Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall is a popular location on the Snæfellsnes peninsular about 40 minutes drive from Buðir black church. Kirkjufell has recently become the most photographed mountain in Iceland.
It’s host – Grundarfjörður is a tidy, friendly town with a mixture of good & bad facilities in terms of accommodation and food, but for me the draw is the steeple shaped mountain (Kirkjufell) that sits just west of the harbour.
It is a prime location on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula tour!
Kirkjufell is a 463 meter high mountain that has claimed the lives of a few mountaineers. From the right angle the mountain resembles a church steeple… or a Witches Hat. The best angle is close to Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall. This is why the combination has been so successful.
Kirkjufellsfoss is a waterfall that channels the rain and melt water of the Snæfellnes mountains. It is not a very large waterfall as it only stands about 5 meters high, but it has a couple of levels and the water is channelled into three separate spouts which offer plenty of challenges and opportunities for the photographer.
Personally, I like to capture the falls with the mountain in the background. A wide angle is required of at least 24mm to capture the many angles offered by the falls. Then find the angles that shows the steeple shape of Kirkjufell and look for water so you can find a reflection of the mountain. It is also possible to hike up much higher than Kirkjufellsfoss which really opens up the landscape.
More photos from a Summer trip to Kirkjufell…
This is a small fishing village close to Kirkjufell. The closest cafe to Kirkjufell is the 59 Bistro Bar. I used this for many years and would normally recommend it. This is a sports bar so will catch any live game from the English premier league and this can give the place a lively atmosphere when Liverpool or Man United are playing. There is a nice pizza cafe in the centre of Grundarfjorður and a great restaurant near the harbour.
Hotels are limited, we no longer use or recommend the Hotel Framnes or Hotel Kirkjufell (same hotel). We have 2 overnight photo tours booked into Hotel Framnes in April 2019. The first group ordered 5 rooms for 2 nights, but when we arrived, the hotel was dark and locked. We called the owner who blamed it on us and couldn’t be bothered to open the hotel for us. It happened again a week later when I booked a very expensive room for a private tour. Please avoid this place and use the Grundarfjorður Guest House instead.
Kirkjufellsfoss looks great with Winter snow although the access is limited. The kirkjufell mountain s a great subject for Northern lights on a clear Winter night.