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From reykjavik to Grundarfjordur

Hoofddorp, The...
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From reykjavik to Grundarfjordur


Me and my friend want to visit Iceland in February.

My friend has a liscense but not longer then a year when we go.

Is there a company who rent without that rule?

If not...is there any other way to visit grundarfjordur?

I think a taxi might be expensive and a day tour is not an option because we want to stay there for 4/5 days.

I am searching but I cant find any usefull information so I hope someone here can help us out ☺️.


Gardabaer, Iceland
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1. Re: From reykjavik to Grundarfjordur

About the public buses (bus 82), they are probably not suitable for your plans. If you plan to explore the nature in Snæfellsnes and not just one or two towns in Snæfellsnes you have to either take a tour or rent a car. Public buses are merely to transport locals from a-b or b-a. If you look at the timetables there is one drive with bus 82 early in the mornings before work and one drive in early evenings after work (service intended for locals).

It takes half a day to go one way towards Grundarfjörður from Reykjavík for example.

Here are the timetables:




NOTE: These are summer timetables and will most likely change in winter. Also, Snæfellsnes is one of the windiest places you can find in Iceland and if the windforce is too high the bus route is simply cancelled, in part or in full. In february that can happen for many days in a row, leaving you stranded having no alternative other than strike lucky hitching a ride / carpool.


Your have only two available departures from Reykjavík is bus 57 from Mjódd if you want to catch bus 58 towards Stykkishólmur and bus 82 from their meeting point. One is 7:45 and the other is 17:30.


Taxi would be way too expensive.


Regading driving conditions, I wonder if your friend has any decent winter driving experience. The reason I wonder is because you or your friend DO NOT want to begin your winter driving experience by driving an icy icelandic country road in the middle of winter.

If the contitions are good they would look like any of these featured in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E07szxoi8kU

Relatively bad conditions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLqKRWZJRS8

Rather bad conditions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuMNvTcK2UQ

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2. Re: From reykjavik to Grundarfjordur

Just wondering, is there a specific reason why you want to spend 5 days in winter in Grundarfjordur? Not that it's a bad town, it's just that it's really a fishing port with about 900 people, and without a car, there's not a whole lot to do. There's Kirkjufell, which is worth seeing, and good hiking (though maybe not in winter), but not much else in the town.

I was talking to the chef/owner of the hotel there, and he said that even with the sun up, it's in shade for about 3 months in winter (north facing and mountains to the south), which I'd imagine is a bit dispiriting.

Reykjavik, Iceland
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3. Re: From reykjavik to Grundarfjordur

You can try the carpooling site here in Iceland. You're expected to help out with gas expenses (the driver tells you what he considers is your share).


Hoofddorp, The...
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4. Re: From reykjavik to Grundarfjordur

Thank for the response.

I am waiting on a email back from Straeto hopefully they can help us out.

Yes there is a specific reason...orca's.

Been there 2 years ago in February.

We had a beautifull sunny day then ☺️.

We are not sure how many times the bus drives in winter and how many times in a week so we dont know how long we will stay there.

Allready seen Reykjavik and did tours and all that stuff so this is our main reason to go.

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