What makes this worthwhile as a daytrip?
Since you're posting this in the Grimsey Island forum I assume you are asking what makes a daytrip to there worthwhile. Grimsey Island is the only place in Iceland where you can cross the Arctic Circle, something that fascinates some people. Others might feel indifferent about it. You can get a certificate that states that you have crossed the line, perhaps you'd like to brag about it to your friends ;)
This is a place that can give you the feeling that you are somewhere very remote (and you are).
Plenty of birds (including puffins and various sea birds), perfect for birdwatchers. The spring and summer months are the best for this purpose.
During the summer you can have a meal at the Krían restaurant.
Boat trips around the island can be arranged.
If crossing the Arctic Circle fascinates you then you should consider this trip. If not...well then I think your time could be better spend somewhere else.
Well you've either had the experience or not.
We flew to Grimsey from Akureyri and it was worth it for us due to the small plane we flew in. We were there for 1.5 hours, so not all day.
The island is an island and nothing much seemed open, but we only went to go to the Arctic Circle and get our certificates : ) we also have some mascot monkeys who come on holidays with us and yes, they are now Arctic Monkeys!
Husband got buzzed and pecked by an Arctic Tern (sorry if it was another sort of bird for those of you who know about such things) and it wasn't even nesting time, so suggest wearing a hat to protect the head.Edited: 24 June 2013, 15:21
From what I hear, there isn't much bird life from Sept?
That suits well for some. Having no pesty Arctic Terns pecking your head while walking around. ;-)
For those curious. It doesn't need to be nesting season for one to get pecked in the head. Arctic Terns are very territorial, so if you're walking on their turf you get pecked !
If the weather is clear, the flights from Reykjavik to Akureyri, and then to Grimsey in a puddle jumper are spectacular. And a bit costly. But if you an afford it, crossing the Arctic Circle is the least of the pleasures of Grimsey. The hike around the island is just wonderful, with spectacular views of the cliffs and ocean, plus warm greetings from gentle Icelandic horses. Do follow the paths and DO wear a hat! There is only one restaurant/bar but it is excellent and reasonably priced. I had home-made mushroom soup and bread with lots of butter. Yum. I asked for a Brennivin. "Ah! You have discovered the only bar in Iceland that has no Brennivin!" I was told by the owner. But not to worry; they usually have it :-) The people of Grimsey are just lovely and open to conversation. If you have time, I would strongly recommend taking the ferry from Dalvik. See www.landflutningar.is/saefari/english for the schedule. You can return the same day or enjoy this blissfully remote island and its welcoming people overnight.