Grundarfjordur is a charming village on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. It sits under Kirkjufell Mountain – the most photographed mountain in Iceland. Read all you need to know about this iconic fishing village in West Iceland!
If there ever was a good reason to establish a settlement, the picturesque mountain of Kirkjufell would be it! It rises tall out on its very own peninsula framing in the low land and gives anyone who visits impeccable views.
Grundarfjörður is a relatively small town on the Snæfellsnes peninsula with a population little under 900 people. It is a fishing town and until the tourism boom in the 21st century, the majority of all employment in town was linked to fisheries.
Today the town is commonly recognized as the town of Kirkjufell, the church mountain, which is so conveniently located right above it. The town is vibrant with colorful houses – many of them surrounded by the corrugated iron.
Many of the townsfolk are great nature lovers who love to be surrounded by the mountains, ocean and fantastic hiking and horse riding trails surrounding the settlement. There is also a fantastic golf course, Vestarr, right at the brim of the town’s border.
Grundarfjörður is located at the northern point of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, West Iceland. It is right between the towns of Stykkishólmur and Ólafsvík near the fjord, Kolgrafarfjörður. The distance between Reykjavík and Grundarfjordur is 177 kilometers or 110 miles.
GPS coordinates of Grundarfjörður: 64.9247° N, 23.2604° W
Getting to Grundarfjordur is quite an easy task but will require some driving. You can easily get to Grundarfjordur by hiring a rental car, joining one of our many tours to the place or by catching the public bus.
Driving from Reykjavík to Grundarfjordur will firstly take you along the Ring Road 1 out of Reykjavík in a northerly direction. You will pass Reykjavík’s renowned Mt. Esja, go through Hvalfjardargong, and continue following Road 1 until you reach the town of Borgarnes.
At the last roundabout, turn towards Snæfellsnes onto Road 54. You will continue on this road until you have the options to turn left for Grundarfjordur or right for Stykkisholmur (you cannot go straight). Take a left and the road will take you into Grundarfjordur!
Guesthouses, B&B and Farmstays
Camping in Grundafjörður will give you a fantastic opportunity to view the glorious Kirkjufell mountain day in and day out.
The campground is located right next to the local swimming pool and offers great wheelchair accessibility and electricity. Further information for the campground is given at the swimming pool’s reception.
Open: From the 1st of June until the 7th of October.
Address: Borgarbraut 10, Grundarfjörður.
GPS POINTS: N64° 55′ 17.494″ W23° 15′ 31.988″
Grundarfjörður is a great place to visit in winter, the mountains get covered with snow and the town somehow becomes even more peaceful and wonderful. It’s also less busy so you might even have the mountain to yourself!
Grundarfjörður, due to its size and very limited lighting, is a fabulous place to witness the Northern Lights in winter. You might have to stay a few nights to see it but when they start dancing behind Kirkjufell it will all be worth it!