Team Fjalló Finishes the Laugavegur Ultramarathon!
Team Fjalló off to the races!
Nearly three weeks ago, we announced the story of Team Icelandic Mountain Guides (Team Fjalló) and the Laugavegur Ultramarathon. The Laugavegur Ultramarathon is a grueling 55km trail through the Iceland Highlands, starting in Landmannalaugar and finishing in Thorsmork.
Why hike when you can run?!
The trail usually takes 4 days and 3 nights when it is hiked. When it is completed as a marathon, the entire track is completed in as little as 4 hours by some! Team Fjalló’s fastest runner Arnaud completed the marathon the fastest in 5 hours and 6 minutes. Incredible! The rest of the team did incredibly well as well, all finishing the race in under 8 hours.
From basecamp to the finish line
Here, we present a short photo essay of the marathon, showing Team Fjalló’s arrival in Landmannalaugar and the establishment of the base camp, the sumptuous dinner we prepared in preparation for the race, starting the race and finishing the race at Volcano Huts in Húsadalur. Everyone was a little worse for wear immediately afterward. However, everyone is in good health, and is looking forward to competing in the next year’s ultramarathon!
It was an incredible day, and we are extremely proud of our team for completing such an incredible feat in such short times. This was more than just a race: this was a team of friends getting together, having a great time, accomplishing something difficult, and raising money or a good cause at the same time! Indeed, the team raised nearly $3000, including a $1000 donation from Icelandic Mountain Guides.
The team has decided to leave donations open for the crowdfunded fundraising project they have set up!
Run the Laugavegur yourself!
Are you interested in running the Laugavegur Ultra? If you like a serious running challenge, check out the website and get registered!
About the Author
Hailing from London and born into a British/Brazilian/Italian household, Joseph came to Iceland originally to complete a master’s degree in Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Iceland: the rest is history.
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