The beautiful Grundarfoss & Kvernárfoss on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland

The best known waterfall in Grundarfjörður is Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall with the backdrop of the prominent mountain Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. 

But you will find 2 other lovely waterfalls close to Kverná in the outskirt of Grundarfjörður town;  Kvernárfoss waterfall and Grundarfoss waterfall.  I know that most people drive by these waterfalls, but I include them in my visit.

Kvernárfoss waterfall

The beautiful Grundarfoss & Kvernárfoss on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland

To get to one of these waterfalls, Kvernárfoss waterfall in Kverná river, you will have to walk through the horse pastures above the Kverná farm.

I have got a painting of this waterfall in my living room, which was given to my grandfather by his sisters on his 70th birthday back in 1973.  One of his sisters was living at Kverná farm and two of her sons live here now.

The beautiful Grundarfoss & Kvernárfoss on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland

I was staying at the campsite at Kverná once and got permission to go visit the waterfall, but I am sure Kristinn or Ragnar (my father's cousins) will give permission if asked. They also take people on a guided tour there and offer horseback riding and lodging.

My grandfather was raised in Grundarfjörður and we visited his home turf with him when I was little.  Later on I visited it often with my parents, so I have got fond memories and a lot of feelings for this part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula

The beautiful Grundarfoss & Kvernárfoss on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland

My grandfather moved to Reykjavík when he was in his teens, as his father drowned in the bay just outside of their home.  It was not easy for my great-grandmother, who was left alone with many children plus being pregnant at the time her husband drowned :(

Here you will see the location of Kvernárfoss waterfall on the map.  Don't confuse it with another popular waterfall by a similar name in the south, Kvernufoss waterfall!

Grundarfoss waterfall

The beautiful Grundarfoss & Kvernárfoss on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland

Another beautiful and often overlooked waterfall in Grundarfjörður is Grundarfoss waterfall.  There is a 15-minute hike up to this waterfall, a bit rocky closest to the waterfall, but nothing major. 

I have often admired this majestic waterfall from afar and sometimes hike up to it if I have enough time while travelling on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.  There is something mystical about Grundarfoss, something about the way it plummets into the gorge - to me it looks very majestic and it is well worth doing this short hike to be able to stand right next to it.

The beautiful Grundarfoss & Kvernárfoss on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-IcelandGrundarfoss waterfall is 70 meter's high and falls in the river of Grundará.  To get to Grundarfoss, pass Grundarfjörður town and Kverná farm on road 54 and turn right at the sign Grundarfoss

There you will have to open and close a gate and drive for a very short distance on a gravel road until you reach a closed off water supply area.

The beautiful Grundarfoss & Kvernárfoss on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland

Leave your car next to the closed gate and follow a path on the left side of the water supply area.  This path will take you straight up to the waterfall.

On this particular day the light was not good for taking photos, but you can see that it is a beautiful waterfall.  

The beautiful Grundarfoss & Kvernárfoss on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland

Often you can see this very mysterious waterfall from road 54 flooded in orange light - that is when I think it is the most beautiful.

Here you will see the location of Grundarfoss waterfall on the map.

You can either rent a car in Reykjavík and drive to the peninsula yourself, choose a self-drive tour or join one of the myriad of guided tours to the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

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