Birding in Iceland

Guesthouse Básar

Básar offers 18 beds in eight different rooms, either made up or for sleeping bags. Breakfast is on offer, as well as full meals if requested. The guesthouse is located next to the Arctic Circle and you only have to take three steps outside the guesthouse to cross


Guesthouse Básar


GPS Points N66° 32' 53.333" W18° 1' 15.902"


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History and Culture
3.06 km
Grímsey lighthouse

This is one of the notable buildings in Grímsey, It is 9,6 m high and built in year 1937 according to the design of the engineer Benedikt Jónasson.

The lighthouse is located on the south-east corner of the island. In the beginning it was run manually with a gas lamp which had to be turned on and off manually. Now days the lighthouse is automatic and plays an important role to the boat traffic in the surrounding waters.

The lighthouse is closed to the public but offers a good viewing point to the cliffs and birdlife at the east cost of the island as well as being a popular photo object.

Other lighthouses built according to the same plan as the Grímsey Lighthouse are Hegranesviti and Raufarhafnarviti.

History and Culture
1.89 km
Church of Grímsey

Miðgarðar is the site of the most northerly church in Iceland. It was consecrated by Bishop Jón Ögmundsson in the early 11th century and was dedicated to Ólafur the patron saint of the Nordic people. At that time two clergymen served the church, and mass was sung daily and twice on holy days.
These services have dwindled but 50 clergymen have been recorded as serving the church over the years.
The vicar of Dalvík is now in charge of the church.

Miðgarðakirkja was built from driftwood in 1867 on a site near Miðgarðar farm but was moved over by its own length in 1932 due to fire hazard and, at the same time, a choir stall and portico with a steeple were added.
The church was extensively renovated in 1932 and reconsecrated in 1956.
The altar painting is by a local artist painted in 1878 and is a copy of a work by Leonardo da Vinci.

It was granted conservation status on 1st January 1990, in accordance with the provisions of legislation on ancient buildings.


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  • Sólberg
  • 611 Grímsey
  • 467-3190, 467-3150
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  • Grímsey
  • 611 Grímsey
  • 467-3112, 898-2058
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