Iceland to Yourself
Autumn in Grundarfjörður reveals a different world
Hotel Framnes sits right on the bay in Grundarfjörður, enjoying a clear view over the waters of Breiðafjörður, with its myriad islands. Jutting out into the bay to the left rises the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell. The hotel was built to be a fisherman’s hostel but, following extensive renovation, it is now popular for its comfort, service and warm friendliness.
An ever-changing landscape
Grundarfjörður is particularly easy to get to from Reykjavík, being just a two-hour drive through amazing countryside. It is the central of the three fishing villages on the northern coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Hikers love the coastline and the mountains, lakes and waterfalls behind the village, while the bay itself is popular for fishing as well as being a photographer’s hot spot. Glacier trips and horse riding are both inspiring experiences here and all the main attractions on the peninsula can be easily reached from Grundarfjörður.
Colours and comfort
As August draws to a close, it is the time for the independent traveller who likes to enjoy the serenity of the mountains. Colours begin to change—in both the landscape and the sky, with spectacular sunsets on a regular basis. As the evenings cool, the northern lights begin to appear, dancing across the night skies. Travellers can enjoy them from the comfort of the hot tub, which has a screen protecting them from any sea breezes without interrupting the view. A massage chair and sauna provide soothing for sore muscles. It is little wonder that this 29-room hotel, with a 60-seat dining room and free wireless Internet has won the approbation of visitors as TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence attests.Láki Tours
Sailing in the mystical bay aboard a traditional oak fishing boat holds a magic all of its own. Sea angling from the boat is fun for any age and the catch can be a good size. Islands like Melrakkey are home to thousands of puffins and different sea birds and, out in the deeper waters, the dolphins, porpoises and whales swim. Last year, the tours had 100% success in seeing whales. The powerful orca or killer whales are most often seen in the first months of the year and are a truly amazing sight. They follow the herring that come into the fjord, providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Group bookings are accepted in September and October. Bookings can be made for the daily trips at Hotel Framnes.Láki Tours
Nesvegi 6 • 350 Grundarfirði
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