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Leirvík - Norðragøta

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    Leirvík, photo: Barbara á Líðarenda
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    photo: Barbara á Líðarenda
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    The village Norðragøta. View from up on the top stairs just below the pass in 310m height. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    The view from just below the top stairs under the mountain Leirvíksfjall. Here we look south over Gøtuvík Bay, where we have Mjóvanes at the very end. The special thing about this village path is that there are so many stacked stairs and iron railings. A bit challenging... Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    view of Syðrugøta, photo: Barbara á Líðarenda
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    Boat houses and church in the village of Norðragøta. Photo: @Kirstinvang

The path up over Mt. Leirvíksfjall is as ancient as it is beautiful, with views north across the strait to the Northern Isles, over the bay Gøtuvík and toward the southern seas

This is a fairly easy hike that takes about an hour to walk. Cairns guide you along; stairs and balustrades are set up in the crags where they are at their steepest. The last stretch down to Norðragøta is marked with posts with reflectors.

 

Several interesting historical sites are on the route. Above the football pitch in Leirvík, you will find the well-kept peat hut that tells a story about the hard work of people who laboured here in ages past.

 

Further up, you walk by Moyggjarhellið, a cave, where it is said young women hid when pirates marauded in the area.

 

A tower viewer is set up on Mt. Leirvíksfjall near the village path. Through it you can enjoy the views north across the strait to the Northern Isles, over the bay Gøtuvík and toward the southern seas. The viewer is taken down during winter, but the hike can be taken year-round, weather permitting. 

 

The hike can be taken in either direction, weather conditions and mode of transportation being decisive for which direction is preferable.  

Leirvík - Norðragøta
Norðragøta - Leirvík

Leirvík - Norðragøta

Public transport
Route 400 is driving to and from Norðragøta and Leirvík.

From there a free bus is driving between the villages. See timetables here, or contact Visit Eysturoy.

Arriving by car
Parking in Leirvík
Parking is available by the football pitch in Leirvík. From here, walk through the two gates above the football pitch by the small house called “Torvhúsið hjá Petur Kristian Jacobsen (í Gerðismørk),” an old peat hut. (see the photo)

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    map of parking (green) and starting point (blue)
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    starting point

Norðragøta - Leirvík

Public transport
Route 400 is driving to and from Norðragøta and Leirvík.

From there a free bus is driving between the villages. See timetables here, or contact Visit Eysturoy.

Arriving by car 
Parking in Norðagøta
There are several places to park in Norðragøta. The best option is to park in the village, either by the church or the fish processing plant.

By Blásastova, the village museum, you will find a poster that shows you where the village path starts. From here, walk up to the unpaved road that runs through cultivated fields, go through two gates, and from there posts will lead you thro.

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    See green line for parking and blue line for startingpoint
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    starting point - walking past Blásastova
Leirvík - Norðragøta
Norðragøta - Leirvík

Leirvík - Norðragøta

Norðragøta - Leirvík

Facts

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1h 30m

Duration

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2.1 km

distance

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336 m

Peak

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332 m

Elevation


family icon Suited for kids above approx. 10 years
difficulty icon Difficult - The stretch up or down through the crags is short but steep and may be vertiginous to some. However, balustrades are in all areas where it is needed
terrain icon Grass-covered and good for walking throughout. However, it is steep in places with steep narrow staircases leading up through the crags
8°C
4 m/s
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