Who doesn’t like waterfalls… Many travellers will agree that Iceland is a paradise for all those who are crazy about them. There are literally thousands of waterfalls in Iceland. Let’s meet majestic Dynjandi – a real treasure of the Westfjords.
Icon of the Westfjords
For a long time we’ve been great enthusiasts of all kinds of waterfalls. Staring at them is always far from boring. Dynjandi, sometimes also called Fjallfoss, is definitely one of our favourite waterfalls on the whole island. It’s not just a waterfall – it’s a jaw-dropping icon of the region.
The word dynjandi in Icelandic means tremendous, staggering, thunderous. By all means, it is a very appropriate name. Indeed Dynjandi mesmerises everyone, and it does it in a really strong manner. Actually you can see there not just one waterfall, but a series of waterfalls. Apart from the real star of this spot, 100 m high and unbelievably wide Dynjandi, you can admire smaller ones, but also alluring: Bæjarfoss, Hundafoss, Hrísvaðsfoss, Göngumannafoss, Strompgljúfrafoss, and Hæstajallafoss. As you can see, there is a real pleiad of waterfalls.
Seeing it from a distance, we knew immediately that it was going to be something. And with each mile it hypnotised us even stronger. When we reached our destination, we just fell silent because of the impression.
A long time ago there was a farm here. Can you imagine living in a place like this and everyday wake up with a view of the Dynjandi’s dazzling cascade? Icelanders are so lucky!
A lullaby – night by the waterfall
We visited Dynjandi at the end of September. While driving around the enchanting fjords, we didn’t meet many tourists. When we reached the waterfall, there were only a few of them. It was an early evening, so after short time everyone left, and we were left there alone. Compared to other celeb waterfalls in Iceland, where you have to cope with unimaginable crowds, it was a real treat. Just us and nature – this is what we are always longing for.
There is a free campsite by the waterfall. This place put a spell on us, so we didn’t hesitate even for a moment and decided to spend a night there. Some of you may wonder if the constant roar of the water let us sleep – it wasn’t a problem at all. Camping here was really fantastic. The sound of the water lulled us into blissful sleep. Before we fell asleep, we prepared some camping food. The sky was almost cloudless, so we ate our dinner eagerly, waiting for the aurora show. It appeared as per our request. Unfortunately, the light show did not last too long. It had finished before we hurried to set up a tripod, so we don’t have any photos. But believe our words, it was an incredible spectacle.
It takes about 20 minutes to go uphill and to get to the main waterfall.
UPTADE (07.2017): There is no campsite anymore. There was one until 2015, but now it’s not allowed to camp there. Help us protect fragile Icelandic nature and do not camp/overnight there.
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