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Travel Guide of Kirkjufell in Iceland by Influencers

Kirkjufell is a 463 m high mountain on the north coast of Iceland's SnÊfellsnes peninsula, near the town of Grundarfjörður. It is claimed to be the most photographed mountain in the country.

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Travel Tips for visiting Kirkjufell

Kirkjufell Mountain is located on the SnĂŠfellsnes peninsula

Is one of the many wonderful landscapes of Iceland. Its conical shape is impressive and the waterfalls that surround it offer an enchanting panorama, which makes it one of the most emblematic landscapes of the country. Located on the peninsula of Snaefellsnes, the mountain Kirkjufell is surrounded by beaches, waterfalls and it is often sublimated by rainbows or northern lights...

Photographing Kirkjufell and its waterfalls

Whatever the weather, the place keeps its magic!
However, be aware that Kirkjufellsfoss is a magnet for photographers - don't expect to be alone!

The best angles:

  • With the waterfall: upper or lower part, see the panorama above where you can see both.
  • With the reflection on the lake: at the bottom of the waterfall, there is a lake.

Apparently, you can go to higher ground for an interesting perspective without the waterfall. I didn't try it because of the weather
And you can see Kirkjufell from both sides of Highway 54 which runs along the northern coast of the peninsula

Named "sugar peak" by the Danes, its Icelandic name "Kirkjufell" translates as "church mountain"

its shape reminds a religious building.
The nearby waterfall is called KirkjufellFoss, Foss meaning waterfall in Icelandic.
Because the surrounding scenery is surprising and beautiful, enhanced by beautiful waterfalls, this place is particularly appreciated by photographers, and in all four seasons!

This mountain became famous thanks to the Game of Thrones series in which it is called "Arrow Head Mountain".

About Kirkjufellsfoss waterfalls in Iceland

Foss means waterfall in Icelandic. They are located on the KirkjufellsĂĄ river, which flows from the Sbaefellsjokull glacier above the Helgindur ridge.
The two steps of the waterfall are not very high (it reaches about 5 meters high) but the interest is the combined view with the mountain behind.
They are located on the KirkjufellsĂĄ river which flows from the Snaefellsjokull glacier over the Helgrindur ridge.
The two steps of the waterfall are not very high (they are about 5 meters high) but the interest is the combined view with the mountain behind.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Kirkjufell


The site can be visited in any season!

Road 54 is generally very good also in winter which facilitates access to the site. Kirkjufell offers very different colors from one season to another and fascinates photographers.

Photographers in summer prefer to go there in the evening because the place is ideal to be photographed with the low light of the midnight sun. The site also has a very nice light at sunrise in the early morning.

As you can imagine, in winter, the place is also very popular with photo enthusiasts who want to get a shot with the aurora borealis over the mountain and the small waterfall too!

Globally, and especially in summer, the site is very touristic and there are often a lot of people during the day which can prevent you from taking your pictures without having someone in the picture. Therefore, if possible, you should visit in the evening or early in the morning.

It is located :

  • on the north coast of the Snaefellsnes peninsula just west of Grundarfjordur, one of the main towns in the area.

  • Reykjavik to Kirkjufell - 2h15 by car by paved road (185 km).

To get to Kirkjufell, you will have to go to Grundarfjörður, which is only 3 minutes away by car.

You can easily stay in Grundarfjörður. Once you arrive at the parking lot, you can reach the mountain viewpoint in only five minutes by walking along a small path.

Nothing could be easier!

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