Grundarfjordur, Iceland Cruise Port

If you've ever thought longingly about visiting a charming northern European fishing town set against both mountains and the sea, then cruising to Grundarfjörður, Iceland will turn those daydreams into reality. Located in western Iceland, this small village of fewer than 1,000 residents has been a commercial port since 1786. Shortly thereafter, French settlers added a church and hospital, and the town has remained successful ever since. An interesting anomaly is the nearby lava field called Berserkjahraun, which stays warm year-round; even if all other areas are covered in snow, the field isn't. Because of its location, culinary options include plenty of fresh seafood. If it’s history you seek, you may get lucky enough to catch the town's Viking Association doing one of their Viking-age reenactments. If waterfalls and vibrant birdlife are part of your agenda, you’ll enjoy some of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Grundarfjörður, Iceland:
 
  • One of the area's most popular attractions is the mountain Kirkjufell, which creates a small peninsula. Standing at around 1,500 feet high, it's considered the most photographed peak in Iceland. There's a walking trail or you can snag a guide to get you to the top to find some interesting fossils. If something about it seems familiar, you might have spotted it in the Ben Stiller movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
     
  • For more information about the area, a bite to eat, or to check out collections of local items (including children's toys and old fishing gear), visit the Saga Centre. Its mountainous backdrop makes it perhaps the loveliest tourist info building you'll ever visit.
     
  • Horseback is an excellent way to explore Grundarfjörður, and there are many companies throughout the area that offer tours by horse for short or longer rides.
     
  • The family-run Láki Tours offer boat excursions to see killer and sperm whales in their natural habitat. You might also catch some humpback and pilot whales, along with frolicking white-beaked dolphins and puffin colonies.
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