The northernmost inhabited Icelandic territory, Grimsey represents a unique destination for guests who wish to experience the Arctic Circle. This tiny, charming island stands alone far out on the horizon, surrounded by the expansive Arctic Ocean. Steep cliffs can be found everywhere, except along the southern shoreline. Despite its northerly latitude, Grimsey is generally mild due to the North Atlantic current, which brings warm water from the Gulf of Mexico. View more
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Set off from the harbor in Grimsey for an unforgettable boat tour around the island.
Board the uncovered boat and receive a safety briefing before sailing between Scylla and Charybdis, the island is girded by bird cliffs where a multitude of sea birds nest. About sixty species of birds nest on this fascinating island. Along the way, marvel at the charming beauty and splendid bird-life on the island. Grimsey Island is about 1.3 miles (2 kilometres) wide and 3.7 miles (5.9 kilometres) long with an area of 1.93 square miles (4.9 square kilometres), the second largest of the islands around Iceland.
Learn about the history of the island and make a toast when going over the Arctic Circle. Travelers will get a certificate from the local authorities to show that they have crossed the Circle.
Please note: This tour involves minimal walking however, stepping on and off the boat might be challenging and is recommended for guests with limited mobility are able to embark and disembark the boat with minimal assistance. It is not recommended for those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests should dress according to the local weather conditions and wear comfortable clothing and bring their camera.
Grimsey island is about 1.3 miles wide and 3.7 miles long with an area of 1.93 sq miles, the second largest of the islands around Iceland. The island is girded by bird cliffs where a multitude of sea birds nest. All in all about sixty species of birds nest on this fascinating island.
The walking tour beyond the artic is a 1.5 hour guided tour that covers the history of the island, some of the birdlife and way of living in Grímsey.
Close to Basar farm on the island's northern half, a signpost at 66 degrees and 33 minutes north marks the Arctic Circle. Travelers will get a certificate from the local authorities to show that they have crossed the Circle.
Please note: This tour involves extensive walking 2.4 miles (3.8 kilometres) and many steps, and guests should be in good physical condition to participate It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests should dress according to the local weather conditions and wear comfortable walking shoes as the ground may be uneven at the photo stops.