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Distance

7.25 mi

Elevation gain

1,096 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

1,096 ft

Max elevation

319 ft

Trailrank

26

Min elevation

0 ft

Trail type

Loop
  • Photo of Grímsey - Full Circle Trail
  • Photo of Grímsey - Full Circle Trail
  • Photo of Grímsey - Full Circle Trail

Coordinates

501

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January 14, 2021
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near Grímsey, Norðurland Eystra (Ísland)

A full circle tour of the island
Distance: About 10 km (6.2 miles).
Time: Approximately 6 hrs.
Terrain: Gravel road, tracks and paved road in the village

Start by the harbor and go towards the airport and across the Arctic Circle. The path follows the cliffs of Básavík, walkers should take good care not to go too near the edge as the nest burrowing of the puffins has made the ground loose.
Continue along the tracks to the northern most point of the island, Fótur (Eyjafótur) and then on to the eastern high cliffs. This path runs all the way to the lighthouse on the southern end of the island.
From the lighthouse take a short detour to the southernmost part of the island where you find the Century Stone dated 1717. Return back to the road and cross the island to the western side of it. Here one can enjoy the view of basalt columns along the coastline. Just right before the house Borgir, return back to the road and follow it back to the village and back to the starting point. There is plenty of opportunity for wildlife and landscape photography during this hike. Remember to bring some refreshments and water along with you!

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