Grímsey's Place on the Arctic Circle

Grímsey’s appeal to many lies in what it represents. Tourists flock here to snap up their ‘I visited the Arctic Circle’ certificate and appreciate its windswept setting. Though the Arctic Circle is shown on maps at a fixed 66.5°, it actually moves with the wobble of the Earth's tilt (2.4° every 40,000 years). As of 2017, a 7980kg concrete sphere marks the actual spot on the island, currently about a 45-minute hike north of the airstrip. So unless you are a runner, the best way to ensure you actually get to the real Arctic Circle is by coming by boat (longer layover) or staying the night.