Waterfall at Foss (Fossdalur)

Arnarfjörður, Westfjords, Iceland

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1
The attractive waterfall at Foss farm at one end of Fossdalur

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INTRODUCTION

Waterfall at Foss may sound redundant, but what I'm talking about here pertained to a waterfall that we saw on our map labeled as "Foss" facing the Arnarfjörður in the remote Westfjords of northwestern Iceland. It turned out that Foss pertained to a farm that was here, and this waterfall happened to be one of several waterfalls on Fossdalur ("waterfall valley"), which could've been done as a one-way 15km hike from Foss to Krossholt (or vice-versa). I guess it would only be fitting considering the place names here had foss this or foss that.

The waterfall pictured here was the only waterfall we captured here since we didn't plan on doing the long hike into Fossdalur (actually, we didn't even know this was the place to do that hike). So the difficulty rating reflected that we essentially treated this as a roadside attraction even though there could've been so much more to this writeup. The scenic rating also could've changed drastically had we partook in the hike as well, especially since I had read after the fact that there was another taller waterfall just a short climb above the falls that we saw.

So given that we can't say a whole lot more about this excursion other than what could have been, I hope you can at least find this page useful in finding where the hike begins and ends, and then you can be surprised by what you see if you end up hiking into Fossdalur.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Full contextual view of the waterfall at the Foss farm backed by a broad mountainFull contextual view of the waterfall at the Foss farm backed by a broad mountain
The Waterfall at Foss was the first waterfall of significance that we saw after doing the ferry ride from the Stykkisholmur into the WestfjordsThe Waterfall at Foss was the first waterfall of significance that we saw after doing the ferry ride from the Stykkisholmur into the Westfjords
Eventually at the end of the day (after visiting the Waterfall at Foss), we settled into the hauntingly beautiful town of IsafjordurEventually at the end of the day (after visiting the Waterfall at Foss), we settled into the hauntingly beautiful town of Isafjordur
We saw this cascade along the route 60 as we were driving towards Arnarfjörður from BreiðafjörðurWe saw this cascade along the route 60 as we were driving towards Arnarfjörður from Breiðafjörður

Another look at the attractive waterfall at FossAnother look at the attractive waterfall by the Foss farm


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the north end of the ferry from Stykkishólmur at Breidafjördur Bay, we drove north on Route 610 for about 500m then turned right onto Route 62. We followed Route 62 for a little over 5km until we turned left onto Route 60 (Vestfjarðavegur), which went uphill up a wide gully to a small pass before descending towards its junction with the Route 63 (about 8km north of the Route 60/62 junction).

Then, we turned left onto Route 63 and followed this road along the southern end of Arnarfjörður for another 23km to the waterfall at Foss farm.

To reach the Westfjords, we described our experience with the Baldur ferry on our Dynjandi page. To give you an idea of the distances involved, Dynjandi was 85km (90 minutes drive) south of Ísafjörður, 302km (4 hours drive) north of Stykkishólmur, 363km (under 5 hours drive) north of Reykjavik (without a ferry crossing), and 487km (6 hours drive) west of Akureyri.




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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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