Other Westfjords Waterfalls

Arnarfjörður, Westfjords, Iceland

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1
Very impressive cascade on the way to Djupavik

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INTRODUCTION

The Other Westfjords Waterfalls page is where I'm putting in the many waterfalls that we've found throughout the Westfjords region that we didn't devote a dedicated webpage to for one reason or another (usually because we don't know the name of the falls, we don't have much to say about it, and/or we thought it would be one of those dime-a-dozen waterfalls that really would be for waterfall collectors and nothing more). So the waterfalls found here were pretty much any waterfall not named Dynjandi, Djúpavíkurfoss, Waterfall in Tungudalur, or the Waterfall at Foss.

As you can see from the photos on this page, many of the waterfalls here were significant in their own right. But they live on in relative obscurity for one reason or another (usually because of remote location), and I'm sure they would've been more popular if they were situated elsewhere that wasn't so remote. So this page was our way of giving props to them.

Some of the more memorable ones among the lot on this page include a waterfall near Mjólkárvirkjun, a couple of the cascades on the Strandir Coast, and a couple of powerful ones by some place called Valagil near the head of one of the Westfjords many fjords (just one fjord to the east of Ísafjörður) on its north-central section.

Moreover, you can see that we had a very hard time trying to stop for what we thought were the major ones, because if we had stopped for all of them, we wouldn't be able to leave the Westfjords! I think we ended up taking heaps of photos, which was a testament as to how many you can easily find here just along the roads!

Besides waterfalls in the west and central parts of the Westfjords, I'm also including waterfalls from the beautiful Strandir Coast on the eastern part of the fjords as well.

Let the waterfall saturation begin...




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PHOTO JOURNAL

The only town of any size in the Westfjords is Ísafjörður, which was a very beautiful place to base ourselves momentarily as we were touring the WestfjordsThe only town of any size in the Westfjords is Ísafjörður, which was a very beautiful place to base ourselves momentarily as we were touring the Westfjords
Looking towards some profoundly beautiful scenery in the Westfjords east of ÍsafjörðurLooking towards some profoundly beautiful scenery in the Westfjords east of Ísafjörður
Looking towards some more profoundly beautiful scenery in the Westfjords east of ÍsafjörðurLooking towards some more profoundly beautiful scenery in the Westfjords east of Ísafjörður
The road weaving between the Atlantic and cliffs full of waterfalls along the Strandir CoastThe road weaving between the Atlantic and cliffs full of waterfalls along the Strandir Coast
This was a roadside cascade seen along Road 60 as we were headed north deeper into the WestfjordsThis was a roadside cascade seen along Road 60 as we were headed north deeper into the Westfjords

Closer look at that roadside cascade by Road 60Closer look at that roadside cascade by Road 60

This attractive waterfall was seen on the spur road to DynjandiThis attractive waterfall was seen on the spur road to Dynjandi

Pair of falls at MjólkárvirkjunPair of falls at Mjólkárvirkjun. This was somewhere between Dynjandi and the tunnel leading to Ísafjörður

Just to mix things up a bit, here's a photo of another valley leading to a fjord somewhere near the tunnel leading to ÍsafjörðurJust to mix things up a bit, here's a photo of another valley leading to a fjord somewhere near the tunnel leading to Ísafjörður

We saw this cascade just as we left the tunnel leading to Ísafjörður.  Technically, this one belongs to the Tungudalur valleyWe saw this cascade just as we left the tunnel leading to Ísafjörður. Technically, this one belongs to the Tungudalur valley

Thunderous waterfalls in the distance at ValagilThunderous waterfalls in the distance at Valagil (at the head of Álftafjörður)

A slightly closer look at the waterfalls at ValagilA slightly closer look at the waterfalls at Valagil

Here's another obscure waterfall we noticed as we were heading east from Ísafjörður along one of the handful of fjords we went aroundHere's another obscure waterfall we noticed as we were heading east from Ísafjörður along one of the handful of fjords we went around (possibly in Seyðisfjörður, but don't recall exactly)

Tall cascade reflected in the fjordTall cascade reflected in the fjord (possibly in Hestfjörður, but don't recall exactly)

Big falls near what I think is a private summer houseBig falls near what I think is a private summer house (I recalled there was a sign that might have said Baldurshagil somewhere at the head of Hestfjörður)

Another falls near that private residenceAnother falls near that private residence at what I think is Baldurshagil

Contextual view of the falls by that private residenceContextual view of the falls by that private residence

Another long cascade reflected in the fjord dwarfing a buildingAnother long cascade reflected in the fjord dwarfing a building (possibly still in Hestfjörður)

A bunch of Icelandic horses grazing freely in the WestfjordsA bunch of Icelandic horses grazing freely in the Westfjords. Maybe this was what they had in mind when they named one of the nearby fjords here Hestfjörður

Big waterfall not far from DrangsnesBig waterfall not far from Drangnes

The waterfall composed with a mountain containing more cascades as well as a house on the lower right for scaleThe waterfall composed with a mountain containing more cascades as well as a house on the lower right for scale. This one was on the way to the Strandir Coast as we left the route 61.

Roadside cascade as we entered the Strandir CoastRoadside cascade as we entered the Strandir Coast (possibly called Bruararfoss but it wasn't the more scenic one that's out in the literature)

An attractive cascade in one of the fjords before Djupavik on the Strandir CoastAn attractive cascade in one of the fjords before Djupavik on the Strandir Coast

As we were going back the other way on the Strandir Coast, we got this photo of an attractive waterfall in the fjord just south of DjupavikAs we were going back the other way on the Strandir Coast, we got this photo of an attractive waterfall in the fjord just south of Djupavik

A closer look at the attractive waterfall in the fjord just south of DjupavikA closer look at the attractive waterfall in the fjord just south of Djupavik

Contextual view of that gorgeous cascade by the Strandir CoastContextual view of that gorgeous cascade by the Strandir Coast

A closer look at that gorgeous cascade by the Strandir CoastA closer look at that gorgeous cascade by the Strandir Coast

Just focused on that gorgeous cascade by the Strandir CoastJust focused that gorgeous cascade by the Strandir Coast


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

This page covers the stretch of roads that we've driven through most of the coastal parts of the Westfjords. These include Routes 60 in the western Westfjords, 61 through the north-central Westfjords, and 643 on the Strandir Coast of the eastern Westfjords. The starting and endpoints of this drive were Ísafjörður to the northwest and Djupavik to the east, where the turnoff for the Strandir Coast was just north of Hólmavík.

Even though we covered a lot of real-estate, if you look at the map, you'll see that there were still large areas of the Westfjords that were still left unexplored! Not only that, there were large sections of the Westfjords that don't even have roads!




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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