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Kirkjufellfoss | Photo by Gabriella Morton

Mt Kirkjufell, Snæfellnes Peninsula, Iceland

Kirkjufellfoss | Photo by Gabriella Morton

Kirkjufellfoss | Photo by Gabriella Morton

Perhaps the most charming mountain you will ever encounter, Mount Kirkjufell is found in the town of Grundarfjörður on the Snæfellnes Peninsula. The nearby waterfall Kirkjufellfoss adds to the enchantment, and is potentially the most photographed location in Iceland. It is probable there will be multiple photographers out with their tripod trying to get the ‘perfect shot’, but don’t let this put you off visiting as the location itself is truly extraordinary.




Kirkjufell | Photo by Gabriella Morton

Kirkjufell | Photo by Gabriella Morton

Be sure to get a new perspective, as you will see the mountain cone change shape as you move from the east to the west. The western side has a lake that is often so calm it creates a mirror like reflection! There is also a beautiful walking trail around Mt Kirkjufell (and a more demanding climb to the top) where you will see plenty of fossils and wildlife.




Kirkjufell | Photo by Gabriella Morton

Kirkjufell | Photo by Gabriella Morton

Lakes, rivers and smaller falls surround the area, so time can definitely be spent in Grundarfjörður. With a few restaurants in the area, treat yourself to a cooked meal after a full on day of adventuring! If you’re lucky enough to spend the evening here, keep an eye out for the Northern Lights… as they would absolutely top off this already astounding location.

Level: Easy
  • There is a car park at the base of Kirkjufellfoss, with a short 3 minute walk to the top
  • There are also plenty of lookout places to pull over in the town of Grundarfjörður for a view of Mount Kirkjufell
  • For adventurers of any level
  • Out of respect, be cautious not to tread on Iceland’s delicate untouched soils




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