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.
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.
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 of 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.
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).
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