Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall

Visit the Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall, one of the most photographed scenes in Iceland, thanks to its beautiful backdrop featuring Kirkjufell Mountain. Set on the north side of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula near the town of Grundarfjörður, the waterfall is just about 2.5 hours from Reykjavik. A parking lot and trails sit off the main road and lead straight to the most popular viewing point, passing several smaller cascades and crossing the Old Bridge.

Kirkjufell means "church." Many believe the mountain resembles a church as it sits behind the waterfalls with its steeple-like narrow peak pointing toward the sky. However, Danish sailors who passed by the hill referred to it as sukkertoppen, meaning "the sugar top."

The walk to the viewing point is relatively short and easy. If you want to increase the challenge, you can actually climb Kirkjufell Mountain! It's a very steep and challenging hike, so it's best to hire a guide to lead you. 

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Itineraries with Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall

Reykjavik and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula - 4 Days

If you have 4 days in Iceland you can enjoy Reykjavik's city life and then leave the masses behind by heading north to explore beautiful Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its waterfalls and volcanoes. This way you'll get a great sampling of all Iceland has to offer.

Best of West & North Iceland - 12 Days

This off-the-beaten-path road trip is especially great during summer months when peak crowds head for Iceland's south coast and Golden Circle (and accommodations can be hard to find). Instead, you'll escape to more remote areas of the country, traveling from Reykjavik all the way to its sunnier north coast with stops in Snaefellsnes Peninsula, the Westfjords (by way of car ferry), Husavik, and Lake Myvatn. There's plenty of time to experience unique geological features along the way with lava fields, volcano hikes, massive waterfalls, and geothermal pools, not to mention cool Scandinavian culture and cuisine.

Best of Iceland's West Coast - 9 Days

This self-driving trip takes you to the highlights of Iceland's west coast and the remote Westfjords area. Starting in Reykjavik, you'll drive to the volcanic Snaefellsnes Peninsula before taking a car ferry to some of the most dramatic landscapes in Iceland. Here you'll hike along the jagged cliffs at Londrangar, visit black, gold, and red sand beaches, and see the powerful Dynjandi Waterfall. End the trip in Isafjordur—a great base for activities in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, accessible only by boat and trail.

Iceland: Ring Road & Snaefellsnes Peninsula - 8 Days

Drive Iceland's famous Ring Road on this quick, eight-day trip, which includes a detour to the volcanic Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Head south to the most visited highlights, including massive waterfalls, black-sand beaches, and glaciers. Enjoy the scenic route through the East Fjords before arriving at Lake Mývatn, surrounded by geothermal and volcanic wonders. Visit the whale-watching capital of Husavik and venture west into the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, with its small fishing towns, easy cliffside walks, and lava fields, and end by exploring the Icelandic capital city of Reykjavík. 

Iceland Highlights: Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Golden Circle, & the South Coast - 6 Days

This five-day, self-drive trip is a great way to experience the best of Iceland without driving too far from Reykjavík. Begin in Snæfellsnes Peninsula to tour the Djúpalónssandur black-sand beach, Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall, and more. Then, visit the Golden Circle's Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, along with Þingvellir National Park. Next, stop at the South Shore's Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls and Reynisfjara Beach, before reaching Vik. The trip concludes with sightseeing in Reykjavík and a taste of the dining and nightlife scenes.