Waterfall in Tungudalur

Isafjörður, Westfjords, Iceland

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1.5
The waterfall in Tungudalur near Ísafjörður

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INTRODUCTION

The waterfall in Tungudalur had an attractive cascade flanked by large fields of purple wildflowers and bush. Given how conspicuous it was, I was surprised at how it didn't seem to have any formal name to it. In any case, we thought this was a worthwhile attraction especially considering it was very close to the surprisingly busy town of Ísafjörður (the main town of any size in the Westfjords).

There was some infrastructure in the form of signage, trails, and a car park, indicating that this was a fairly well-touristed spot in the Ísafjörður vicinity. We did a couple of short walks to get different views of the falls, including a trail that climbed alongside the steep stream so we could get a closer look at the falls (where it looked like there were some small trees flanking the main drop of the falls itself). However, it seemed like the higher up the hill we went, the less of the waterfall (including the cascades above it) that we were able to see. We saw other people go even higher up the waterfall possibly yielding more views, but we didn't go beyond the waterfall so we couldn't say much more about that.

Speaking of trees, when we were walking along the valley of Tungudalur, we noticed that the trail kept going deeper into the valley beyond the waterfall's stream itself. The trail seemed to go into a forest (skógur), which was confirmed by a signpost indicating Tunguskógur, which would mean here was another place where a grove of trees could be found (something that was rarely seen in Iceland given much of it was de-forested after the Vikings first arrived). Since we didn't venture very far beyond the waterfall and onto this trail, we can't say more about what was beyond.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

There were beautiful fields of blooming purple flowers near the Tungudalur waterfallThere were beautiful fields of blooming purple flowers near the Tungudalur waterfall
Looking downstream from the Tungudalur waterfallLooking downstream from the Tungudalur waterfall
Near the Tungudalur was the beautiful yet busy town of Ísafjörður, which Julie and I stayed as we toured the remote WestfjordsNear the Tungudalur was the beautiful yet busy town of Ísafjörður, which Julie and I stayed as we toured the remote Westfjords
When we left Ísafjörður, we headed east towards the Strandir Coast, and along the way, we were treated to beautiful scenery underscoring the rugged beauty and remoteness of the WestfjordsWhen we left Ísafjörður, we headed east towards the Strandir Coast, and along the way, we were treated to beautiful scenery underscoring the rugged beauty and remoteness of the Westfjords
When we were about to enter the tunnel leading to Ísafjörður, we got this nice view towards some fjords in the distanceWhen we were about to enter the tunnel leading to Ísafjörður, we got this nice view towards some fjords in the distance

When we left the tunnel, we noticed this tall cascade spilling into TungudalurWhen we left the tunnel, we noticed this tall cascade spilling into Tungudalur

Here was another cascade spilling into Tungudalur after we left the tunnelHere was another cascade spilling into Tungudalur after we left the tunnel

Looking straight up at the Tungudalur waterfallLooking straight up at the falls

Angled look at the Tungudalur waterfallAngled look at the falls

Looking towards some farm in Tungudalur along with another cascade in the distanceLooking towards some farm in Tungudalur along with another cascade in the distance

Looking down at the car park and fjordLooking down at the car park and fjord

The trail continuing deeper into Tungudalur.  Notice the grove of trees in the distance behind the sign indicating it was leading to perhaps that forestThe trail continuing deeper into Tungudalur. Notice the grove of trees in the distance behind the sign indicating it was leading to perhaps that forest


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Angled view of the falls


Fixated direct view of the falls


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

We got here from Ísafjörður by going 3km west of town on Route 61 to the turnoff for Tungudalur. From there, we continued on the spur road to a car park area where there was already view of the falls as well as some walking tracks getting closer to it.

Coming from the other direction from the tunnel entering Ísafjörður, the tunnel opened up into Tungudalur valley. Once the route 60 joined with the route 631, turn left onto route 631 then drive a short distance until you see the signposted turnoff for Tungudalur. Turn left onto the access road leading to car park.

Just to give you an idea of the context of Ísafjörður versus the major towns of Iceland, this town was 569km (over 6.5 hours drive) west of Akureyri and 445km (about 5.5 hours drive) north of Reykjavik.




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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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