Grundarfoss – A Mesmerizing Waterfall in Snæfellsnes Peninsula


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Grundarfoss is a scenic waterfall located in the outskirts of Grundarfjörður town in Snæfellsnes Peninsula. A marvel on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, Grundarfoss is a majestic waterfall that would stun you with its rich locales. ‘Grund’ translates to “field” or “plain” in English. This is probably because when looked at from a distance, the waterfall seems to be located in a vast field against the backdrop of mountains. The height of the waterfall is 70 meters high and it cascades into the river Grundará. This explains the name of the waterfall being borrowed from the river. The origin of the Grundará is based in the mountains where the melting water from the Rauðakúlur provides for the flow of the river.

Grundarfoss waterfall is still considered one of the less-known treasures of the country. Globetrotters, who love to experience the magical air of waterfalls, can make their way to Grundarfoss.

You can reach the waterfall after hiking for a few meters, covered in 15 minutes. Experiencing the clear blue waters amidst the amazing scenery can be blissful. Admiring distant ranges and horizons from the Grundarfoss waterfall can truly fill you with energy.

Grundarfoss waterfall in Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Getting to Grundarfoss Waterfall

From road 1, you have to drive towards Búðardalur which is road 59. Then, you have to keep driving to Grundarfjörður (road 60>54). You will have to cross the town Grundarfjörður to get to the waterfall. Pass Kverná farm on road 54 and turn towards the right at the sign Grundarfoss.

There is an entry gate from which you have to drive for quite a short distance on the dirt road until you get close to the water supply area. Please take care to close the gate after you.

Park your car adjacent to the closed gate of the water supply area. Follow the trail on the left of the supply area. This lead will take you straight up to the waterfall.

To get a wholesome experience of the waterfall, visit on a bright and clear summer day. You will be able to spend more time at the waterfall as the summer days are long. Also, you can grab good shots in the bright light of the sun. Set in the middle of the rich green vegetation, the waterfall will surely captivate you with the surrounding scenes. On clear days, you can see the waterfall from road 54, bathed in the orange light. That is a worthwhile scene to experience.

a horse standing in front of Grundarfoss waterfall next to Grundarfjordur village in Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Exploring the Vicinity

You can spend the entire day in the area. There is another beautiful waterfall around Grundarfoss, known as Kvernárfoss waterfall. The waterfall is a part of the Kverná River and falls in Kvernárgjúfur gorge, situated above the farm Kverná. Visitors are not permitted to access the farm as it is protected from traffic. There is a road marked “Tengivirki” on the other side of the river. The travelers can drive up to it to have a long and clear peak at the waterfall from the top of the gorge. This combined trip to Grundarfoss and Kvernárfoss will be ecstatic.

Grundarfoss waterfall on a map

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