Arctic Circle Extension

Exploring Iceland's Grimsey Island

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $495  
Length: 2 days
Arrive: Akureyri, Iceland
Depart: Akureyri, Iceland
Lodging: 1 night hotel
Meals: Breakfasts included
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: Nature walks

Our Trips using this Extension

Northern Iceland Expedition

Choosing the Right Trip

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Step foot across the Arctic Circle (66º 33') on Grímsey, an island off the north coast of Iceland. Grimsey features 300-foot-high sea cliffs where about sixty species of birds nest, including vast colonies of the beautiful puffin. It is also the northernmost inhabited part of Iceland with a population of about 100.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

After our farewell lunch (Day 8 of our Northern Iceland Expedition), the balance of day is free to explore Akureyri. Dinner on your own. Overnight at hotel in Akureyri...BL

Day 2
Grimsey Island / Arctic Circle

From Akureyri we fly out along Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður, a 36-mile-long fjord with beautiful mountain scenery. A chorus of seabirds greets us upon arrival on Grimsey Island, and we walk to the island’s village with a local guide, explore the magnificent bird cliffs, and see where a signpost marks the Arctic Circle (travelers get a certificate for crossing the circle). We fly back to Akureyri and depart on homeward-bound flights in the afternoon...B
Duration: 2.5 hours (2x25-minute flights, 1.5-hour stop on Grímsey)

Extension Cost

Prices are for 2016
$495 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $110

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:

  • Overnight at Hotel Kea in Akureyri on Day 1
  • Breakfasts included
  • Scenic round-trip flight from Akureyri to Grimsey Island
  • Sightseeing as noted

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

Airport departure taxes, airport transfers, optional tipping or gratuities to staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Hotel Kea

Akureyri, Iceland

The 104-room Hotel Kea enjoys a central location in the town of Akureyri, close to the harbor, shopping, and restaurants. Guest rooms are on the small side, but are bright and airy with all the amenities; many offer views of the fjord. There’s free WiFi in the public areas.

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.