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Storyteller´s Lodge

Storyteller´s Lodge

Sæból 13

GPS Points N64° 55' 32.460" W23° 15' 42.835"
Telephone

+354 893-7714

Opening period All year

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Þórunn Hilma Svavarsdóttir
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Neðri-Hóll
  • 356 Snæfellsbær
  • 893-5240
Jokull Golf Course
Golf Courses
  • Suður-Bár
  • 351 Grundarfjörður
  • 438-6520
Sögufylgja
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Álftavatn
  • 356 Snæfellsbær
  • 848-2339
Brimhestar
Cottages
  • Brimilsvellir
  • 356 Snæfellsbær
  • 436-1533, 864-8833
Dagbjört Dúna Rúnarsdóttir
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Böðvarsholt
  • 356 Snæfellsbær
  • 867-4451
Nature
0.25 km
Grundarfjörður

Home to Mt Kirkjufell

Though Grundarfjörður is not the most well-known town in Snæfellsnes, its mountain is certainly one of the most famous mountains in Iceland, if not the world. It is not unusual for photographers from all over the world to make their way to Grundarfjörður for the sole purpose of photographing this unique landmark which has even starred in a number of films, most recently The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Once the increasing number of visitors have had their fill of Kirkjufell, they quickly discover that there is a lot more on offer in Grundarfjörður than merely magnificent mountains. Nature abounds, with vibrant birdlife, spectacular waterfalls, great hiking trails and exciting marine visitors such as seals and whales putting in an appearance every now and then. During the long summer days, there are daily boat trips where visitors can go deep sea fishing, see puffins and other beautiful birds and perhaps even catch sight of a whale or two.

Grundarfjörður is conveniently located in the middle of Snæfellsnes and provides easy access to Stykkishólmur, Snæfellsbær and the Snæfellsnes National Park. There is a great selection of accommodation available, with a high quality hotel and hostel, two guesthouses, a farm holiday guesthouse and a campsite by the swimming pool.

The swimming pool with its hot tubs is just one of a number of exciting services around the town. There is also a golf course, a family restaurant, a hotel restaurant, a coffee shop in the culture and heritage centre (where the information centre is also located), horse rentals, a pharmacy, a liquor store, a dry cleaning and laundry service and a well-stocked grocery store.

Though most visitors to Grundarfjörður arrive by road, there are also thousands that come by sea. Grundarfjörður Harbour makes every effort to make a cruise ship's visit comfortable and memorable for passengers and crew alike and as a result the number of cruise ships visits have increased from 2 in 2001 to no fewer than 18 scheduled for this summer.

During summer the town truly comes alive in a number of different ways. The local Viking Association are building up a Viking "village" in the centre of town and Viking-age re-enactments are often the highlight of the day for cruise ship passengers.

During the town festival, Á góðri stund, which is held the last weekend in July, the town literally changes colour when inhabitants and their guests decorate their houses in red, blue, yellow and green and indulge in a range of activities for all the family, from art exhibitions to fighting Vikings to concerts on the pier.

From Mt Kirkjufell to the sea, Grundarfjörður welcomes all its visitors equally. See you in summer!

Nature
11.39 km
Bjarnarfoss Waterfall

Bjarnarfoss is a majestic waterfall that falls down a basalt cliff which was formed by the now extinct volcano Maelifell. The waterfall, along with the columnar rocks around it, is on the Nature Conservation Register. A car park is near the waterfall and a good walking path. In 2018, the tourist attraction at Bjarnarfoss received the Icelandic Tourist Board´s environmental awards.

Nature
14.49 km
Berserkjahraun lava

Berserkjahraun

Nature
24.23 km
Arnarstapi

Arnarstapi was an important trading post in the past and had a much bigger population than it has now.

Columnar basalt, ravines and grottoes surround the Arnarstapi pier. There is good anchorage for small boats.

There is quite a large arctic tern colony in the village itself. A walk along the coastline is recommended to watch the birds and the magnificent lava formations. The seaside and the cliffs between Arnastapi and Hellnar have been made a Natural Reserve in 1979.

A very interesting old path follows the coastline where you can see old lending places of fishermen, lots of birds like the kittiwake, the Arctic tern and the fulmar and pass through a lavafield. If you take a guided tour, you will also hear a ghost story.

A sculpture of Bardur Snaefellsas by Ragnar Kjartansson stands by the beach at Arnarstapi.

Nature
16.71 km
Olkelda mineral spring

At the farm Olkelda, near Stadarstadur, in the south of Snaefellsnes, there is a mineral spring with carbonated water.

Mineral springs are said to have healing properties, so feel free to take a sip.

