Grimsey Island

Grimsey island – far away in the north: the home of one hundred people – and one million seabirds. Courageous fishermen live there with their families. The island stands alone far out on the horizon, a blue cliff, surrounded by the wide Arctic Ocean, about 40 km off the north coast of Iceland; it is about 5 square kilometers in area.

The fishermen of Grimsey harvest the rich fishing banks all around the island but often venture in their small motorboats much further north on the Arctic Ocean. An endless ocean which often turns wild, with storms and frost, the waves even 15 m high. Or the polar ice may drift from the north and keep the ocean frozen all around the island. – At other times, such as during summer, the same ocean may be a shining mirror.

The islanders live in a small village by the harbour – a prosperous and fertile community.
The chorus of seabirds never stops during the 24-hour long day – there is no night in Grimsey during the summer, not until late July when twilight begins to descend around midnight. – The birds nest in the high cliffs that surround the whole island, except by the harbor.

During winter the daylight is very short; most of the sea birds stay far away, out on the open sea.

In the village, the fishermen’s families live a modern kind of life today; the island has its own school, swimming pool, shop, good harbour and airport connection.

A ferry connects Grímsey with the mainland (town Dalvik) three days a week, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays the whole year. More days offered in summer. Bookings and more info here. The sailing takes about 3 hours.

Possibility of a guided tour (1-1,5 hours) around the island in wintertime but only if arranged before the flight.

Artic Trip offers variety of tours around the island.

The restaurant “Krían” is open during summer phone +354 467 3112, during winter the restaurant is only open if pre-booked.

The grocery store  “Búðin” – open daily. Phone + 354 467-3102.

More information on Grímsey can be found here.

Daniel Smarason