Information about Grundarfjörður

Grundarfjörður is a small town found on the north coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the west of Iceland.

The town has an approximate population of 872 people and has been twinned with the French town Paimpol since 2004. The town’s main industries lie in fishing and fish processing. Grundarfjörður also bears host to substantial ship traffic, a consequence of’ the settlement’s natural harbour.

Grundarfjörður boasts a public library, a historical centre, a resident’s café and a photography exhibition, Bæringsstofa, a collection of pictures by the late Icelandic photographer and honorary citizen of Grundarfjörður, Bærings Cecilsson. Asides from accommodation and amenities, Grundarfjörður offers the opportunity to partake in numerous outdoor activities, ranging from horseback riding and camping to ice-climbing. One can also find a nine-hole golf course beside the town.

Kirkjufell Mountain

Visitors to Grundarfjörður will likely visit the town’s main landmark, the photogenic Kirkjufell (“Church Mountain”). Clearly distinguishable from its dramatic slopes, steeple-like peak and surrounding shorelines, Kirkjufell is both one of the most beautiful and photographed mountains found in Iceland. Besides the mountain itself, one can find Kirkjufellsfoss (“Church Mountain Falls”), a beautiful three-pronged waterfall.

Folklore & History 

Nearby, one can find the town and municipality of Stykkishólmur (population: 1195), a centre of commerce and services for the region. The road from Grundarfjörður to Stykkishólmur crosses a wide lava field known as Berserkjahraun. The name of this lava field is derived from the Eyrbyggja saga, in which it said two berserkers (Viking Warriors) were slaughtered by their master because one of them fell madly in love with own daughter.

Grundarfjörður is an important historical town in Iceland, having been a centre of trade for the Snæfellsnes Peninsula since at least the 15th century. The town was certified official as one the country’s six designated marketplaces in the year 1786. There are a number of antiquity sites around the town, however, that point to the region being well-inhabited as far back as the Viking era.


Header Photo: Wikimedia. Creative Commons. Chensiyuan 

Services near Grundarfjörður

All services in 50km radius

Attractions nearby Grundarfjörður

Kirkjufell

Kirkjufell, or Church Mountain, is a distinctly shaped peak found on the north shore of Iceland’s Snæfellsnes Peninsula, only a short di...

View

Melrakkaey

Melrakkaey ("Fox Island") is a small island found at the mouth of Grundarfjörður. Melrakkaey was protected in 1972 and today, onl...

View

Bjarnarhöfn

Bjarnarhofn is a farmstead on the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Many notable Icelanders lived here. Bjarnarhofn's church and shark museum are listed as ...

View

Búðir

Búðir is a small hamlet in the municipality of Snæfellsbær on the westernmost tip of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The ha...

View

Berserkjahraun

Berserkjahraun is a 4000-year-old lava field situated on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It covers the western part of Helgafell, between Stykkish&oa...

View

Ytri Tunga Beach

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by pjt56. Ytri Tunga is a beach by a farm of the same name on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Alongside ...

View

Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum

Photo above from Wikimedia, Creative Commons, by Xfigpower The Bjarnahöfn Shark Museum is a fascinating exhibition on the processing of traditio...

View

Ölkelda

  Olkelda is a farm in the south of Snaefellsnes, taking its name from a renowned mineral spring close by. The pristine mineral spring by the O...

View

Ólafsvík

Olafsvik is a fishing town of just over a 1000 people, located on the west side of the Snaefellsnes peninsula.  Economy and services Olafsvik h...

View

Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge

Wikimedia. Creative Commons. Emstrur.  Rauðfeldsgjá ("Red Mountain Rift") is a narrow gorge on the east side of the mountai...

View

Gatklettur

Gatklettur ("Hellnar Arch") is a famous, naturally formed stone arch found between the villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar on the Snæ...

View

Arnarstapi

  Arnarstapi is a village in the southern part of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. The area has several old and charming houses with interesting stor...

