|IOTA Contest DX-pedition to Grímsey Island EU-168 on the Arctic Circle, off the north coast of Iceland. 26-27 July 2014 : Operators : Nigel G3TXF and Ian G3WVG.
|Grímsey Island at 66º 33' N and 18º 00 'W is right on the Arctic Circle and is one of several islands that count for IOTA EU-168.
|Ian G3WVG shows the location of the tiny island of Grímsey off the north coast of Iceland. The map also shows Akureyri in the north.
|Billi TF5B meets us in Akureyri, the northern capital of Iceland, and drives us to Dalvik from where the ferry sails to Grímsey.
|Callsign car number plates are available in Iceland. TF5 is the northern region of Icelend, centered on Akureyri.
|Although the original plan had been to fly from Akureyri to Grímsey this was not possible because of maintenance work at the airport.
|The ferry [TFOG] from Dalvík to Grímsey takes about three hours. Part of the voyage is through Iceland's longest fjord: Eyjafjörður.
|Dalvík is the small fishing village from where the ferry to Grímsey departs three or four times a week.
|Soon after leaving Dalvík, the ferry passes close to Hrísey which is another Icelandic coastal island that also counts for IOTA EU-168.
|Nigel G3TXF and Ian G3WVG near the end of the three hour ferry crossing with the island of Grímsey in the background.
|The small harbour on Grímsey with mainland of the north coast of Iceland visible in the distance.
|20m vertical dipole: 20m was the "power band" for this 2014 IOTA Contest operation.
|The Arctic Circle [66.6 N] passes through Grímsey and is marked by this signpost.
|80m inverted-L in the foreground with 20m vertical dipole in the background.
|40m vertical with 18 ground-wire radials. A couple of hours was spent running stations on 40m during the "night".
|During the small hours there was no darkness, only twilight as the northerly sun briefly dipped below the horizon.
|Ian G3WVG operated mostly on 20m [CW+SSB] during the IOTA Contest, with a short session on 80m during the small hours.
|Nigel G3TXF spent most of the contest chasing mults on 40m, 15m and 10m. Hard work as our Arctic signal was usually weak!
|Grímsey is a bird-watchers paradise. There were many Arctic terns..
|...and puffins on the island.
|The runway can be seen on this map of Grímsey. Our QTH (Básar) was at the northern end of the runway and right next to the airport.
|The yellow lighthouse on the southern tip of Grímsey as seen soon after take-off on the the way back to Akureyri.
|Returning on the Twin Otter (TF-NLD) flight from Grímsey to Akureyri we see magnificent views of the north coast of Iceland
|Arriving back by plane into Akureyri from where we had left a few days earlier to travel to Dalvík to take the ferry to Grímsey island.
|Ian G3WVG onboard the Norlandair Twin Otter (TF-NLD) en route from Grímsey Island back to Akureyri in northern Iceland.
|Nigel G3TXF on the short flight between Grímsey and Akureyri. We then flew from Akureyri to the domestic airport in Reykjavik.
|On arrival back at Reykjavik airport we were met by three Icelandic DXers: Villi TF3DX, Oskar TF3DC and Bjarni TF3GB.
|Villi TF3DX with his TF3DX/m shack with Bjarni TF3GB, Oskar TF3DC, Ian G3WVG at Reykjavik domestic airport.
|Villi TF3DX works most of his DX from his impressive mobile set up. TF3DX/m often operates from right by the sea near Reykjavik.
|Oskar TF3DC, Villi TF3DX and Bjarni TF3GB with Bjarni's callsign number-plate outside a restaurant near Reykjavik airport.
|Lighthouse on Grímsey island.
|Small harbour, runway and airport on Grímsey island
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