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Grundarfjordur

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.

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, information centre, 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!

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Grundarfjordur
GPS Points N64° 55' 36.542" W23° 15' 22.355"
Postal codes

350

Population

1000

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Others

Krums
Crafts & Design
  • Eyrarvegur 20
  • 350 Grundarfjörður
  • 842-1307
Vestarr Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Grundargata 84
  • 350 Grundarfjörður
  • 847-8759, 847-8759
Storyteller´s Lodge
Cultural Centres
  • Sæból 13
  • 350 Grundarfjörður
  • 893-7714

Others

Snoppa Apartment
Bed & Breakfast
  • Grundargata 18 n.h.
  • 350 Grundarfjörður
  • 897-6194, 868-5167
Setberg Travel Service
Bed & Breakfast
  • Setberg
  • 350 Grundarfjörður
  • 438-6817, 866-1077
Hálsaból Cottages
Cottages
  • Borgarbraut 6
  • 350 Grundarfjörður
  • 864-0366, 847-6606

Others

Samkaup Úrval
Cafés
  • Grundargata 38
  • 350 Grundarfjörður
  • 438-6700
59 Bistro Bar
Cafés
  • Grundargata 59
  • 350 Grundarfjörður
  • 438-6446
Nature
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. Surrounded by beaches, Kirkjufell has a lovely walking trail around it as well as a more challenging climb up to the top where bird and fish fossils can be found (guide is recommended).

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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