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Exploring the Arctic Circle - AST-EAC

Round trip to Grímsey Island with a ferry

This incredible tour allows you to make the famous Arctic Circle crossing! Experience the majestic nature and wildlife of Iceland’s northernmost point. See the adorable puffins and feel the matchless atmosphere of this secluded and beautiful place, that is famous for its many unique local traditions. If you like unique experiences in natural wildernesses that are situated off-the-beaten-track, then this tour is the perfect one for you.


Duration: 10 hours

Pick-up: 09:00

Available: May-September

Age limit: No age limit

Difficulty: Easy

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    Tour Highlights:
  • Round trip to Grímsey Island with the ferry
  • A visit to one of the best bird watching areas in Iceland
  • Experience the local island life

Included: Round trip to Grímsey Island with the ferry

Optional extra: Guided tour around the island, a light lunch & certificate that you crossed the Arctic Circle

What to bring: Dress in layers. Wear good and comfortable waterproof hiking boots and have a waterproof shell with you. If you are not choosing the optional guided tour, bring your own lunch and snacks for the day.

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8 000 per adult

Youth (7-15): 4 000

Children (0-6): 0

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Tour Description

This incredible tour allows you to make the famous Arctic Circle crossing, on a comfortable ferry that takes us to Grimsey Island, a renowned birdwatching paradise that is especially famous for adorable puffins that nest in its cliffs.

Grímsey is a secluded and beautiful place, that is famous for its many unique local traditions and the majestic nature and wildlife that it plays host to. The island is defined by the many seabirds that live on it, with 1,000,000 seabirds and just 100 people. If you like unique experiences in natural wildernesses that are situated off-the-beaten-track, then this tour is the perfect one for you.

Standard tour

The standard version of the tour departs from Dalvik at 9:00, when we make the three-hour ferry crossing to Grimsey Island, which arrives at around 12:00. Once we arrive there you can either choose to go off and explore the island by yourself or join our expertly guided local tour (optional extra not included in fee). The ferry will then depart from Grimsey at 17:00 (16:00 on Sundays).

Guided tour (Optional extra)

The guided tour begins, when one of our professionally trained local guides meets us when we get off the ferry and take us to have a traditional local lunch in the main part of the town. Then we will head out for a journey of exploration where we can enjoy some of the island’s unique local culture and see the many amazing bird species that make it famous.

The highlight of the day is probably the puffin nesting grounds, where the adorable birds tend to their chicks, alongside many other incredible seabirds. Our expert guide will teach us all about the unique features of these incredible birds, such as the fact that they mate for life and spend the majority of their time at sea.

Our guide will also tell us all about the unique culture of Grimsey itself and we will gain a fascinating insight into what life on the other side of the Arctic Circle is like. The tour will end with another light refreshment and we will provide you with an official certificate that states you have crossed the Arctic Circle. If you want to see amazing seabirds on an untouched natural wonder, then this tour is ideal for you.

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