Waterfall near Djupivogur

Djúpavogshreppur / Berufjörður, East Region, Iceland

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Distant view of the waterfall near Djúpivogur in sleepy Southeast Iceland

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INTRODUCTION

The waterfall near Djupivogur (Djúpivogur) is how I'm identifying this obscure waterfall that grabbed our attention as we were making the very long drive on the Ring Road between Egilsstaðir through Höfn (pronounced like "hup" and rhymes with cup) and eventually to Skaftafell National Park. Given that this was almost a 6-hour drive through mostly featureless landscapes (except for some abandoned farms), we really got the sense that life in this part of the country must be very difficult. So that was probably the biggest reason why we noticed and remembered this waterfall pretty vividly.

Actually, when we were weaving our way between mountains on an unsealed part of the Ring Road, that was when we saw this waterfall in the distance. And since we were rather eager to get out of the car to stretch our legs in front of a waterfall, we took the trouble to find a road that would lead us closer to the falls.

The challenge was that there were no signs indicating this waterfall was anything interesting. Then, we eventually realized that the road wouldn't get us any closer to the falls than what you see in the photos on this page. So it was really nothing more than a roadside stop, though if we really wanted to, perhaps we could've scrambled across the brown shrubs to get even closer to the falls (though it looked far enough to be a non-trivial hike and scramble; perhaps 30 minutes or more).

Finally, when I looked at my old map files and notes, apparently, I labeled the waypoint for this falls as Hamarsafoss. However, I am unsure whether this name is legitimate or not, nor was I even sure how I came up with that name for the waypoint.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

A mountain in the distance that somehow reminded me of Batman near Höfn. We saw this during the long drive from Egilsstaðir to Skaftafell well past the falls near DjupivogurA mountain in the distance that somehow reminded me of Batman near Höfn. We saw this during the long drive from Egilsstaðir to Skaftafell well past the falls near Djupivogur
Looking across a large bay towards a pair of glaciers in the distance from Höfn, where we made a brief stop to break up the long driveLooking across a large bay towards a pair of glaciers in the distance from Höfn, where we made a brief stop to break up the long drive
Between Höfn and Skaftafell National Park is the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón where we got to examine some real deep blue icebergs like this drifting aboutBetween Höfn and Skaftafell National Park is the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón where we got to examine some real deep blue icebergs like this drifting about
Jökulsárlón was one of the more unforgettable places in Iceland as Julie and I were able to see drifting icebergs and a large glacier up close. I believe the name literally means Glacier LagoonJökulsárlón was one of the more unforgettable places in Iceland as Julie and I were able to see drifting icebergs and a large glacier up close. I believe the name literally means Glacier Lagoon
Another look at the waterfall near Djúpivogur from as close as I could get without scramblingAnother look at the waterfall near Djúpivogur from as close as I could get without scrambling

Finally on some sealed roads as we were approaching the Batman mountain in the distanceFinally on some sealed roads as we were approaching the "Batman" mountain in the distance

The drive gets progressively more interesting the further west you go as you shift from sleepy fjords in the east to the sandurs between Höfn and SkaftafellThe drive gets progressively more interesting the further west you go as you shift from sleepy fjords in the east to the sandurs between Höfn and Skaftafell

Then, you hit Jökulsárlón and the beautiful icebergs and glaciers thereThen, you hit Jökulsárlón and the beautiful icebergs and glaciers there

Then there are more sandurs with glacier arms of Vatnajökull becoming visible from the Ring RoadThen there are more sandurs with glacier arms of Vatnajökull becoming visible from the Ring Road


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the small coastal town of Djúpivogur, drive about 11km southwest on the Ring Road going towards the head of another inlet. You should be able to spot the waterfall in the distance further inland from the Ring Road. Turn right at an unsigned turnoff going onto an a farm road and follow the road until you feel you get close enough to the falls to photograph it or to scramble towards it.

Just to give you a little bit of perspective on distances, Djúpivogur is 144km (over 2 hours drive) south of Egilsstaðir along the Ring Road.

Djúpivogur is about 98km (about 90 minutes drive) east of the turnoff for the town of Höfn. Höfn is another 126km east of Skaftafell National Park as well as 451km (5.5 hours drive) east of Reykjavík.




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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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