Activities

By the Arctic Circle.

Arctic Circle & diplomas

The Arctic Circle crosses Iceland at its northern most point, on the island Grímsey which is a part of the town Akureyri. The Arctic Circle is the southernmost latitude in the Northern Hemisphere at which the sun remains constantly above or below the horizon for 24 hours (at the solstice in June and December).
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Puffins in Grímsey

Birdwatching and bird exhibition

The birdlife in Grimsey is unique with numerous different species and unusually dense populations. The birdlife is flourishing due to several reasons; rich fishing grounds are close by, no rats or mice are on the island and hunting of the birds and collection of their eggs has been reduced to a minimum since earlier times.
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Boat tours & Sea angling

Boat tours & Sea angling

Enjoy a cruise around the island, getting in close range of the bird cliffs and/or enjoy sea-angling. Tours are arranged upon request, varying from 1 hour up to whole day tour.
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Bicycling

Bicycling

Grímsey fits well for mountain biking as the landscape is soft, with a mixture of tracks, paths and roads. Tracks cover the east side of the island, while roads are on the west side, paved within the village and gravel outside it.
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Diving

Diving

Due to the good quality of the ocean, visibility and pureness of the waters surrounding Grímsey is a good place to dive in. Divers can enjoy the sea fauna consisting of different Algae/Seaweed, the marine life with many different fish species but most importantly experience the uniqueness of diving with birds
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Golf at the Arctic Circle

Golf at the Arctic Circle

A small (3 hole) golf course is located at the Arctic Circle, close by the airport. Golf Clubs and balls can be rented at the Básar Guesthouse located by the golf course.
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Guided tours and sightseeing on the island

Guided tours and sightseeing on the island

Guided walks are offered all year. The tour covers the history of the island, some of the birdlife and way of living in Grímsey and crosses the Arctic Circle. A diploma for crossing the Arctic Circle is included in the tour.
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Midnight sun

Midnight sun

Grímsey is one of the places which provide great view of the midnight sun during the summertime (June-July). This is because Grímsey is the northern most part of Iceland and the Arctic Circle crosses it.
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Northern lights

Northern lights

As Grímsey has few inhabitants, light pollution is not an issue. Conditions to enjoy northern lights are good from late September till end of April during the dark time of the day.
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Sea swimming

Sea swimming

Grímsey is surrounded by the North Atlantic Oceanwhich is cold arctic water. It is possible to take a swim in the ocean; it is clean - but cold, about 8°C during summer and 4°C during winter.
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Shore fishing

Shore fishing

The waters surrounding Grímsey are rich of fish and it is therefore easy for those with the right equipment to catch e.g. Cod and Coalfish along the coast. The island has sheer cliffs on the north side, but accessible rock ledges and boulder beaches on the south side
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