Grundarfoss & Kvernárfoss Waterfalls on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula - the Concert Hall of the Elves

The best-known waterfall in Grundarfjörður is Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall with the backdrop of the prominent mountain Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. 

But you will find 2 other lovely waterfalls close to Kverná in the outskirt of Grundarfjörður town;  Kvernárfoss waterfall and Grundarfoss waterfall. I know that most people drive by these waterfalls, but I include them in my visit.

Kvernárfoss waterfall & the concert hall of the elves

Grundarfoss & Kvernárfoss Waterfalls on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula - the Concert Hall of the Elves

To reach one of these waterfalls, Kvernárfoss waterfall in Kverná river, you will have to walk through the horse pastures above the Kverná farm.

I was staying at the campsite at Kverná and got permission to go through the land of Kverná to visit the waterfall. And now it has come to my attention that access through their land is not permitted anymore unless you are a guest of the farm. 

Kristinn and Ragnar take people on a guided tour and offer horseback riding and lodging. You can check them out at Kverná Horse Rental. Here is a couple of the tours they offer.

Grundarfoss & Kvernárfoss Waterfalls on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula - the Concert Hall of the Elves

Steinunn, Kristinn and Ragnar's sister, told me that a medium had mentioned a big elf population in the gorge by Kvernárfoss waterfall. And when Steinunn was a child she and some other children meant to push a big rock into the gorge. They then heard somebody shouting: "Mamma"! meaning mother.

The children got so startled that they ran as fast as they could back to the farm. Maybe this was an elf-child, who was warning his mother about the oncoming danger of a falling rock.

Grundarfoss & Kvernárfoss Waterfalls on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula - the Concert Hall of the Elves

According to Kristinn then you will find one of the most spectacular concert halls of the elves in Iceland in Kvernárgil gorge! The singing hall is located in the cliffs by Kvernárfoss waterfall.

Captivating singing and music can be heard from the gorge; if you are receptive enough to hear it. I thought I was receptive enough as I sometimes hear the dwellers in waterfalls. I guess I must visit Kvernárfoss again and really listen. I would for sure love to hear elf-music and singing :)

Grundarfoss & Kvernárfoss Waterfalls on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula - the Concert Hall of the Elves

I have got a painting of this waterfall in my living room, which was given to my grandfather by his sisters on his 70th birthday back in 1973.  One of his sisters was living at Kverná farm and two of her sons live here now.

My grandfather was raised here in Grundarfjörður and we visited his home turf with him when I was little. Later on, I visited it often with my parents, so I have got fond memories and a lot of feelings for this part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula

Grundarfoss & Kvernárfoss Waterfalls on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula - the Concert Hall of the Elves

My relative Kristinn and I

My grandfather moved to Reykjavík when he was in his teens, as his father drowned in the bay just outside of their home.  It was not easy for my great-grandmother, who was left alone with many children plus being pregnant at the time her husband drowned :(

Here you will see the location of Kvernárfoss waterfall on the map

Don't confuse Kvernárfoss with another popular waterfall by a similar name in the south, Kvernufoss waterfall!

Grundarfoss waterfall

Grundarfoss & Kvernárfoss Waterfalls on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula - the Concert Hall of the Elves

Another beautiful and often overlooked waterfall in Grundarfjörður is Grundarfoss waterfall. There is a 15-minute hike up to this waterfall, a bit rocky closest to the waterfall, but nothing major. 

I have often admired this majestic waterfall from afar and sometimes hike up to it if I have enough time while travelling on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. There is something mystical about Grundarfoss, something about the way it plummets into the gorge - to me, it looks very majestic and it is well worth doing this short hike to be able to stand right next to it.

Grundarfoss & Kvernárfoss Waterfalls on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula - the Concert Hall of the ElvesGrundarfoss waterfall is 70 meter's high and falls in the river of Grundará. To reach Grundarfoss, pass Grundarfjörður town and Kverná farm on road 54 and turn right at the sign Grundarfoss

There you will have to open and close a gate and drive for a very short distance on a gravel road until you reach a closed off water supply area.

Grundarfoss & Kvernárfoss Waterfalls on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula - the Concert Hall of the Elves

Leave your car next to the closed gate and follow a path on the left side of the water supply area.  This path will take you straight up to the waterfall.

On this particular day, the light was not good for taking photos, but you can see that it is a beautiful waterfall.  

Grundarfoss & Kvernárfoss Waterfalls on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula - the Concert Hall of the Elves

Often you can see this very mysterious waterfall from road 54 flooded in orange light - that is when I think it is the most beautiful.

You can either rent a car in Reykjavík and drive to the peninsula yourself, choose a self-drive tour  or join one of the myriads of guided tours to the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Here you will see the location of Grundarfoss waterfall on the map.

I have written a series of travel-blogs on Snæfellsnes as there is just so much history and places of interest everywhere you look. The travel-blog is in chronological order and might be of help when you travel around the Snæfellsnes peninsula: 

The Magical Snæfellsnes peninsula - part I

The Magical Snæfellsnes peninsula - part II

The Magical Snæfellsnes peninsula - part III

The Magical Snæfellsnes peninsula - part IV

The Magical Snæfellsnes peninsula - part V

Have a lovely time visiting the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula :)

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