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Grims­ey – 27th August 2019

We stay for a day on Grims­ey to give the storm bet­ween Ice­land and Green­land some time to ease out. And you can obvious­ly spend a love­ly day here! The litt­le island of Grims­ey is the nor­t­hern­most inha­bi­ted part of Ice­land – only Kol­bein­sey is fur­ther north, but that is mere­ly a rock – and it is situa­ted right on the arc­tic cir­cle. The­re is a monu­ment to mark the cir­le. Unfort­u­na­te­ly the tilt of the axis of the earth has chan­ged sin­ce. Hence, the arc­tic cir­cle has moved nor­thwards. So they had to build a new monu­ment, this time in shape of a con­cre­te ball that can be moved fur­ther to the north as nee­ded. Until the nor­t­hern end of the island is rea­ched. The­re are still a few hundred met­res of land.

Gal­lery – Grims­ey – 27th August 2019

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

Thou­sands of arc­tic terns rest on the run­way of the litt­le air­field. They have to be scared away befo­re the small pla­ne can land that con­nects Grims­ey to main­land Ice­land. Out of coin­ci­dence, we hap­pen to watch this fun­ny event.

Nor­t­hern ful­mars and some kit­ti­wa­kes are still sit­ting on the cliffs. The puf­fins and guil­l­emots have alre­a­dy left.

Fresh local fish in the restau­rant near the har­bour for lunch. Love­ly.

Fresh local fish on board for din­ner. Love­ly.

By now, we have explo­red all hiking trails around Grims­ey. So tomor­row we can take off for Green­land 🙂



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last modification: 2019-08-28 · copyright: Rolf Stange