The farmhouse is named Olkelda which means mineral spring in Icelandic.

History and Culture
12.92 km
Budakirkja Church

The little black church, Budakirkja Church is located at Budir on Snaefellsnes Peninsula. People come from around the world to seal their love at the church.

Wild Life
9.55 km
Kolgrafarfjordur and Hraunsfjordur

Kolgrafarfjörður has a lot of wildlife. A large part of the black-backed gull population lives there with 38 other bird species. There are also killer whales, white-beaked dolphins and seals. Hraunsfjörður fjord come from it, long but narrow. At high tide, the flow is so great that the current resembles a rushing river

The Highlands
10.17 km
Búlandshofdi

Búlandshöfði falls steep into the sea. There you find strata from the first half of the ice age, hardened glacial rock and fossils of seashells. On top of the sea sediment with ice seashells and glacial till there is a clayey sedimentary layer with remnants of warm seashells that lava has flowed over during warm periods.

Nature
12.82 km
Budir

Budir is a popular destination. The landscape consists of golden sand beaches, rugged lava field and great vegetation and bird life. Budahraun lava is a nature reserve. The little black church, Budakirkja, is located at Budir. People come from all around the world to seal their love at the church. Visitors also have an impressive view of the breathtaking Snaefellsjokull glacier from Budir.

Nature
10.47 km
Northern Snaefellsnes

Northern Snaefellsnes

Nature
22.07 km
Ólafsvíkurenni

The mountain Enni is 418 meters high Tuya mountain. There is a hiking trail up the mountain but along you can also walk to look at Ólafsvíkurfoss waterfall. An information sign is laid out at the western entrance to Ólafsvík, from where there is a "path or old path that can be followed all the way up to the waterfall edge.

Nature
2.68 km
Kirkjufell mountain

Grundarfjörður's beautiful landmark is the most photographed mountain in Iceland. Its isolated position jutting out into the sea makes it a focal point for tourists and seamen alike.

Kirkjufell (Church Mountain) is 463 meters high and visible from all angles in town.Grundarfjörður is the ideal place to enjoy the amazing colours of the sunset behind the mountain.

History and Culture
16.96 km
Stadarstadur

Ari-the-Wise served as a priest at Stadastadur from 1067-1148. He is well-known for his Book of Icelanders, the first work of history written in Iceland.

The place is also the setting of a very known novel by the Nobel price winning Icelandic author Halldor Kiljan Laxness: "Under the glacier".

Others

Samkomuhúsið Arnarstapa
Tourist Information Centres
  • Félagsheimilið Snæfell, Arnarstapa
  • 356 Snæfellsbær
  • 435-6611, 615-1962
Krums
Crafts & Design
  • Eyrarvegur 20
  • 350 Grundarfjörður
  • 842-1307
Dagbjört Dúna Rúnarsdóttir
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Böðvarsholt
  • 356 Snæfellsbær
  • 867-4451

Others

Kjörbúðin
Cafés
  • Grundargata 38
  • 350 Grundarfjörður
  • 438-6700
Bjarnarhöfn Bistro
Restaurants
  • Bjarnarhöfn, Helgafellssveit
  • 340 Stykkishólmur
  • 438-1581
Bjargarsteinn House of Food
Restaurants
  • Sólvellir 15
  • 350 Grundarfjörður
  • 4386770
Söluskáli ÓK
Shopping
  • Ólafsbraut 27
  • 355 Ólafsvík
  • 436-1012
Samkomuhúsið Arnarstapa
Tourist Information Centres
  • Félagsheimilið Snæfell, Arnarstapa
  • 356 Snæfellsbær
  • 435-6611, 615-1962
The Grill
Diners
  • Ólafsbraut 19
  • 355 Ólafsvík
  • 436-1362
Mæstro - Street food
Diners
  • Grundargata 33
  • 350 Grundarfjörður
  • 7745534
Kaffi 59
Cafés
  • Grundargata 59
  • 350 Grundarfjörður
  • 4386959

West Iceland

Towns & Villages

The population centres in West Iceland are as varied as they are many. Ten places have over 50 residents and Akranes is the most densely populated with 6,500 inhabitants. 

All of the larger communities put ever-increasing emphasis on dynamic tourism where a wide selection of recreation and services are offered.   

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Map Hellissandur, Rif Grundarfjörður Stykkishólmur Búðardalur Dalir Arnarstapi Hellnar Snæfellsnes Bifröst Húsafell Reykholt Borgarfjörður Hvanneyri Borgarnes Hvalfjörður Akranes Ólafsvík Bjarteyjarsandur