Grundarfjarðarbær

Grundarfjörður is a growing seaside town in the north of Snæfellsnes, surrounded by high and magnificent mountains, especially the unusual Kirkjufell which is in the foreground. Its geology is unusual and varied with an extinct volcanic zone running through the middle of it. The climate in Grundarfjörður is known for its periods of excellent weather dotted with the famous strong winds from the south. The Saga of Eyrbyggjar is named after the area which used to be called Eyrarsveit. This name came from the Öndverðareyri sandbank where you can still see the ruins of a Viking lodge from the time of settlement.

In past centuries Grundarfjörður has played a fundamental role in the country’s fishing industry because of its location in the middle of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, and its particularly good natural harbour. The first foreign salt fish (bacalao) producer, French boat owner Sylvain Allenou, based himself in Grundarfjörður. French fishermen lived for a while at Grundarkampur. The important past history of the French in Grundarfjörður has led to the town’s pairing with the French town of Paimpol.

Although Grundarfjörður bases its economy on fishing, you will be able to find a variety of leisure activities, guesthouses, organized sightseeing trips, shopping and other services. Cultural and social life flourishes in Grundarfjörður and music plays an important role in the life of the townspeople. In Grundarfjörður the visitor finds a good balance between nature and culture.

 Walking paths

Kirkjufell

The symbol of Grundarfjörður, rising 463 metres above sea level. It is believed by many to be the most beautiful mountain in Iceland. When climbing it one should always be accompanied by an experienced mountain guide. You can hike around the base of the mountain, a path that offers amazing views and varied bird life. This hike is perfect for families, and takes around three hours at a leisurely pace.

Klakkur Mountain

On the eastern side of the fjord. Klakkur is the highest peak, 380 metres high, and on its western side is a bowl with a pond at the base. A folk tale claims that wishing stones appear at the surface of the pond on Midsummer’s Night. An interesting walk is towards Klakkshaus, to the west and the furthest point from Grundarfjörður, with its fine view over Breiðafjörður bay. The hike up Klakkur is of medium difficulty and takes around three hours with a break.

Eyrarfjall Mountain

In the Framsveit area near the golf course. An easy walk for most people. It is a 352 metre high mountain and you can follow a sheep trail. The views are magnificent and you can even spot Snæfellsjokull glacier on a clear day.






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