Fly across the Artic Circle to the wee island of Grimsey to explore this northernmost inhabited part of Iceland, where fishing serves as the primary livelihood.
Depart from the pier it's a short transfer to the Akureyri airport, where you'll board a flight to Grimsey Island, just a half-hour away. Upon landing, you'll enjoy a walking tour of this rather isolated community of about 100 people and the occasional polar bear that swims ashore from a drifting ice floe.
Grimsey was once larger, but over the centuries large portions of it have tumbled into the sea, leaving sheer cliffs on almost all sides of the island. Each summer, the most intrepid of the townspeople rappel down the cliffs to collect bird eggs, a local delicacy. The remainder of the year, Grimsey's inhabitants primarily consume locally caught seafood, whatever produce can be grown in the stingy soil, and imported goods that arrive by air and ferry.
It's a wonderfully unique lifestyle that you'll observe firsthand by interacting with the locals while wandering about the few streets. You may see Grimsey's signature lighthouse, the church built with driftwood, and colonies of seabirds like puffins along the cliffs. While Grimsey has been mentioned in Icelandic sagas, it gained its greatest notoriety in the late 19th century for the residents' prowess at chess. Curiously, their passion for the game was funded by American Willard Fiske, a wealthy librarian by inheritance who wrote several scholarly volumes on chess. He was also considered an authority on Icelandic culture.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking. There are some uneven, rough and gravel surfaces on the island. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Warm, weather appropriate clothing that should include a water/wind proof jacket; cap; sunglasses; and comfortable, flat walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended.