Grundarfoss

Grundarfjörður / Snæfellsnes Peninsula, West Region, Iceland

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1
Distant view of Grundarfoss

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INTRODUCTION

Grundarfoss was an impressive plunging waterfall near the town of Grundarfjörður. Like with our situation with Kirkjufellsfoss just a short distance to the west from here, this one looked like a real nice one to get close to in order to better appreciate its power and size. Unfortunately, in our haste not to miss our ferry to the Westfjords that morning, we couldn't chance it! And thus we ended up with another example of how haste makes waste.

Even under these circumstances, as you can see from the photos on this page, we still got beautiful views of the falls and backing mountains. And I'm sure had we been able to take more time here, we would've realized that there was an access road that would've taken us even closer to the bottom of the falls (where there might have also been a companion waterfall next to it but not visible from the angle we saw the falls from the main road).

According to my Icelandic dictionary, the word "grund" means "field" or "plain." And so that would make the name of the town suggest there was a fjord by a plain or field. Sure enough, we saw a large green pasture with cows grazing between the main road and the falls. Those cows provided a sense of scale showing how big this waterfall was.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Looking back towards the town of Grundarfjörður backed by the Kirkjufell mountainLooking back towards the town of Grundarfjörður backed by the Kirkjufell mountain
Nearby Grundarfoss was this attractive mountain of which there's no shortage of in these partsNearby Grundarfoss was this attractive mountain of which there's no shortage of in these parts
Further to the west of Grundarfoss was the attractive beach and arch formations at Djupalonssandur, which contrasted the relative calm of GrundarfjörðurFurther to the west of Grundarfoss was the attractive beach and arch formations at Djupalonssandur, which contrasted the relative calm of Grundarfjörður
Here's a contextual view of Grundarfoss and the mountains backing itHere's a contextual view of Grundarfoss and the mountains backing it

Another look at the falls dwarfing a pole and some livestockAnother look at the falls dwarfing a pole and some livestock

We saw this small waterfall somewhere near GrundarfjörðurWe saw this small waterfall somewhere near Grundarfjörður


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

We noticed this falls about 1.5km east of the town of Grundarfjörður on Route 574. It was about 4km east of Kirkjufellsfoss or 27km east of Ólafsvík. For some context, Ólafsvík was 64km (about an hour drive) west of the ferry town of Stykkishólmur, 118km (90 minutes drive) northwest of Borgarnes, and 187km (2.5 hours drive) north of Reykjavik.


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ITINERARIES

For more information about our itineraries involving this waterfall, check out the following links.




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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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