Visiting Grundafjordur on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

January 25, 2013 by

Day Trips, Eating & Restaurants, Hotels & Lodging, Suggested Itineraries

Grundafjordur is a town located on the 90-kilometer long Snaefellsnes Peninsula, northwest of Reykjavik. The peninsula is often called “Iceland in miniature” because in its small area you can see just about every landscape represented elsewhere in the country. In an afternoon’s drive around you’ll see glaciers, waterfalls, rocky coastlines, rolling hills, black sand beaches, a giant glacier, and tiny fishing villages. There are several towns to choose from on the peninsula, but Grundafjordur is a great option because it’s not so minuscule there’s nothing to do, yet it still has a remote feel to it.

Grundafjordur in the distance photo courtesy of David Barrena on Flickr

Grundafjordur in the distance photo courtesy of David Barrena on Flickr

Driving towards the town, the brightly-colored houses reflected off the clear water of the fjord, a green mountain rising behind them, is quite striking. The town itself is only a small collection of streets, a small harbor, and a handful of house with children playing in the front yards, which makes it very different from visiting Reykjavik.

After visiting Grundafjordur, you can drive around the peninsula, drive to the Snaefellsnes glacier, go whale watching from Olafsvik, or book an excursion to go cave exploring, horseback riding, snowmobiling or hiking, golfing, or fly-fishing.  Your best best for stocking up for self-catering is to head to the grocery store in Grundarfjordur or Stykkisholmur, two of the larger towns. There are a few hotels in town, as well as a hostel that offers private rooms and kitchen access for those on a budget. Services in town, as in most small towns you see when traveling in Iceland, are very limited. There’s a small grocery store, a gas station convenience store, and a Vinbudin liquor store (open for one hour on weekdays, two on Saturdays).

Dining options are similarly limited. Kaffi 59 offers moderately-priced pizza and burgers while down by the harbor, the restaurant at Hotel Framnes offers modern Icelandic cuisine with a focus on fresh seafood and local lamb.

Katie Hammel

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