Dynjandi, Iceland

The Dynjandi waterfall
A girl in front of Dynjandi

Dynjandi at a Glance

Dynjandi is located in the Westfjords about 20 km eastwards of Hrafnseyri, and is the largest waterfall in the northwestern fjords. Also known as Fjallfoss, this waterfall is part of a series of waterfalls. It is 100 meters high, 30 meters (98 feet) wide at the top, and increases to 60 meters (196 feet) as it cascades downwards. The waters of the Dynjandisá are carried to the sea by five smaller chutes. Each of the seven tiers of the waterfall has its name on a signpost next to it, and for many visitors, it is the cumulative effect of the individual falls cascading down together that make Dynjandi so outstanding.

The area around Dynjandi caters well for tourists with all the necessary facilities in place, walkways, toilets, car parking, signposting, and so on. And it is quite common to see tour buses stopping here, so the area often bustles with excited visitors. This is a very pleasant place to camp out in the summer, though the sound from the tumbling water can make it noisy. The walk to the falls is an uphill one, made up of slopes and steps. Some parts of the route are quite rocky and steep, but anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to manage it. The signposts pointing out the names of each tier of the waterfall on the way up provide the chance for walkers to pause and catch their breath during the climb. The impressive sight of the water plunging over the 100 meter high clifftop into the fjord below makes the trek very worthwhile.

The word "Dynjandi" is Icelandic for thunderous sound and that aptly describes the noise around this superb waterfall. Dynjandi is, in the opinion of many, the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland - a real jewel in the Westfjords.