Attractions

The Arctic Circle

The Arctic Circle

The Arctic Circle is a line close to the 66,5° parallels in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. It marks the approximate area in which the sun never rises in winter and never sets in summer for 24 hours or longer. It's where one can see the midnight sun.
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Mynd: Studio Granda

Orbis et Globus (Circle and Sphere)

Orbis et Globus (Circle and Sphere) is an artwork that was placed on the Arctic Circle in 2017. It is a 3m diameter globe that will follow the fluctuating North-South part of the Arctic Circle until it leaves the island.
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The Lighthouse in Grímsey – Vitinn

The Lighthouse in Grímsey – Vitinn

This is one of the notable buildings in Grímsey, built in year 1937. It is located on the south-east corner of the island. In the beginning it was run manually with a gas lamp which had to be turned on and off manually.
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Basalt Column formations

Basalt Column formations

Grímsey has many beautiful basalt columns formations especially at the south west corner of the island. Basalt is a volcanic material that can crystallize into special formation if thick lava flow is cooled relatively rapidly from a horizontal angel – then the lava cracks and creates these special hexagonal formations.
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The bridge and signpole

The bridge and signpole

In many countries a symbol of the Arctic Circle is but on a permanent spot, but due to the fact that the Arctic Circle is constantly moving this is just a symbol of where it has been at a given time.
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The Burial Site of the First Settlers

The Burial Site of the First Settlers

Between the village and the airport, shortly after the pond on the way to the airport one can see two caps on the left hand side, which the story tells is the burial site of the first settlers of Grímsey.
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The Church of Grímsey

The Church of Grímsey

One of the early Catholic bishops of Iceland, Jón Ögmundsson consecrated a church on Grímsey in the 11th century. It was dedicated to St. Olaf, the patron saint of Norway.
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The Cliffs

The Cliffs

In former times the cliffs along the coastline where important to the inhabitants as they were a major source of food supply. Each farm owned their part of the cliffs and could collect eggs and catch birds from that area.
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The Windmill

The Windmill

As no natural resources of hot water or other means of producing electricity in an environmental way is possible in Grímsey. All electricity and warming of water is produced by means of a diesel aggregator.
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