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"The best trail race in East Iceland"

The race is 27 KM, starting at "Barðsnes-farm", ending in the town of Neskaupstaður.

"As we stood on the pier in Neskaupstaður, waiting for the boat and our turn to cross the fjord to the start line on the distant other side, it felt like a dream finally coming true.

It‘s a long time since we first toyed with the idea of running in the Barðsnes Trail Race in the Eastfjords in Iceland.  Distance had been the main obstacle, as Neskaupstaður is 700km away from where we live in Reykjavik.

Driving there in one day is not really realistic, nor much fun.  We decided to make a road trip out of it, giving ourselves two days to get there. We spent one night at the camping site in the beautiful national park Skaftafell."

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East Iceland

Towns & Villages

Each town in East Iceland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages the influence of North European neighbours is obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

Map Vopnafjörður Borgarfjörður Eystri Egilsstaðir Seyðisfjörður Mjóifjörður Fljótsdalshérað Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur