Mount Kirkjufell

Mount Kirkjufell is the most famous landmark of Grundarfjörður. Kirkjufell means Church Mountain, referring to its majestic size, iconic shape and the freestanding form of the mountain. It is visible from all angles in town and is the ideal place to enjoy the amazing light during sunset.


Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall

Within walking distance from Kirkjufell, you find the beautiful waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss. This is a small but beautiful series of waterfalls just 2.5 kilometers west of Grundarfjörður.

Grundarfoss Waterfall

Grundarfoss is one of the highest waterfalls in the West of Iceland and very impressive to see. This waterfall falls over a wall of basalt 70 meters deep, in a single drop.

Grundarfjörður Harbor

The harbor is the district’s lifeline and one of the 10 largest quota-fishery harbors in the country. We recommend visitors to follow the footpath along the shore to enjoy the famous Mt. Kirkjufell from a different perspective and breathe the ocean air. There is an interesting information board depicting a timeline of the harbor and its functions as well as some interesting stone sculptures from local artist, Liston.


Saga Center Grundarfjörður

We highly recommend all visitors to stop at the Saga Center in the middle of the town. The building houses the tourist information, the public library, and several interesting exhibits and a photographic collection about the town in former times (! some exhibitions are closed for renovation in 2022). All exhibitions are free of charge.

Photos from the Icelandic photographer Bæring Cecilsson (1923-2002) represent the daily life in the town in the old days. There is also a replica of an old shop from the fifties and an old fishing boat on display (closed for renovation in 2022).


Grundarfjörður Church

The church in Grundarfjördur is an interesting landmark and quite big for Icelandic standards. The church was opened in 1966 and took five years to build. The architect was Halldór Halldórsson, who also designed the church in Dalvik as well as a number of other churches in Iceland. A litho-printed copy of the Guðbrand’s Bible is on display in the church. It is the first book to be printed in Iceland and one of 500 original copies.


Grundarfjörður Swimming Pool

Grundarfjörður has a lovely swimming pool next to the campsite. It is the perfect place to relax in the hot pots, experience the Icelandic tradition of bathing, and enjoy the view.


Grundarfjörður for Children

The town has a lot to offer for children and we highly recommend a stop at our wonderful playground next to the primary school. During the school year, it is accessible during the weekend and when the school is closed in the evenings. Between June and August, when the school is closed for summer holidays, you can visit the playground every day of the week. There you find also a basketball court, a soccer field and skateboard ramps. There is also a little hill for sledding fun in winter and in summer, you should not miss the trampoline.



Hiking in and around Grundarfjörður

Grundarfjörður offers many nice hiking trails and we highly recommend spending some great time outside in the mountains.

 Outdoor Activities

Outdoor enthusiasts feel at home in Grundarfjörður. A variety of recreational activities is offered in town including horseback riding, kayaking, glacier tours, whale watching, golfing, "folfing" (frisbee golf), sea angling, or bird watching by boat. 

Here is an overview of the tour operators in town:


Restaurants and Cafés in Grundarfjörður

If you are visiting Grundarfjörður, we highly recommend to visit one of the great restaurants and/or cafés in town.


Information on other services and accommodations can be found in Icelandic on our site companies in Grundarfjörður