Day Tour Grimsey Arctic Circle Flight
Flight from Akureyri to the arctic island of Grímsey. Please note that this is only a return flight and not a guided tour!
- Grímsey Island
- Crossing the Arctic Circle
- Bird cliffs with puffins and other sea birds
- Glimpse into the life of a tiny fishing community on a remote 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.
Check in at Akureyri airport is 45min.before flight departure. After landing on Grímsey Island you can walk to the bird cliffs, cross the Arctic Circle and visit the village. Return to the airport in time for your flight back to Akureyri.
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.
Dates & prices
Tour duration: 1 – 1,5 hours plus 30 minute flight time each way
Price per person: From ISK 19.900
Prices can change according to availability at the time of booking.
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- Flight Akureyri – Grímsey – Akureyri
- Airport taxes
Good To Know
- This is a return flight only between Akureyri and Grímsey, it is not a guided tour.