Surroundings & Activities

Whale watching

For those who want to sight a whale or two, Ólafsvík is the place for whale watching and is only 15 minutes’ drive from the Hotel.  Humpback and sperm whales are often spotted. During the winter, Hotel Framnes is a prime whale watching spot as the Orcas swim past the hotel in search for food.

Puffin ours

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is a haven for migratory birds and birdwatchers.  Many species have been spotted in and around Grundarfjörður, namely:  arctic tern, white-tailed eagle, guillemots, Slavonian grebe, fulmars, eiders, etc.

Horse Riding

in the countryside is a popular activity within walking distance of the Hotel.


The town has a wonderful 9-hole golf course about 10kms out of town.   Lupine-laden with interesting roughs, and a spectacular view.

Swimming & hot-tubbing

are popular activities amongst the locals all year round.  The Grundarfjörður swimming pool has two hot tubs and a decent-sized swimming pool with a great view of the mountains.  Only a 5-minute walk from the Hotel.

Northen Lights

The Hotel is perfectly located for Northern Lights sightings

Aurora Borealis

Then of course, the winter heavens are a delight of colourful electrical antics forming ribbon-like energy wisps and twirls teasing the steadfast stars dotted in the cold black sky.  This celestial spectacle is the magnificent Aurora Borealis of course.

The extraordinary summer light gives a unique ambience to this area.  Grundarfjörður is known for its “strange light” especially at night as the midnight sun sets on the horizon, hiding behind the west fjords and veiling all in soft shades of reds, oranges and yellows.  The sea can change from a bright ocean blue to the more refined subtle turquoise going to a pinky-blue as the sinking sun shades across the fjord.  You have to experience it to know it.  So come on over.


The beautiful Snæfellsjökull Glacier in the National Park is only 25 km away and takes pride of place with its vibrant surrounding landscape of ancient lava fields, calderas and craters, pebbled beaches and lava plugs. Considered to be one of the seven energy centres of the Earth and the setting for Jules Verne’s JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH, this magnificent glacier is a major attraction in the area.  The diverse wildlife and geology in the Snæfellsjökull National Park is perfect for a wonderful day trip..