Walter Mitty Was Here! Grundarfjörður, Iceland (PHOTOS)

Jessica Peterson

Walter Mitty Was here! Gundrarfjordur, Iceland

No wonder Ben Stiller bicycled through this peninsular town in Walter Mitty.

With a population of only 826, Grundarfjörður oozes with small town charm, stunning natural sites, and friendly people. Photographers flock here for the twin sites of Kirkjufell mountain and Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall. Bring a wide angle lens to line them up at Golden Hour. The cylindrical mountain is featured in Jules Vernes’ “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and is the foundation of Icelandic mysticism. The falls are double-tiered and empty into a river. You can walk to the top of the falls and across on a bridge where you’ll likely see horses grazing. Mist-covered mountains complete the scene for what I consider one of the most serene spots in Iceland.

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I filmed a group of school kids on a hike. These are stills from my upcoming Iceland travel film.

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Has “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” inspired you to go to Iceland?

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Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island. Jessica is currently on the Great American Roadtrip in her Airstream trailer.
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  • Those photos are spectacular. I listen to the Walter Mitty sountrack daily for my necessary dose of wanderlust. I would love to visit that tiny town someday.

  • I am OBSESSED with your blog. Your photos are amazing; I get such bad wanderlust haha.

    Also, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Check it out here:
    http://www.gymbagsandjetlags.com/2015/06/the-versatile-blogger-award

  • Sonja Thomson

    These photos are absolutely STUNNING! I never did finish watching Walter Mitty, but I think I’d just rather go and see the real thing! I’ve been to Iceland, but not here, so thanks for the inspiration!

  • Tasha Haley

    I get so upset when I read Iceland posts and realize just how much I missed out on by only takings 2 days in Reykjavik. This looks so incredible, so sad to have missed this place! 🙁

    • Why only two days? I too wish I had more time in Iceland. Always a reason to go back!

  • Walter Kitty, what a cool movie, I remember the exact scene perfectly! On another note your waterfall photography is spot on! Nice tip about the wide angle or fish eye in my case!

  • Delaine Mária

    I have no other comments, other than your photos are gorgeous! Iceland looks as pretty as a picture! I am hoping to go there at the end of the year.

  • These photos are so beautiful! And the waterfalls look AMAZING! Wish I can travel to Iceland someday!

    xo, wanderingella.com

  • Such beautiful photos! I haven’t seen Walter Mitty but with scenery like this, I think i’ll have to give it a watch!

  • Marissa Abao

    I just watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Extended Trailer on YouTube. Haha! I had to watch it because I was curious if I could see this place. Well, I did not get disappointed. The mountain views were spectacular. I really do hope that I can visit Iceland someday.

  • Fillia Barden (www.WomanOfCour

    Did I see a lion head on the rock on the waterfall? You def have skill on photography!

  • The photos of the waterfall are way too gorgeous. Iceland is so high on my list, can’t wait to visit this year..Having a wide angle lens is a nice suggestion to do justice to the surreal landscape of Iceland

  • Jen

    It inspired me to go too! I wanted to go for ages and the movie was the final push. It was amazing. 🙂