Day tour to Grimsey Island on the Arctic Circle

Daytour to Grimsey Island with ferry from Dalvik

Grimsey Island by ferry

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Tour ID: IN04

Tour duration: Summer: 11 hours 
Winter trips are possible with only short stop on the island.

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
  • Ferry ride from Dalvik
  • Scenic views of Eyjafjörður and Hrisey Island

Schedule 2018

1st January  - 14th January 2018
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Dalvík-Grímsey: 09:00, arr. 12:00
Grímsey-Dalvík: dep. 14:00, arr. 17:00

15th January  - 14th May 2018 and 1st October - 31st December 2018
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Dalvík-Grímsey: 09:00, arr. 12:00
Grímsey-Dalvík: dep. 14:00, arr. 17:00

15th May- 31st May 2018 and 1st September - 30th september 2018
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Dalvík-Grímsey: 09:00, arr. 12:00
Grímsey-Dalvík: dep. 16:00, arr. 19:00
Thursdays
Dalvík-Grímsey: 09:00, arr. 12:00
Grímsey-Dalvík: dep. 14:00, arr. 17:00

Summer schedule - 1st June to 30th August 2017:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Dalvík-Grímsey: 09:00, arr. 12:00
Grímsey-Dalvík: dep. 17:00, arr. 20:00

Thursdays
Dalvík-Grímsey: 09:00, arr. 12:00
Grímsey-Dalvík: dep. 14:00, arr. 17:00

Sundays
Dalvík-Grímsey: 09:00, arr. 12:00
Grímsey-Dalvík: dep. 16:00, arr. 19:00

Price per person: ISK 7.000

Children 12-15 years: Isk. 3.500
Children 0-11years: Free

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

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.


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.


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