Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss are iconic locations on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in Iceland. Featuring a mountain that towers over the sea and a river that careens over a rocky pass as it makes its way to the ocean, Kirkjufell and it’s waterfall are a must-see on any trip to Iceland. They also both featured in Game of Thrones.

Kirkjufell on a Sunny Day

Often when you think of Iceland you think of snow-capped mountains; waterfalls; glaciers; lots of green; and cloudy, moody, temperamental weather. On our most recent trip there we got the snow-capped mountains and the waterfalls and the glaciers. However, we did not get the cloudy, moody weather. For most of our trip it was sunny and warm. Perfect for exploring. Not so perfect for the moody photos of Iceland I love so much.

Kirkjufell, Iceland

We stopped by Kirkjufell pretty early in the day during low tide. While I stepped out to grab a few shots, Cody explored the map for things to do, somewhere to eat and a place to sleep once it got dark. Instead of continuing on to Kirkjufell waterfall, we decided to explore the some more of the peninsula first and come back towards sunset.

Kirkjufell, Iceland
Kirkjufell, Iceland

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula

There is so much to do on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Kirkjufell waterfall isn’t the only waterfall, there are tons of them scattered throughout the peninsula. There are also beaches, Snæfellsjökull National Park, lava rocks, coastal views and mountain passes to explore. You could spend several days in this part of Iceland and not run out of things to do.

Unfortunately, we only had 24 hours to explore. So we trimmed our expectations, picked a few locations to see and set off. We spent a couple of hours driving the peninsula, stopping frequently to jump out and take photos.

Búðakirkja – The Black Church

Búðakirkja had been on my list for a long time. The church dates back to the 1700s and was moved to it’s current location in the 1980s. It’s surrounded by mountains and a glacier and there is a beach not far from the church. There is also a beautiful waterfall a few minutes drive away.

Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge

After the church it was on to Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge. Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge features a stream flowing through a small crevasse that you can hike up into. The hike itself is uphill, but short and pretty easy and the surrounding landscape is beautiful.

Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge

Inside the gorge is fairly compact, slippery and dark. Without a tripod it’s difficult to take decent photos, but still worth the time to get there.

After the gorge, we made our way back to the north side of the peninsula and to Kirkjufell.

Kirkjufell at Sunset

Kirkjufell is one of the most photographed mountains in the world and one of my favorite sites in Iceland. The mountain itself is beautiful, but the landscape surrounding it is just as stunning. Not to mention the powerful Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall just on the other side of the road.

Kirkjufell, Iceland
Kirkjufellsfoss, Iceland
Kirkjufell, Iceland
Kirkjufell Mountain and waterfall, Iceland

Photographing Kirkjufell on a Sunny Day


I am not a huge fan of sunny days. Perfectly blue skies tend to be boring and I’m not great at shooting in full sun. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my all my travels, you sometimes just have to go with it.

It took about a year for me to get around to editing these images of Kirkjufell. After hundreds of touch-ups, I still don’t know if I’m one hundred percent happy with them. I do know they turned out better than I thought they would. And Kirkjufell and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on a perfectly sunny and warm day were absolutely beautiful.

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Hey there! My name is Leah and I'm a photographer, blogger and wanderer from north Texas. I've been doing photography for nearly a decade now and absolutely love it. My day job is real estate photographer and in my free time you can often find me at a park taking pictures of leaves and flowers. Outside of that my fiance and I love to travel. We spent nine months backpacking through Europe and now spend our free time attempting to plan and going on shorter trips both in the States and abroad.

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