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Grundarfjorur is sited on the north shore of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a two hour drive from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. Set on the shore of a half-moon bay, the town is backed by beautiful mountains, including steeple-shaped Kirkjufell, and provides the perfect location for whales watching trips to observe orca.

​The geology of Grundarfjordur is unusual, as it spans the entire geological history of Iceland; volcanic activity is thought to have begun here about 18 million years ago, dying out about 6 million years ago.

The nearby crater Rauoukula is more recent and about 3,000 years old. Ice-age glaciers sculpted the landscape into what we see today, all of which add to the dramatic spectacle that can be experienced here, during a display of the Aurora Borealis.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: orca, Atlantic puffin, eider duck, fulmar, purple sandpiper
  • Where: Snaefellnes Peninsula, Iceland

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This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Iceland’s Natural Wonders Self-drive

A self-drive itinerary combining Iceland's natural geological wonders with its rich marine life, travelling from the north of the country, westwards along the coast, and ending in Reykjavik. Enjoy whale watching trips in search of humpback and minke whales, and explore peninsulas for seal colonies and pelagic birdlife.

  • When to go: Apr-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 8 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,745 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea