Reservations 877·97·CRAFT  (877·972·7238)

Grundarfjordur, Iceland

This small fishing village is home to fewer than 1,000 inhabitants and the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Mount Kirkjufell. What makes this mountain so beautiful is its unique shape combined with its position to the sea. Standing at only 463 meters above the sea, this dramatic mountain and the range around it, called Helgrindur (Gates of Hell), are flanked by beautiful waterfalls within the port's walking distance. This small volcanic system consists of a chain of small cylinder-shaped cones making it very photogenic.


This port is the perfect gateway for cruise ship passengers visiting the natural splendors of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. The residents here are friendly, and a local youth group always puts on an interactive performance to make visitors feel welcome.


Ship Location

Ships drop anchor offshore and tender passengers to a central location.


Getting Around

Local tours, boating excursions, and hiking trips are how most visitors explore this area's natural splendor.



Visitors have several options to explore the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Diverse landscapes are found here, with stunning sea views surrounded by rugged peaks, a majestic glacier, and waterfalls.


There are several places here of historical and cultural interest, including the Vatnshellir Cave, a Heritage Centre, Norwegian House, and a range of eco-adventures. This area is unique because of its geology, folklore, and ecology.


Tours here include visits to Snæfellsjökull National Park, Bjarnarhöfn Shark Curing Farm, village walks, and wildlife spotting. Puffins, whales, and many seabirds call this place home, making it pure heaven for those who enjoy spotting marine mammals and birdwatching. Take a tour on a traditional oak schooner to the protected island of Melrakkaey, where visitors can see hundreds of nesting Puffins. In addition to excellent birding, waterfalls, and stunning mountain views, this area is considered to be the best for spotting Orca whales.


Staying in Touch

 Internet is sparse here but can be found in local restaurants, cafes, hotels and hostels.