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Grímsey

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Home to 100 people, a million seabirds and one of the biggest puffin colonies of Iceland, Grímsey is a small island 40km off the north coast of the main island of Iceland. It is the northernmost inhabited Icelandic territory and sits on the Arctic Circle, whilst mainland Iceland lies just south of the Arctic Circle. With ferries serving the island from the town of Dalvík and flights leaving from Akureyri several times a week during the winter and daily during the summer, Grímsey Island is the ideal location for enjoying the midnight sun around the summer solstice.

Despite the island's northerly latitude, the climate tends to be mild due to the North Atlantic Current, making it similar temperatures to that of Reykjavic. With steep hills and rich vegetation of marshland, moss and grass, the island is agriculturally beautiful. The principle industrial activity of Grímsey is commercial fishing, whilst collecting seabirds' eggs is also common. The island features a church built from driftwood, a community centre and a school.

Flickr credit - John 'Pathfinder' Lester

Flickr credit - John 'Pathfinder' Lester

Flickr credit - John 'Pathfinder' Lester

Flickr credit - biologyfishman

Flickr credit - biologyfishman

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