Grimsey Island is located approx 40 km (25 ml) off the northern coast of the mainland Iceland, straddling the Arctic Circle. The island covers a total area of approx 5 km2 (2 ml2) and has population under 100.
- Until a vote in 2009 to unite with Akureyri, Grimsey Island constituted the municipality (hreppur) of Grimseyjarhreppur. The only settlement on the island is Sandvík.
- Grimsey Island is Iceland's northernmost inhabited territory; the islet of Kolbeinsey is situated farther north, but it's uninhabited. The nearest land is Flatey Island, located 39,4 km (24,5 ml) to the south. The Arctic Circle runs through Grimsey, while the whole mainland Iceland lies south of it. Steep cliffs are found everywhere except on island's southern shoreline. Grimsey has a maximum elevation of 105 m (344 ft).
- Though treeless, the vegetation cover on the island is rich, and consists of grass, moss and marshland. Grimsey Island is home to lots of birds, especially auks.
- The main industrial activity on Grimsey Island is commercial fishing. Collecting seabirds' eggs and agriculture are also common. Grimsey is popular among tourists who want to experience the Arctic Circle. Grimsey Island is served by ferry and aircraft passenger services from mainland.
- The church on Grimsey was constructed from driftwood in 1867. It was renovated in 1956 and lies within Akureyri parish. The island also has a community center and school from kindergarten to Grade 8. Older students travel to Akureyri to receive further education. Formerly, the church was a parsonage, and is located at a place marked on most maps as Midgardur. However, the single settlement is known as Sandvik.
- Grimsey Island has acquired a reputation for being a chess-playing bastion. On learning this, Willard Fiske (1831-1904), American scholar and keen chess player, took protective interest in the island, supporting the economy, sending supplies and leaving money in his will, though he never visited.
A ferry connects the island 3 days per week with the mainland. The island of Grimsey is served by Grímsey Airport.
Highlights: Puffins, Razorbills, and Kittiwakes, Kolbeinsey
Grimsey Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Grimsey Island dock (anchor) at Grimsey - port town on the western coast.
The Grimsey Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Grimsey Island, Arctic Circle, Iceland.
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Port Grimsey Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Grimsey Island, Arctic Circle, Iceland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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