Day tour to Grimsey Island on the Arctic Circle

Options for visiting the island of Grimsey, observing puffins and crossing the Arctic Circle

Grimsey on the Arctic Circle

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Bird-rich Island grimsey in north of Iceland

Tour ID: IN04

Tour duration: Summer: from 2½ hrs - full day;
Winter trips are possible please contact us for further details.

More than 40 km North of the mainland of Iceland lies Grímsey, the island of 5,3 sq.km, green and grassy on the top, but on the sides largely fortified with perpendicular rocks. Grímsey Island is also the only point of Iceland crossed by the Arctic Circle.
An old legend tells that once upon a time the island was only inhabited by trolls and giants, until they were slain by a man called Grímur. However, he took the daughter of one of them for a wife and the islanders are said to be their descendants. Whether that be true or not, the islanders are known for their hardiness as fishermen - which is surely a requirement on this isolated arctic island mentioned in many old sources. In the past, Grimsey was renowned as an inexhaustible source of eggs and birds, and for rich fishing banks around the island.

Highlights

  • Grímsey Island
  • Crossing the Arctic Circle
  • Bird cliffs with puffins and other sea birds
  • Glimpse into life in a fishing village on a remote island
  • Scenic views of Eyjafjörður

Departure: depending on tour options below

Option 1: Arctic Circle Flight from Akureyri

Daily departures from 1st June - 31st August 2017
Flight schedule:
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri:
Akureyri-Grímsey: dep. 08:40, arr. 09:10
Grímsey-Akureyri: dep. 11:10, arr. 11:40
Sat, Sun:
Akureyri-Grímsey: dep. 09:45, arr. 10:15
Grímsey-Akureyri: dep. 12:15, arr. 12:45

Departures January - 31st May 2017 and 1st September - October 2017:
Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays, (early afternoon depatures from Akureyri)

Price per person from: ISK 25.900 (price is changable and depend of available fare at the time of booking)
Includes:
Flight Akureyri-Grímsey-Akureyri
Airport taxes
Guided walk on Grímsey island
Arctic Circle certificate


Option 2: Grímsey Island Arctic Express Cruise 

Departures: June - August 2017Grímsey Island
Tue / Thur / Sun
Departure time from Akureyri harbour (town centre):
1st June - 10th August: 18:00
13th - 31st August: 13:00

Duration: approx. 6 hours

Price per person: ISK 29.990
Children 7-15 years: ISK 16.990
Children 0-7 years: free

 


Option 3: Grímsey Island by ferry from Dalvík - not guided

Departures: Mondays, Tuesdays ,Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays
Summer schedule - 16th May to 30th August 2017:
Dalvík-Grímsey: dep. 09:00, arr. 12:00
Grímsey-Dalvík: dep. 16:00, arr. 19:00
Winter schedule - 1st September 2016 - 15 May 2017:
Dalvík-Grímsey: dep. 09:00, arr. 12:00
Grímsey-Dalvík: no fixed departure time - the ferry only stops short time; as long as the crew needs to (un)load the cargo and then returns to Dalvík immediately.

Price per person: ISK 9.660
Children 12-15 years: Isk. 4.830
Children 0-11years: Free

Transfer to/from Dalvík is not included in the price.


 
Option 4: Grímsey with Overnight in Guesthouse - not guided

You can choose between flight both ways, ferry both ways or combination of ferry and flight. On Grímsey Island the only type of accommodation available is in guesthouse with shared facilities.

Please contact us for price and availability.

 

People often visit this northernmost Icelandic settlement in order to set foot across the Arctic Circle. However, Grímsey has a number of other things to offer. Early in the summer, observing the midnight sun on the island can be an unforgettable experience. On the West coast there are beautiful coves, lined with basalt columns and skerries. The East coast boasts  100 m high sea cliffs, where egg-collecting from the cliffs is still practised. Conditions for bird-watching are unique, the cliffs during the summer months are covered in nesting sea birds such as puffins, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars and kittiwakes. On the grassy parts of the island, one must walk with care to avoid treading on the numerous tern's nests and young chicks.
The island has a church, swimming pool, small grocery store, local handicrafts shop, ATM and two guesthouses.

In good weather the travel to and from the island offers impressive views of the mountains on both sides of Eyjafjörður, whether you decide to take the sea or the air route from Akureyri.


Option 1: Arctic Flight from Akureyri

Check in at Akureyri airport is 30 min.before flight departure. After landing on Grímsey Island the local guide will meet the passengers at the airport and walk to the bird cliffs, crossing the Arctic Circle as well as to the village. Return to the airport in time for your flight back to Akureyri.


Option 2: Grímsey Island Arctic Express Cruise

Grímsey IslandWith this tour you have the chance to cross the Arctic Circle in a matter of few hours, departure from Akureyri, North Iceland.

Grímsey is a gem on the Arctic Circle, only 25 nautical miles off the north coast of Iceland.  The residents of Grímsey who stay on the island year round are hardy folk! The population of approx 80 carve their living out from fishing in the Arctic sea and in recent year’s tourism.  Grímsey is a charming and unique destination where you will meet friendly locals who can tell you sagas galore about the hardship of living on such a windswept and secluded island. Grímsey is famous for puffins, it has the largest colony in Iceland, we have the chance to see and get very close to thousands of these comical, vibrantly coloured clowns of the sky.  Your guide for the time on Grímsey will take you to the marker where you can cross the Arctic Circle and then on to the community house where you may taste a delicious local fish speciality.
On the way to and from Grímsey you will see breathtaking panoramic views of Eyjafjörður (the longest fjord in Iceland), the island of Hrísey and we have the opportunity to look for whales in the Fjord.
During the trip we talk about the  about the wonderful surrounding scenery, the whales, the puffins,  local food and the villagers of Grímsey.

An evening cruise in June and July can also be a perfect opportunity to experience the setting sun as it only just about touches the horizon at midnight at this time of the season.

Tour facts:
    Roughly six hour tour
    Five different watching platforms
    360° panorama from top deck
    Commentary through on board sound system
    Heated indoor cabin with toilet facilities
    Comfortable cushioned seats & ample space
    Light snacks, sandwiches, coffee, beer & soft drinks available for purchase on board


Option 3: Grímsey Island by ferry from Dalvík

The ferry to Grímsey island is operated from Dalvík, a fishing town about 45 km north of Akureyri at the western side of the Eyjafjörður.
Board the ferry in Dalvik harbour, after a 3-hour sailing through the fjord and across the open ocean you will reach the destination. On the way you can enjoy the views of Hrísey Island and steep mountains on both sides of the fjord. Quite often whales can be spotted in the sea during the trip, however, the ferry does not stop for a closer look. After disembarking the ferry at the harbour of Grímsey you have about 3½-4 hours to explore the island on your own before returning to the harbour, boarding the ferry and sailing back to Dalvík.


Option 4: Grímsey Island with Overnight

One possibility for a 2-day itinerary:

Day 1 (Monday, Wednesday or Friday):
Early morning transfer to Dalvík where you board the ferry to Grímsey Island. Upon arrival check in at guesthouse. In the afternoon you can use the time to exlore the village or walk towards the airport and across the Arctic Circle to the bird cliffs. It is possible to arrange for evening meal at the guesthouse.

Day 2 (Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday):
Breakfast at the guesthouse. Some more free time to explore or enjoy the tranquility of the island. At 11:00 departure of the flight to Akureyri.

It is also possible to extend the stay on the island for one night or more and return either by flight or ferry, depending on the day of return travel.

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