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
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.
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
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.
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.