Spectacularly set on a dramatic bay, little Grundarfjörður is surrounded by sugar-loaf peaks often shrouded in wispy, cotton-puff fog. Preferring prefab to wooden construction, the town feels like a typical Icelandic fishing community, but the tourist facilities are good and the surrounding landscape can’t be beat.
A tourist information office, cafe, internet point and heritage museum all rolled into one, the Saga Centre is a must for every visitor. Sip a fresh double latte while chatting with the friendly employees, update your blog (internet Ikr200 for 15 minutes), and check out the museum’s detailed exhibits (free admission) about the town’s French-influenced history and the advent of the boat engine. The museum also features a life-sized model of a turn-of-the-century Icelandic home. You’ll be shocked to learn that this bite-size abode would sleep around eight people. Icelandic films and photo slideshows often play in the on-site screening room.
In summer, it’ll be hard to tear yourself away from Grundarfjörður without ascending the majestic Kirkjufell (463m), guardian of the town’s northern vista. Ask the Saga Centre to hook you up with a guide (around €30 per guide) – three spots involving a rope climb make it dangerous to scale the mountain without assistance. The whole adventure should take no more than four hours.