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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

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Humpback Whales in Summer

This varied self-drive itinerary explores the remote fjords and natural wonders along the north coast of Iceland, visiting Husavik - Europe's whale watching capital – to see humpbacks and minke whales, the incredible Dettifoss waterfall and the volcanic features of Lake Mývatn.

  • When to go: May-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 8 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Hotel Framnes

Occupying a waterfront spot in the fishing village of Grundarfjordur, this charming traditional hotel is perfectly located for whale watching and northern lights sightings on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. It offers 29 rooms with mountain or sea view, as well as a fantastic restaurant and outdoor hot tubs.