Your Guide to Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall


blog authorBy Johanna Sigurðardóttir shield verificationVerified Expert

    Iceland boasts over 10,000 waterfalls, so you’ll have your pick of spectacular water displays to choose from. But rarely, do you get the opportunity to take a snapshot of two incredible landmarks at once, like you do at Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall.

    In this article, we’ll tell you exactly what makes this waterfall so special and why it’s considered a must-visit spot, especially if you enjoy photography. So, whether you’re intrigued or need to plan your itinerary for an upcoming trip – read on.

    Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall

    One of our most iconic mountains that is shaped like a cone is Kirkjufell Mountain. One can hike or summit this mountain, but it’s not an easy climb, and even some of the pros who have tackled the task with an experienced guide have ended up plunging to their deaths. The name Kirkjufell translates to ‘Church Mountain’ (because of the shape, not the deaths).

    Now, right in front of this legendary mountain, you will find an almost two-for-one special when it comes to waterfalls; the beautiful 20-meter tall Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall that gets split up by the rocks on the clifface and makes it seem like multiple falls next to each other tumbling into the waters below.

    The name Kirkjufellsfoss translates to ‘Church Waterfall’ and in this case, the incredible view of the falls with the mountain in the backdrop does almost feel like a spiritual experience – absolutely breathtaking and awe-inspiring!

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    Where to Find Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall in Iceland

    Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall is located in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula next to the town of Grundarfjördur. From the capital city of Reykjavik, it’s about a 2.5-hour drive.

    How to Get to Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall

    You will essentially have two options when it comes to visiting Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall:

    Go on a Guided Tour

    Many tours on the island includes Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall. Some are dedicated to the Kirkjufell area, whilst others are combo tours or even multi-day holiday packages with a variety of Icelandic attractions. Whichever you choose, just ensure that you book well in advance if you’re planning on visiting during our busy summer season.

    Take a Self-drive

    This will always be the best way to explore the island, since you have full control over your time and itinerary. Driving to the falls is also incredibly easy. If you’re driving from the direction of Reykjavík, you just need to take Route 49 to Gardastræti and Sudurgata to Hringbaut.

    Then drive Pjodvegur 1, Pjodvegure, Snæfellsnesvegur, Vatnaleid and Snæfellsnesvegur to Grundarfjardarbær. Hereafter you will see and turn off to your destination on your left.

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    The Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall Hike

    Many confuse the Kirkjufell Mountain Hike with the trail to Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall. In no way shape or form are they the same. You shouldn’t even really refer to the walk to the falls as a hike since the trail is a mere 500 meters from the parking lot.

    The Best Time to Visit Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall

    The Kirkjufell Waterfall is open all year round, and it will be up to you and your preferences of when you want to go. During the warmer months of the year, the weather is nice, and you’ll have plenty of daylight hours to explore the area. During the colder months, the waterfall turns into a scene from the movie Frozen, and with fewer daylight hours it’s become a favorite spot to go see the Northern Lights.

    Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall; Multiple Falls and a Mountain

    In retail terms, this site will be the deal of a lifetime. Getting to see and experience all these magnificent landmarks in one place – and at no cost?! Whilst it’s possible to turn this into a day trip during the warmer months with more daylight hours, we really suggest that you make the falls a stop along a road trip of the island. Simply rent a campervan in Iceland for a budget-friendly transport and accommodation combo and start the adventure of a lifetime.

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