Should your ventures in Iceland take you to the Snaefellsnes peninsula odds are you will come across the small fishing town of Grundarfjordur sooner than later.
Approaching the town makes for a dramatic scene since the town boasts one of the most majestic symbols of any town in Iceland; the steep mountain of Kirkjufell.
Sadly, this beautiful first impression does not last once in the town itself. A very typical small town where the majority of roughly one thousand townspeople work in the fisheries industry although tourism is slowly gaining ground on account of whale and dolphin watching tours from here.
Seeing whales and dolphins is always worth it wherever you are but what to do afterwards becomes a problem here. Sure, you can hike all over the place and even make for Kirkjufell mountain across the small bay but that´s pretty much it.
In honesty there is a nine-hole golf course close to town and horseriding is available too. The town also boasts three small restaurants but don´t expect any Michelin stars.
Staying here can be problematic since there is but one hotel. Hotel Framnes by the harbor is a nice but small hotel but often booked to the hilt but the service is good and the views enjoyable. Also by the harbor is a small and comfortable but a bit expensive hostel, Grundarfjordur Hostel and Apartments, where even off-season rates are around 100$ / 75€. Accomodation is also found nearby town on the farm Sudur-Bar where golf, fishing and sightseeing is available. Lastly there are also beds available at the Old Post Office.
For happy campers there is a camping area in Grundarfjordur by the local swimming pool.
As for whale watching tours these are offered daily and more often during summertime. These trips also make a stop outside Melrakkaey island which is a bird sanctuary. These tours often take around three hours.
Amazingly for such a small town there is a tourist information office here. This is found by the harbor at Eyrbryggja road.
Our humble opinion
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