Kirkjufell

Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
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One of Icelandʼs most prominent mountains, Kirkjufell, is a majestic old nunatak, 463 metres tall. It is an impressive landmark with its striking beauty and distinctive peak, one of the most popular mountains in Icelandic commercials and probably the most photographed mountain by tourists. It is equally beautiful on the west and east side, though the east side is probably more recognisable. The pointed peak resembles a church steeple, hence the name “Church Mountain.” The sides of Kirkjufell are relatively smooth, steep, and sloping, creating an elegant and streamlined appearance. Beyond the road in front of the mountain is its namesake waterfall, Kirkjufellsfoss, and from that viewpoint, the mountain’s shape is accentuated, making it a visually striking landmark. Beneath the mountain on the west side lies a lagoon that sometimes dries up, leaving a large sandy beach. The symmetry, combined with natural beauty, makes this location very sought after and unique.

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Accessibility

The mountain is located just by the road and only 2 km from the town of Grundarfjörður.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

There are lots of hotel options around this area. Snæfellsnes Peninsula is one of Iceland’s most visited tourist places with all the services you might need for your production. The nearest hospital is in Stykkishólmur, 41 kilometres away.
Accommodation
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 50 km
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
< 30 km

Permits

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The mountain is owned by private landowners. You would also need a permit from the town of Grundarfjörður.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit

Basecamp and facilities

On the east side, there is a small/medium sized parking lot suitable for tech base. A large basecamp could be located at the nearby town of Grundarfjörður. There is a large parking lot by the waterfall. There are no facilities at this location. Phone coverage is excellent.

Risk factors

The hike up to the waterfall can be dangerous. There is a hiking trail up the mountain and across the top, but it is extremely dangerous, and accidents and deaths have occurred recently.

Visitors

The area is a high tourist attraction. Most visitors stop for a short while, taking a picture of the mountain and walk up to the waterfall.

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