Grundarfj÷rur town 1786-1836
Grundarfjordur was one of the first urban areas in Iceland to receive the right to do commerce in 18th of August 1786. It became a trading centre for Snaefellsnes 1786, one of six in Iceland that The King of Demark nominated. The others were ReykjavÝk, ═safj÷rur, Akureyri, Eskifj÷rur and Vestmannaeyjar.
Around 1800 Frenchmen settled in Grundarfjordur with their shipping fleet and left in 1860. They constructed a church and a hospital of their own on the townsite.
Grundarfj÷rur became a certified retail location in 1897.
Grundarfj÷rur harbour was constructed in 1942 and is considered one of the best natural harbours on the peninsula so it should not come as a surprise that the main source of income is fish and fish processing. Other services and industry are growing as well and in recent years tourism has become very important.
|A painting by Collingwood in 1897|