View

Sönghellir Cave

Sönghellir, or 'Song Cave', is a cave on the Snæfellsnes peninsula famed for its echoing quality. The acoustics inside have a magic...

View

Hellnar

  Hellnar is an old fishing village on the westernmost part of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. It used to be one of the largest fishing stations of ...

View

Snæfellsjökull

Snæfellsjökull (1446 m) is a glacier-capped volcano found on the tip of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland, in one of the co...

View

Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnes is a large peninsula extending from West Iceland, often nicknamed ‘Iceland in Miniature’ due to its wealth and diversi...

View

Hellissandur

Photo above from Wikimedia, Creative Commons, by Chensiyuan Hellissandur is a village dating back to the 16th Century, found on the northwesternmost ...

View

Stykkishólmur

Stykkisholmur is a town of about 1100 people in Snaefellsnes. It is a center of service and commerce in the area and the ferry Baldur sails fro...

View

Höfði

Hofdi is a building in north Reykjavik, most famous for being the meeting point of then-presidents Ronald Reagan of the United States and Mikhail Gorb...

View

Saxhóll

 Wikimedia. Creative Commons. Credit: Diego Delso.  Saxhóll is one of the most popular craters on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, f...

View

Tours near Grundarfjörður

6 Day Summer Package with Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Join this tour to see all the best Iceland has to offer in summer! The Blue Lagoon and the......

View

8 Day Winter Wonderland | National Parks & Ice Cave

Take home unforgettable precious memories from a complete tour of Iceland, from North to South,......

View

9 Day Winter Itinerary | The Complete Iceland Experience

Reserve this 9-day package tour to experience all the best attractions Iceland has to offer in......

View

Snaefellsnes Peninsula Tour

Get ready to behold a selection of the versatile wonders of authentic Icelandic nature, all in......

View

Discount Tour Combo | Snaefellsnes, Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon & Jokulsarlon

Embark on the ultimate Icelandic excursion with this three-day tour combo of all the main......

View

Snaefellsnes | Local dinner included

Jump aboard and explore many of Iceland's most stunning natural attractions with this immersive......

View

13 Day Self Drive Tour | Ring Road with Snaefellsnes & Westfjords

Jump behind the wheel for this 13-day, self-drive tour around Iceland! You will get to see......

View

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Borgarnes Town | Day Tour

See many of Iceland’s features in one day of sightseeing, with this tour of the Snæfellsnes......

View

Summer 8 Day Self Drive Tour | Westfjords & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Drive Iceland's most remote and rural areas on this incredible eight-day tour. You'll see a......

View

Puffin Watching Tour from Snaefellsnes Peninsula

See the country’s most adorable creature, the North Atlantic Puffin, as you cruise Breiðafjörður......

View

10 Day Summer Self-Drive | Off-the-Beaten-Path in Snaefellsnes, Westfjords & Flatey Island

Travel into the undisturbed nature and visit lonely fjords, turf houses, hot springs, remote......

View

Snaefellsnes Peninsula Super Jeep Tour | Stykkisholmur, Mt Kirkjufell, Snaefellsjokull Glacier

Explore the incredible Snæfellsnes Peninsula on this fantastic Super Jeep tour. With its diverse......

View

The Wonders of Snaefellsnes | Private Day Tour

Gather up your favourite people and join this private tour of the magical Snæfellsnes......

View

Small Group Minibus Tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Hop aboard a minibus and let an experienced guide take you around the magical Snæfellsnes......

View

Snaefellsnes Peninsula | Day Tour with a Home-Cooked Meal

Spend the day discovering the wonders of Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the home of cascading......

View

Kayaking Under Mt. Kirkjufell | Midnight Sun Adventure

Experience the very best of the Midnight Sun partaking in a kayaking tour beneath Iceland’s most......

View

Snaefellsnes Sea-angling and Birdwatching

Come aboard a traditional oak schooner and embark on a voyage of Breiðafjörður Bay. Experience......

View

9-Day Winter Photography Workshop | North Iceland

Sharpen your skills and capture unreal landscapes on this nine-day winter photo workshop. You'll......

View