TF/G3TXF 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.
  Many thanks to Villi TF3DX for all his help with this project !
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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