The Island on the Arctic Circle

Grímsey is a popular island, known for being the northernmost settlement in Iceland, with the Arctic Circle running straight through it. Despite that, Grímsey’s summers are generally mild and the island holds a rich vegetation.

Up to sixty species of birds and one of the biggest puffin colonies in Iceland make Grímsey ideal for bird watching. For the history enthusiast there’s the Grímsey church, built in 1867 and renovated in 1932. On the eastern side of the island, you can see the dramatic coastline where the islanders climb down the sheer rock cliffs with a rope—at great personal risk—to collect eggs for themselves and their families.

To get to Grímsey you can take the ferry (takes about 3 hours) from the village of Dalvík, which is a 30 min drive from Akureyri—departure on Mon, Wed and Fridays. Taking this refreshing boat trip is ideal for families, particularly on a sunny day. If you prefer, you can also travel to Grímsey by air, a 25 min flight from Akureyri Airport—daily departures in summer and on Sun, Tue and Fri during winter.

Other Neighboring Towns of Akureyri