Information about Grimsey

Grímsey Island, roughly 5 kilometres in size, can be located off the north coast of Iceland, nestled just by the arctic circle. It is part of the Akureyri municipality, with a population of approximately 100 people living in the one settlement of Sandvík.

Culture

Grímsey’s economy has always been inherently linked to commercial fishing. The island boasts a recently renovated harbour and plentiful fishing grounds. Recently, the economy has diversified, with the advent of tourism to the island. Today, visitors will find Grímsey well equipped with modern amenities. The island enjoys an excellent school, guesthouses, cafes and a connection to Akureyri airport. 

The island biggest attraction is the enormous flock of birdlife who make Grímsey their home. Their numbers are so prevalent here for a number of reasons. First, the fisheries around the island are prospering, meaning the birds have plenty to eat. Hunting and the collecting of eggs have also been minimised in the last half century. Finally, there are no mice or rats, meaning the eggs can lay safely in the low grass. Birdwatchers here will be privy to a wide range of species, including Black-Legged Kittiwakes, Atlantic Puffins, Auks, Razorbills, Thick-Billed Murre, Northern Fulmar. The list goes on. The best season for birdwatchers to visit Grimsey is between April to August. Afterwards, the birds beginning migrating for warmer climates.

There is a small, wooden church on Grimsey (albeit, within the parish of Akureyri) that is of significant historical interest. An older church had once been constructed in the 11th century by the Icelandic Catholic bishop, Jón Ögmundsson. The newer church was built in 1867 from driftwood that had washed ashore. The church was renovated in 1932 and displays a local, century-old imitation of a Leonardo Da Vinci painting.  

Getting There 

There are a number of ways to visit Grímsey Island. Flights run from Akureyri, and there are ferry services to the island three times a week. 

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Tours near Grimsey

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Arctic Circle Express

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