Kolbeinsey Is Shrinking - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Kolbeinsey Is Shrinking

Published August 29, 2013

Iceland’s northernmost island continues to shrink, and could disappear in less than a decade.
Morgunblaðið reports that the Icelandic Coast Guard, which regularly checks on the Arctic island, found that the island is eroding at an accelerated rate. The Coast Guard did not speculate on when the tiny island would disappear completely.
As it is today, the island barely measures 90 square meters and has no vegetation. While a helicopter pad was built on the island in 1989, erosion claimed half the pad in 2006, and landings are no longer made there.
It was last estimated that the island will disappear altogether by 2020. When that happens, Grímsey will then assume the title of Iceland’s Northernmost Point.

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