Visit Grimsey island and hike to the real hight of the Arctic Circle

Arctic circle

The Arctic Circle is the most southern circle where the sun never sets on Midsummers night. This circle all the way in the North is also the circle, where the sun never rises in midwinter.. But, this circle is never fixed – Wikipedia tells us:

As of 16 January 2018, it runs 66°33′47.0″ north of the Equator.  Its latitude depends on the Earth’s axial tilt, which fluctuates within a margin of 2° over a 40,000-year period, due to tidal forces resulting from the orbit of the Moon. Consequently, the Arctic Circle is currently drifting northwards at a speed of about 15 metres (49 feet) per year.

The Tecla sets sail for or across the Arctic circle in several voyages each year. They differ in length and in destination.

For several years the Tecla set sail from Isafjordur, Iceland. In the first years, meanly heading to Akureyri, visiting the Arctic Circle, and heading back. Then Greenland was added. And in 2019 the Tecla made her way through the North West Passage. The furthest North so far. In the same year the Tecla made her way South, rounding Cape Horn. In 2020 we explored the Antarctic Region, then heading back North. Making 2020, the first year the Tecla sailed both the Arctic and Antarctic regions! 

The voyages to Greenland go above and beyond the Arctic Circle, these are true Arctic voyages, going above 70’N.

Arctic regions are sometimes defined by the temperature, the region where the average temperature of the warmest month is below 10’C.

Due to the severe circumstances above the Arctic Circle it is only inhabited by 4 million people, although the area north of the circle is about 20 million km2 – there is not a lot of inhabitable land.

The gulfstream brings warmer waters and thus a less harsh environment to Norway and Russia. Some bigger settlements can be found on this side of the Arctic. On the Canadian and United states side, the biggest settlements are only 4000 people.

The Tecla sets sail for Scoresbysund in Greenland. Here we anchor close to the biggest settlement of the fjord system Ittoqqortoormiit, which has about 450 inhabitants.

Tecla heading into the Scoresbysund