Akureyri – Arctic Circle Express

Grímsey is a gem on the Arctic Circle

You will have the chance to cross the Arctic Circle in a matter of few hours. Grímsey is a gem on the Arctic Circle, only 25 nautical miles off the north coast of Iceland. The island is inhabited with courages people.

The population is of total 80 persons whose living bread is fishing in the Arctic sea and tourism.

Grímsey is a charming and unique destination where you will meet friendly locals who can tell you stories galore about the hardship of living in such a windswept and secluded spot on the globe. When we come to the island we will watch the puffins which are one of Grimsey´s trade mark.

During our visit to the island you will be guided to the photospot as well as to the community house where you will taste the delicious local fish plate.

On the way to and from Grímsey you will see the breathtaking scenery of Eyjafjordur, the island Hrísey and we will have the oportunity to look at the whales of Akureyri

During the whole trip we will tell you all about the scenery, the whales, the puffins, the local food and the people of Grímsey.

Duration: 6 hour(s) 30 minute(s)

Difficulty: Very easy

What’s included?

– Round boat trip from Akureyri to Grimsey
– Crossing the Arctic Circle
– Wildlife and nature guidance on board
– Whale watching
– Puffin watching (in August we can not guarantee that the puffins are still on the island)
– Guided tour on the island
– Local food, catch of the day at the community
– FREE souvenir stating your presence to Grimsey Arctic Circle

What do I need to bring?

– Warm clothing
– Camera

Attention points
Attention, minimum number per tour 25 pax.

Akureyri – Arctic Circle Express

The Arctic Circle Express is a fast and fun filled six hour tour on our fast m/s Arctic Circle catamaran vessel. Departing from Akureyri harbor, we cruise out the fjord, looking for whales on the way. The fjord has breathtaking scenery, and our guides fill you in with stories and interesting facts. When we come to Grímsey island we sail across the arctic circle into a small bay called Básavík, home to thousands of puffins and other seabirds. We then go ashore in Grimsey island, enjoying a short guided tour. Local food is served at the community home, followed by storytelling of life in the island and a local dessert. We urge you to take a look at the local souvenir shop, with many items that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. When walking back to the boat, be careful not to go to close to the bank, because the puffin likes to dig holes in the ground. These can be up to three feet deep, making the bank unsafe. We take a different route back, sailing along the west coast of the fjord, which has a quite different view. The total length of the tour is from six to six and a half hours.

Activity type:

Bird watching
Whale watching

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