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Grundarfjordur

sunny 60 °F

We anchored out at our final port of call Grundarfjordur on a beautiful cloudless day - a fitting last day of the cruise.

Grundarfjörður is a small town, situated in the north of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland. It is situated between a mountain range and the sea. The nearby mountain Kirkjufell forms a small peninsula. The town received the right to do commerce in 1786. Around 1800, French merchants came to Iceland and lived in Grundarfjörður, where they constructed a church and a hospital of their own. The town has become rich through the fishing industry, and this wealth shows in the style of the original, luxurious houses being built.

The road to nearby Stykkishólmur crosses a big lava field, called Berserkjahraun. The name of the lava field comes from the Eyrbyggja saga, according to which two Berserkers were slain here by their master, because one of them fell in love with his master's daughter.

Our excursion today was to Stykkishólmur where we boarded a boat to go birdwatching at the nearby islands, and sample some 'sushi' or fresh bay scallops pulled out of the sea in front of us. The scallops were exceptionally sweet and tender, having been out of the water for only a few minutes.

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Posted by rpickett 10:40 Archived in Iceland Tagged grundarfjordur

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