Grimsey Island (Iceland, Arctic Circle)

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Iceland - Greenland - Faroe Islands

Local Time
2024-02-27 13:29

min: 22 °F (-6 °C) / max: 32 °F (-0 °C) 26°F
Wind: 316°/ 10.5 m/s  Gust: 11 m/sWind: 316°/ 10.5 m/s  Gust: 11 m/sFresh breeze
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Min / Max Temperature32 °F / -0 °C
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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, Iceland, Arctic Circle. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

10 May, 2024
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Fridtjof Nansen
15 May, 2024
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Fram
21 May, 2024
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Fridtjof Nansen
25 May, 2024
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Fram
28 May, 2024
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineSylvia Earle
28 May, 2024
Phoenix Reisen Cruises cruise lineMS Deutschland-World Odyssey07:0014:00
29 May, 2024
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Fridtjof Nansen

Grimsey Island is located approx 40 km (25 mi) off the northern coast of the mainland Iceland, straddling the Arctic Circle. The island covers a total area of approx 5 km2 (2 mi2) and has population under 100.

In 2009, Grimsey Island became part of Akureyri municipality (which also includes Hrisey Island). Grimsey is Iceland's northernmost inhabited territory. The islet Kolbeinsey is farther north, but is uninhabited. The nearest land is Flatey Island, located approx 39 km (25 mi) to the south. The Arctic Circle runs through Grimsey, while the whole mainland Iceland is south of it. Steep cliffs are found everywhere except on the island's southern shoreline. The max elevation is 105 m (344 ft).

Though treeless, the island's vegetation cover is rich, consisting of grass, moss and marshland. Grimsey is home to lots of seabirds, especially auks. The main industrial activity on the isle is commercial fishing. Collecting seabird eggs and agriculture are also common. Grimsey is popular among tourists who want to experience the Arctic Circle. Grimsey is served by ferry and aircraft passenger services from mainland Iceland.

The local church was constructed from driftwood in 1867 and was renovated in 1956. 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 a protective interest in the island, supporting the local economy, sending supplies and leaving money in his will, though he never visited.

In 2017, Grimsey Island was visited by a total of 29 cruise ships and by 30 during season 2018.

Grimsey Island cruise terminal

Cruise ships to Grimsey Island dock (anchor) at Grimsey - port town on the western coast.

ferry connects the island 3 days per week with mainland Iceland. The island is also served by Grímsey Airport. 

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