Excursion

Scenic Flight to Grimsey Island

People often visit Grimsey Island, the northernmost Icelandic settlement, in order to step over the Arctic Circle and receive a certificate commemorating this exciting event. This is exactly what you will be doing today with this scenic airplane adventure.

  • Code
    AKU-C
  • Level
    High
  • Walking Type
    Strenuous
  • Activity Type
    Adventures
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    Approximately 3 hours

After a 15-minute transfer from the pier, arrive at the Akureyri airport and board your plane.

Flying directly to the small isle of Grimsey, located about 25 miles from the mainland, enjoy a chance to marvel at stunning views. Depending on weather and visibility, you may gaze upon the wild mountains that rise above the Eyjafjordur fjord. As you get closer to the island, beautiful coves with basalt columns will unfold before you, as well as the steep cliffs of the east coast.

Land on the island after a flight of approximately 30 minutes and then begin your guided exploration by foot. Encounter the highlights of this delightful isle, including the remote village which, despite its small population, boasts an elementary school, a guesthouse and a swimming pool. If you are interested in selecting a memento or two of your visit, take a moment to browse the small souvenir shop in town.

You will also want to take advantage of an opportunity to do some bird watching. Large bird colonies accommodate at least 60 species of winged creatures, with no fewer than 36 species nesting here on the island. Depending on the season, you might spy kittiwakes, puffins, fulmars, guillemots and Arctic terns.

Take flight like a bird yourself as you re-board your plane for the half-hour return to the mainland and your Crystal ship.

Important Notes: 
As this excursion involves approximately one hour of walking and requires negotiating steps and gaps to embark and disembark the aircraft, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or physical limitations. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Sunglasses are recommended as strong glares may be expected during your flight. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. The operation of this excursion is dependent on prevailing weather conditions. A minimum number of booking is required for this excursion to operate. This Crystal Adventures excursion MUST be pre-reserved.