Grundarfjörður is a small fishing village located on the north side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland, with population a little less than 900 people. The town is beautifully located in a deep fjord surrounded with a mountain range and the sea. The town is probably most famous for the magnificent mountain Kirkjufell located near the town.
The conditions for the harbor in Grundarfjörður are very good so the town has long been important trading post and got their right to do commerce in 1786. The town began to develop as a town in the early 19th century which is rather late but that is why most of the houses are not as old as in other small towns in Iceland. Today the main employment sector is the fishing industry but the tourism has been growing fast like in other towns in Iceland last years.
The town offers a wide range of outdoor activities and the nature around the town is full of life with diverse bird life, lovely hiking trails and waterfalls. If walking near the shore don’t be surprised to see seals or whales swimming in the ocean. It is possible to go bird watching, fishing, horseback riding, skiing or hiking near the town, so something for everyone.
There is a swimming pool in the town with outdoor hot tubs and a 9 hole golf course. There is a great selection of accommodation available including a hotel, hostel, guesthouses and a campsite. Other service in town is restaurants, café, pharmacy and a grocery store.
The drive from Reykjavík to Grundarfjörður is about 2 hours and 15 minutes (170 km). Take Ring Road nr. 1 towards the town Borgarnes. Drive through Borgarnes and take road nr. 54 towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula, drive for about 40 minutes and then turn right on road nr. 56. After about 10 minutes make a left turn again on road nr. 54 and drive for about 20 minutes towards Grundarfjörður.