Walking paths/Hikes

Hiking along the east coast of Grímsey
Hiking along the east coast of Grímsey

Grímsey is 5.3 square kilometres and 5.5 kilometres long, it is comparatively flat, lowest on the West side by the harbour and village and highest on the East side rising up to about 105 meters above sea level.  There are several different hiking trails/paths to choose from.

Hiking paths - a map (pdf - Icelandic).

All the tours descriptions start and end by the harbour.

1) Grímsey – A round of the islandSheep in Grímsey
Distance: About 10 km (6.2 miles).
Time: Approximately 4 hrs.
Terrain: Gravel road, tracks and paved road in the village

Start by the harbour 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. From there the path leads 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 one should walk straight across the island to the west side where one can enjoy the view of basalt columns along the coastline. Back to the road by the house Borgir and along it through the village and back to the starting point.  There is plenty of opportunity for wildlife and landscape photography during this hike.

2) The red track – Covering the north part of GrímseyBirds on the east coast
Distance: About 7,6 km (4.9 miles).
Time: Approximately 2.5 hrs.
Terrain: Gravel road, tracks and paved road in the village

Start by the harbour 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. From there the path leads to the northern most point of the island, Fótur (Eyjafótur) and then on to the eastern high cliffs and the highest point of the island before following the tracks down to the village by the end of the air stripe. When down in the village go back to the startingpoint at the harbour.

3) The green track (and a bit red) The center of Grímsey and the south part.The lighthouse
Distance: About 6,4 km (3,8 miles).
Time: Approximately 2.5 hrs.
Terrain: Gravel road, tracks and paved road in the village

Start by the harbour, going up to the village and into the street Vallagata by house with the big radio-antenna close by.  Here a path (red) goes up to the heights to the east of the island.  Well at the top of the heights follow the green pools to the south (don’t take the yellow track). This path runs all the way to the lighthouse on the southern end of the island. From the lighthouse walk straight across the island to its west side where one can enjoy the view of basalt columns formations along the coastline. Return to the road again by the house Borgir and along it to the village and to the starting point at the harbour.

4) The yellow track (and a bit red) - The center of Grímsey.The central part of the island
Distance: About 4,2 km (2,5 miles).
Time: Approximately 1.5 hrs.
Terrain: Gravel road, moors, tracks and paved road in the village

Start by the harbour, going up to the village and into the street Vallagata by house with the big radio-antenna close by.  Here a path (red) goes up to the heights to the east of the island.  Well at the top of the heights follow the yellow pools to the south. The route passes the pond Hólatjörn and down to the road between the church Miðgarðar and the farm Sveinagarðar. Follow the road towards the village and to the starting point at the harbour.