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Does the Arctic Circle pass through Iceland?

By Staff

  • Grímsey island. The Arctic Circle passes through Grímsey island, which lies 40 kilometres (25 mi) off the north coast of Iceland. Photo/Pjetur 

The mainland of Iceland is just a few degrees south of the Arctic Circle (66°30'N). The Arctic Circle does however pass through Grímsey island, which lies 40 kilometres (25 mi) off the north coast of Iceland. Grímsey is inhabited and according to Statistics Iceland, 86 souls lived there as of January 1, 2013.
Reykjavík, the capital, lies at 64°9, in southwest Iceland, on the southern shore of the Faxaflói Bay. It is the world’s northernmost capital of a sovereign state.

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