4.88 mi

Elevation gain

741 ft

Technical difficulty


Elevation loss

741 ft

Max elevation

333 ft



Min elevation

13 ft

Trail type

  • Photo of Grímsey Red Trail




January 13, 2021
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333 ft
13 ft
4.88 mi

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near Grímsey, Norðurland Eystra (Ísland)

Covering the north part of Grímsey
Distance: About 7,6 km (4.9 miles).
Time: Approximately 3 hrs.
Terrain: Gravel road, tracks and paved road in the village

Start by the harbor and go towards the airport, pass the airport service buildings and the guesthouse Básar. On the Básar guesthouse north side you find the old Arctic Circle marker "the viewfinders and the bridge". Return towards the coast again along a path through the grass field until you arrive to the gravel road, turn right and continue along the road to the north until you reach Básavík. Enjoy the view of this majestic bay where thousands of seabirds habit the cliffs, make sure though not to go too near the edge as the nest burrowing of the puffins has made the ground loose.
Return back to the dirt road and up the hill and follow it along the coastline to the north part of the island called Fótur (Eyjafótur). Here you find the new Arctic Circle marker "ORBIS et GLOBUS" (Hringur og kúla).
Continue as north you can get, at this point there is nothing between you and the North Pole except the ocean.
Return back up the hill and when you find a track to the left follow it until you reach the east side of the island. Continue along the track until you se a radio mast, there you take the track to the right to return back to the village to the starting point. On the way down to the village you will pass the southern end of the air stripe and enter a gate close to a house with a mast on its southside.


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