Grundarfjordur’s beautiful landmark Kirkjufell (Church Mountain) is said to be the most photographed mountain in Iceland. Its isolated position, 463 meters above sea level and jutting out into the sea, makes it a focal point for travellers and locals alike. The colours of the mountain change colours every season, from the summer greens to winter white so you‘ll always find a new perspective to this majestic mountain.
Next to Kirkjufell is the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall that channels the glacial water of Snaefellsjokull glacier. The three pronged waterfall isn‘t very tall but makes for a beautiful photographing opportunity with the mountain in the background, especially during dark winter nights when the Northern Lights dance across the sky. Close by is another stunning waterfall, Grundarfoss.
How to get to Mount Kirkjufell?
Kirkjufell is located in Snaefellsnes, close to Grundarfjordur town, which is about two hour drive from Reykjavik. A 10 minute drive west from Grundarfjordur, down route Snaefellsnesvegur 54, will lead you to Kirkjufell. Parking there is both easy and free of charge.
GPS: 64.941667 N, -23.306944 W
Try passing Kirkjufell mountain without taking a photo! We bet you won’t be able to resist, once seeing this picturesque mountain. A couple of angles are the most popular ones to photograph. The first one is by the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall on the left side of the road. Then the waterfall makes an ideal foreground for the photo. The second one is on the other side of the main road, where the foreground material is a small lake. On a still day you can get fantastic photos of Kirkjufell being symmetrically reflected on the lake. The results are simply stunning. Not to mention the dramatic effects you can create during winter time, when the Northern Lights are dancing in the sky.
But, since these are the two most photographed angles, we challenge you to find a different one, one that doesn’t fall into either of those. Good luck!
Kirkjufell hiking trail and surrounding area
Surrounded by beaches, Kirkjufell has a lovely walking trail around it as well as a more challenging and steep climb up to the top. Two spots involving a rope climb make it dangerous to scale when wet. You should not be attempt this without a guide.
The surrounding area is full of bird- and marine life and in winter, orca whales have been seen in the fjord.
The town of Grundarfjordur offers accommodation, restaurants, a 9 hole golf course as well as a variety of other outdoor activities like hiking, horseback riding, ice-climbing and camping.
Is Kirkjufell Arrowhead mountain in Game of Thrones?
Yes, it is. It appears in season 7 when the heroes go north of the wall. However, the surroundings have been greatly modified and the chance of you either meeting or creating a White Walker is slim to none.
How high is Kirkjufell mountain?
It is 463 meters high.
Can you hike to the top?
Yes, there is a trail. However, the mountain sides are very steep and we advise every caution. This is not an easy hike and takes time and it not suited for children or those who are not in good shape. There is a hiking trail around the mountain, which is really nice and offers you a great view of the mountain from all sides.
Check out our complete guide to Snaefellsnes peninsula.