EEA, which entitles British nationals to work or reside in Iceland.

If you wish to stay more than three months in Iceland, you should contact the Directorate of Immigration, Útlendingastofnun, Skogarhlid 6, 105 Reykjavík. Tel 510-5400 view website here.

You are not required to carry your passport with you at all times in Iceland, but it is sensible to keep some form of ID on you and ensure that next of kin details are entered into the back of your passport.

Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. For further information on exactly what will be required at immigration please contact the Embassy of Iceland in London here.

If you require any further information on this event please contact Susan.


 

Itinerary

DAY 1 LONDON HEATHROW – REYKJAVIK

We board our international flight for Reykjavik. On arrival we are met and transferred by coach to our hotel. We will have an marathon orientation briefing before sitting down to a 3 course dinner.

DAY 2 FREE DAY IN REYKJAVIK

Today you will have breakfast at the hotel before being registering for the marathon at midday. Following this you will take a bus transfer to the race start. Tonight you will camp at the race start line in 2 man tents so that you are ready for the race start tomorrow.

DAY 3 RACE DAY

Today is race day! Runner’s bags will be transported to Thorsmork, both from the start and from Bláfjallakvísl. After the adventure race all runners are invited to a BBQ dinner. Following the race and prize ceremony at Thorsmork, the buses will depart from Reykjavik. Showers are available at Thorsmork.

DAY 4 FREE DAY IN REYKJAVIK

We have a free day to enjoy the sights of Reykjavik. Breakfast is provided as well as a celebratory 3 course meal in the evening.

DAY 5 BLUE LAGOON VISIT -REYKJAVIK – LONDON HEATHROW

After breakfast we travel to the Blue Lagoon Spa for a bit of pampering before we transfer to board our return flight to the UK.

Please note the itinerary is subject to change


 

Testimonials

Very tough adventure run but a beautiful challenge and great scenery. Very good organisation; Really enjoyed it and will be back next year. Richard, 2008 competitor

Great race. Very hard on the knees, but the fantastic views were enough to pull me through. It was a very well organised trip and the pre-race briefing was extremely useful in preparing me for the marathon. Might even do another one sometime!!! Will Butler, 2008 competitor

MAGIC! Very nicely done. Great team, friendly organisation. Plenty of info and good sense of humour throughout. Will be back again. Hope to remain contacts long term. Chris Hough, 2008 competitor


 
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