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A trip to Grundarfjörður

Grundarfjörður is of the most known towns in West Iceland because of its location near the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Kirkjufell. 

The town of Grundarfjörður was initial a fishing town, the fishing industry being the main economical activity in the area. The harbour in the town was and still is one of the most important harbours in West Iceland. 

Nowadays the town is also a tourist centre in West Iceland and it has all the tourist infrastructure one need to stay one or many nights in the area. 

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Grundarfjörður, as its name says, is a little picturesque town located in Breiðafjörður in West Iceland. The main activities in the town are fishing, fish processing and tourism developed in recent years. 

The Grundarfjörður Harbour is by tradition the heart of the town. It is one of the “10 largest quota-fishery harbours in the country” according to the official website Grundarfjordur.is and at the same time the place that sustained life there in the past times. 

The harbour is also a good place to take a relaxing walk and admire the surroundings of the town. There are also some stone sculptures created by the local artist Liston you can admire too.

Photo by Marco Xu on Unsplash

There are many things to see inside the town and such picturesque towns deserve to be explored. The historical centre of the town is a gem that brings together the local culture under the same roof at Saga Center. You will find at the Saga Center the local public library, the Tourist Information Center and several photography exhibits with collections of photographs from the past everyday life of the town. Do not hesitate to visit the Saga Center, all the exhibitions are free of charge. 

In every Icelandic town, you will find a beautiful church and Grundarfjörður Church is no exception. The church in Grundarfjörður is different from what you will see here. Its design is bigger than the other churches in Iceland and the architect was Halldór Halldórsson who designed many other churches in the country. 

Inside the Grundarfjörður Church is displayed the first litho-printed copy of the Guðbrand’s Bible. 

Photo source: Grundarfjordur.is

There is no town without a swimming pool in Iceland, and Grundarfjörður town has also a swimming pool with geothermal water and breathtaking views. It is located next to the town’s campsite so if you are camping around take a relaxing bath there. 

If you are travelling with kids, close to the camping site is also a playground for children that is accessible every day during the summer holiday in July and August, the rest of the year the accessibility may vary.

If you are a fan of golf you have also a golf court in the town. Many other activities can be done in Grundarfjörður such as whale watching, horseback riding, bird watching, glacier hiking, kayaking, sea angling and many more. Snæfellsnes Peninsula offers many adventures and many beautiful places to explore. 

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After you explore the town go outside it and enjoy Icelandic nature. The famous Kirkjufell mountain awaits you to photograph it from all angles. Go visit also the Kirkjufellsfoss, a series of waterfalls at the foothill of the mountain. Read more about Kirkjufell on our blog

Many hiking trails around the town will take you to breathtaking views over the fjords. 

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In Grundarfjörður you have some restaurants to choose from as well as many accommodations to stay overnight. The views over the fjords will make you fall in love with the town of Grundarfjörður so do not skip it when you explore Snæfellsnes Peninsula. 

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