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Arctic Trip

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MeghannLL wrote a review Mar 2020
Toronto, Canada11 contributions
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My 8-year-old daughter and I recently went on the winter day trip tour to Grimsey Island with Halla from Arctic Trip as our guide. She was awesome and made us feel so welcome and comfortable on our tour! She encouraged us to look for dolphins just after our departure and what a show we witnessed! We saw many, many dolphins playing in the water and jumping in the wake of the ferry! It was so amazing to see that with my girl :) Due to precautions with the Covid-19 virus, we were not able to do all things normally done on the tour but we were okay with this. We had the entire lounge to ourselves on the ferry! Halla gave us chocolate treats and made us a grilled cheese sandwich with coffee/hot chocolate. She really went above and beyond and I am very appreciative of her hospitality. We crossed the Arctic Circle and received a certificate. This was awesome. It was great to learn about the history of the island and the locals. What a magical place. We will definitely return some day and spend some a few days there. Thanks Halla!!! You're the best! *Note: my girl and I were fine on the ferry ride but we normally do not have seasickness when travelling by boat. Having said that, it is not for the faint of heart!!!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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gillian m wrote a review Mar 2020
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During our trip to the North of Iceland we decided we would take the ferry from Dalvik to Grimsey. The water was very choppy because of the time of year but our guide Halla couldn't have done more to help us. When we arrived on the island it looked beautiful covered in a blanket of snow. We were driven around by Halla and her nephew and given a tour of the whole island and even got to meet the sheep! It was a wonderful insight into how small islands function. Tourism is vital to communities like this and we'd urge anyone to visit when in the area. We had a great day there, with wonderful hospitality and we'll definitely be back again in the summer to see the puffins and the whales.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Cindy N wrote a review Dec 2019
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We had the opportunity to book this excursion while on our cruise. We loved it. Flew over in an 18 seat plane and were greeted by our tour guide Gaga at the airport. She took us to part of the island and walked us back to the town, explaining about their culture, home life and their fishing industry. We also saw the Orb from a distance, as we didn't have enough time to hike to it. We also saw Arctic Terns and Puffins nesting along the cliffs and a few pretty up close. There are a few small guest houses, a post office thast receives mail 3 times a week and a small gift shop/coffee shop. There are currently only 62 people living on this island. We were happy to experience this. One more check off my bvucket list, to cross the Arctic Circle!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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ccalvillo8 wrote a review Oct 2019
67 contributions19 helpful votes
I absolutely loved my experience in Grimsey Island, the boat ride was a bit rough but loved the experience. 9+ foot waves, the cold freezing rain, it gave it an end of the world type of vibe. LOVED IT! lol The Island itself is very small, the locals are friendly and very nice. So nice one guy gave me a ride so I wont miss my boat ride back to Dalvik Iceland. I recommend anyone going here, I believe my ticket was only $45 usd per adult, and worth every penny.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Sarah wrote a review Oct 2019
Fort Saskatchewan, Canada232 contributions35 helpful votes
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We came to Grimsey for one main reason. The Arctic Circle. (Puffins were a fun bonus) The hike had a surprising amount of elevation gain. It wasn’t a mountain but it was steeper then I was expecting it to be. I knew where I wanted to go, but not really how to get there. The hike to the Arctic circle is certainly lacking in signs. On important note is there are two markers. One that’s no longer valid by the airport, and a new one on the tip of the island. (The Arctic circle moves every year.) We wanted the monument to ourselves for photos and enjoyment so as soon as the ferry docked, we immediately started for the Arctic. We knew we’d have time for puffin photos on the way back. But we successfully had the area to ourselves for a good half an hour. We were leaving when the next person came over the hill. The Arctic circle is marked by a giant concrete ball. I packed a bottle of champagne all the way from the airport, just so I could stand on the edge of the island in the Arctic and drink champagne. 100% worth it to me. :-) if you want a drink or a picnic in the circle, you’ll have to bring it all with you. There is literally just the monument in a field.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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