Grundarfjordur / Snaefellsnes, West Region (Vesturland), Iceland

About Kirkjufellsfoss

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2007-06-24
Date last visited: 2007-06-24

Waterfall Latitude: 64.92615
Waterfall Longitude: -23.31113

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Kirkjufellsfoss (“Church Mountain Falls”) was a short but very well-situated waterfall near the distinctive Kirkjufell mountain on the north side of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

We happened to see this waterfall while we were rushing to catch our ferry ride in Stykkisholmur from Ólafsvík.

Kirkjufellsfoss_016_06232007 - Frontal view of Kirkjufellsfoss
Frontal view of Kirkjufellsfoss

I’m sure it would’ve been nice to chill out a bit longer and experience this falls in other ways, but because time was of the essence, we couldn’t linger.

I found this waterfall particularly attractive given the reflections in the inlet the morning that we showed up.

So as we were conflicted with staying or rushing to ensure we’d meet our ferry in time (or risk missing it completely and have to wait until late afternoon), we opted to stay just long enough to get the photos you see on this page.

The Iconic Shot of Kirkjufellsfoss

I kind of suspected that we might regret only spending a moment at Kirkjufellsfoss given our upcoming ferry departure.

And sure enough, I noticed pictures in the literature demonstrating that we could’ve seen this falls together with the Krikjufell mountain as we would look towards the fjord.

Kirkjufellsfoss_012_06232007 - This was the mountain Kirkjufell, which could have been the subject backing Kirkjufellsfoss for that iconic shot (often with the morning lights)
This was the mountain Kirkjufell, which could have been the subject backing Kirkjufellsfoss for that iconic shot (often with the morning lights)

This kind of photo even appeared on ESPN’s Sportcenter one night when the Icelandic soccer team was doing well in Euro 2016!

Anyways, in order to get this shot, we could’ve taken one of the side roads that would’ve led us right to the bridge above the waterfall.

Maybe one of these days, we’ll come back here and give it the attention and experience that we should have given it in the first place!


Kirkjufellsfoss resides in the West Region near Stykkishólmur, Iceland. It is administered by the municipality of Snæfellsbær. For information or inquiries about the general area as well as current conditions, you may want to try visiting their website.

Kirkjufellsfoss_002_06232007 - Contextual look towards Kirkjufellsfoss from across a calm inlet providing gorgeous reflections of both the falls and the mountains behind it
Kirkjufellsfoss_003_06232007 - Another look at the reflections at Kirkjufellsfoss
Grundarfjordur_001_06242007 - A different look at Kirkjufell from the nearby town of Grundarfjörður

We found this waterfall about 23km east of Ólafsvík along Route 54.

I believe there were a handful of roadside pullouts we were able to take advantage of, but as mentioned before there was also a turnoff onto a looping road leading even closer to the falls (which we didn’t take due to time constraints).

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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