Grundarfjordur, Iceland

Quaint fishing villages are ubiquitous on an Iceland cruise, but Grundarfjørdur, Iceland is special. It’s on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a piece of land that juts out to the sea in Western Iceland. Black-lava beaches, crystalline waterfalls and massive glaciers are found on this long stretch and Grundarfjørdur is a good place to jump on a tour to these natural wonders. Kirkjufell, the town’s landmark and ever-present backdrop, is purportedly the most photographed mountain in the entire country. Its fantastical good looks even landed it a role in Game of Thrones. Snapping a hundred pictures of the mountain is tempting, but there’s much more to do on an Iceland cruise to this area. Sit in a steaming hot spring, surrounded by natural beauty and let your worries wash away. See how petrified shark meat is made at the Shark Museum in nearby Bjarnarhofn. Or watch puffins pad around on sea cliffs from a boat tour off Melrakkaey Island. An Iceland cruise is filled with adventure, no matter what you do.

 

As part of your cruise to Iceland, sample some local fare. Start off the first day of your cruise Icelandic-style with a filling breakfast of oatmeal or thick and creamy yogurt called skyr. Iceland hot chocolate is amazing, everywhere you go and plokkfiskur (fish stew) is a hearty comfort food after a day of exploring.