Attractions

Century Stones

Century Stones

In Grímsey one can find 3 century stones showing where the Arctic circle was around Summer solstice in 1717, 1817 and 1917.
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Photo Kristofer Knutsen

Fiske monument

The Fiske monument is just above the harbor in Grímsey. Daniel Willard Fiske (November 11, 1831 – September 17, 1904) was an American librarian and scholar, born on November 11, 1831, at Ellisburg, New York.
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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, It is 9,6 m high and built in year 1937 according to the design of the engineer Benedikt Jónasson.
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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

Miðgarðar is the site of the most northerly church in Iceland. It was consecrated by Bishop Jón Ögmundsson in the early 11th century and was dedicated to Ólafur the patron saint of the Nordic people.
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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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