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Hliðarvegur 15
GPS: 64° 55,367'N, 23° 15,488'W
Tel:  (+354) 895-6533 / 562-6533


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Grundarfjörður, right in the palm of the majestic Snæfellsnes peninsula, is the perfect location for a whale watching. 


Grundarfjörður Hostel is located in a small and picturesque fishing village surrounded by amazing mountains, and the town itself is the most centrally located on the Snæfellsnes peninsula; its strategic location makes it an ideal stop from which to explore the beautiful landscape of this area characterized by majestic mountains, diverse birdlife, waterfalls, lava fields, lovely beaches, open sea and the well known Snæfellsjökull glacier. 


Grundarfjördur Hostel was originally composed of a double storey red house, but it has recetly expanded to include other buildings in town. Some of the rooms offer private facilities. The reception remains in the original address of Hlíðarvegur 15, and it is open from 15:00 till 21:00pm in the summer, except if differently arranged. 


The hostel offers a wide range of accommodation: beds in shared dorm,  single and double rooms, family rooms and also private apartments. Bed linen and towels are available for a small extra fee that is not included in the price.


Services in Grundarfjörður include banks (with cash dispensers), restaurants, a supermarket, a petrol station (also the local bus stop), a mechanic and a small museum and information centre.


There is a multitude of activities accessible in town or in the surrounding area: mountain climbing, hiking, swimming, scree running, fishing, golfing, horse riding, sightseeing, snowmobiling and much more.A variety of daily boat trips are also available from Grundarfjörður Harbour during the summer: birdwatching, puffin spotting, romantic sunset experience and sea angling. 


Welcome to Grundarfjordur!


Green hostel logo but Grundarfjörður Hostel is a Green HostelHIQ logo but Grundarfjörður  Hostel is a HIQ certificated hostel 


Opening times:

Opening times (daily/weekly):    Check in from 15:00 to 21:00 in the summer
Opening times (over the year):    Open all year


Nearest hostels:

Borgarnes 104 km (ca. 1 hour 15 min) - Akranes 141 km (ca. 1 hour 40 min) - Sæberg 161 km (ca. 2 hours)


Distance from Reykjavík:

177 km (ca. 2 hours 10 minutes)

 - Green Hostel
 - Laundry facilities
 - Basic store available at or near the hostel
 - Family rooms available  - Internet access  - Garden
 - Sheets for hire  - Credit card accepted  - Green Hostel
 - TV room  - Currency exchange at or near hostel  - Playground
 - Self-catering kitchen  - Individual traveller welcome  - Common room(s)
 - Groups welcome  - Rates include local tax  - Non smoking room/area



Bed Capacity


Beds per room: bedicon1 bedicon2 bedicon4 bedicon5 bedicon6 Total
Number of rooms: 1 13 5 1 4 81



There is bus connections to Reykjavík, Stykkishólmur and Ólafsvík. Bus schedules available at
Public parking close the hostel
Sea port:
Yes, the harbour of Grundarfjörður
2 hours drive from Reykjavík, central in Snæfellsnes. From Reykjavík take road no. 1 north. Just after Borgarnes turn left on road no. 54 to Snæfellsnes. When you get to Vegamót, take road no. 56 over the mountain pass to Grundarfjörður. It is also possible to take the scenic but somewhat longer route: from Vegamót carry on with road no. 54 to Arnarstapi, through the National Park on the edge of the peninsula and past Ólafsvík to Grundarfjörður.

Boat trips

A variety of daily boat trips is available from Grundarfjörður harbour during the summer to explore the fjord. Ideal for birdwatching, puffin spotting, romantic sunset experience, and at times, whale watching.


Black Sand Beaches

For centuries Dritvík on the southern part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula was one of the busiest fishing-stations in Iceland, once inhabiting 600 seasonal workers.There is a walking path to the shore (Djúpalónssandur), where there are four well-known lifting stones which fishermen would try their strength at. They had to be able to lift at least the smaller ones to get a job.


The Snæfellsjökull area is dominated by the three peaked volcano and glacier Snæfellsjökull (1446 m high) which is believed to be a place of supernatural power.It is one of the most famous volcanoes in Iceland and has been  featured in novels by Jules Verne and Icelandic writer Halldór Laxness. Today, Snæfellsjökull is the youngest national park in the country and there are several hiking trails to enjoy.


There is a beautiful and striking coast line between Arnarstapi and Hellnar with interesting rock formations, basalt columns, gorges, caves and sea bird colonies. In Arnarstapi you will see the stone monument to the hero Barður Snæfellsás that protects the area from evil as the local legend has it. There are several marked hiking paths to the caves and sea bird colonies.


The Eyrbyggja Heritage Center is the main attraction in the small fishing town of Grundarfjörður. It is a centre dedicated to communication and serving visitors to the town, with an internet café, a small cinema and a tourist information office. In addition to this, it houses a small local history museum showcasing rural life in Iceland since the 1900s.

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