Arnarfjordur, Westfjords (Vestfirðir), Iceland

About Dynjandi

Hiking Distance: 1-2km round trip
Suggested Time: 60-90 minutes

Date first visited: 2007-06-24
Date last visited: 2007-06-24

Waterfall Latitude: 65.73289
Waterfall Longitude: -23.19978

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Dynjandi (I believe is pronounced “DIN-yahn-dih”; also known as Fjallfoss or “Mountain Falls”) was definitely our favorite waterfall in the remote Westfjords (Vestfirðir) for it was by far the most spectacular one in the region.

Befitting of its name was that the word “dynjandi” meant “thunderous” in Icelandic (my dictionary said “dynja” was a verb meaning “to boom” or “to resound”).

Dynjandi_090_06242007 - Julie standing before the main drop of Dynjandi
Julie standing before the main drop of Dynjandi

It was actually a series of waterfalls (7 in all) with a cumulative height of 100m.

Dynjandi’s Components

The main uppermost tier was the one that we photographed the most (as shown above) since it was most notable with its trapezoidal shape (said to be 30m wide at the top, 60m wide at the bottom).

We noticed that each of the seven sections of the waterfall had a signposted name corresponding to it.

The subtiers (not counting the main tier) were called Bæjarfoss, Hundafoss, Hrísvaðsfoss, Göngumannafoss, Strompgljúfrafoss, and Hæstajallafoss, respectively.

Dynjandi_046_06242007 - Looking up at one of the intermediate components of Dynjandi towards its main tier
Looking up at one of the intermediate components of Dynjandi towards its main tier

While each of the falls were interesting, we thought it was the cumulative effect of all the falls coming down together in series that really made the collective Dynjandi stand out.

Accessing Dynjandi

Driving to Dynjandi was an exercise in long distances where even a ferry ride to the Westfjords region reduced the driving distances to something a little more manageable for a trip on limited time.

Even most of the roads in the region were unpaved 2wd roads.

Yet contrasting the remote theme of the Westfjords, when we arrived at the falls, we were surprised to see how tourist friendly the facilities were (i.e. well-established walkways, toilets, large car parks, signage, etc.).

Plus, it was not unusual to see tour buses stopping here as well.

Dynjandi_001_06242007 - Approaching Dynjandi
Approaching Dynjandi

As a result, this waterfall was surprisingly bustling despite its pretty remote location.

As for the walk up to the falls itself, it climbed immediately uphill through a combination of slopes and stairs.

Some sections of the paths were pretty steep and rocky, but by and large the path was very doable by anyone with a reasonable amount of fitness.

Perhaps it was more of a cardiovascular workout since the path went relentlessly uphill until it reached its end at the base of the main waterfall.

Dynjandi_017_06242007 - Making our way up to the main drop of Dynjandi while encountering intermediate waterfalls along the way
Making our way up to the main drop of Dynjandi while encountering intermediate waterfalls along the way

But breaking up the exercise were signsposts next to each of the waterfall’s subtiers (which was how I was able to identify them by name) so that got us to mentally and physically take breathers before continuing on.

Julie and I took about 45 minutes or so going uphill to get all the way to the base of the main waterfall.

It took us a total of around 90 minutes to cover the round trip distance plus all the time we stopped to take photos and admire the falls each step of the way.

Going back downhill was a breeze, but it was definitely worth taking our time on the descent.

Dynjandi_091_06242007 - Looking back towards Arnarfjörður after having had our fill of Dynjandi
Looking back towards Arnarfjörður after having had our fill of Dynjandi

That was because the views of the Arnarfjörður and surrounding terrain were breathtaking.


Dynjandi resides in the Westfjords near Ísafjörður, Iceland. It is administered by the municipality of Ísafjarðarbær. For information or inquiries about the general area as well as current conditions, you may want to try visiting their website.

Westfjords_ferry_004_06242007 - Leaving Stykkishólmur on the Baldur Ferry to the Westfjords
Baldur_007_jx_06242007 - Some hamlets seen during our brief stop on Flatey Island
Westfjords_003_06242007 - Going up the wide gully on Route 60 as we headed in the direction of Dynjandi
Westfjords_004_06242007 - Looking back at the unpaved Route 60 we took to go up the gully
Westfjords_006_jx_06242007 - Looking towards the feeding stream of some companion waterfall as we were descending the spur road to Dynjandi
Westfjords_045_06242007 - Big waterfall neighboring Dynjandi
Dynjandi_002_06242007 - Approaching Dynjandi
Dynjandi_003_06242007 - Looking towards Arnarfjörður from the car park for Dynjandi
Dynjandi_095_06242007 - Looking towards Dynjandi and lower waterfalls from the car park area
Dynjandi_010_06242007 - Direct view of Dynjandi from the bottom
Dynjandi_021_06242007 - Focused on the main tier of Dynjandi from the car park
Dynjandi_029_06242007 - As we were starting to walk up the path to the main falls, it wasn't long before we encountered the first waterfall Bæjarfoss ('Farm Falls?')
Dynjandi_031_06242007 - The next waterfall up the Dynjandi walking path was Hundafoss ('Dog Falls'?)
Dynjandi_032_06242007 - Continuing further up the Dynjandi walking path was Hrísvaðsfoss ('Shaking Ford Falls'?)
Dynjandi_033_06242007 - Then, the next waterfall was Göngumannafoss ('Traveller's Falls'?)
Dynjandi_034_06242007 - Taking a break from the climb up to look back at where we've been
Dynjandi_035_06242007 - Continuing up the Dynjandi walking path, we then encountered the Strompgljúfrafoss ('Chimney Canyon Falls'?)
Dynjandi_037_06242007 - More contextual look at the Strompgljúfrafoss
Dynjandi_055_06242007 - Sign for the next waterfall, which was called Hæstajallafoss ('Talking Horse Falls'?)
Dynjandi_056_06242007 - Finally starting to approach the attractive main drop of Dynjandi
Dynjandi_067_06242007 - Julie standing before the attractive main drop of Dynjandi
Dynjandi_070_06242007 - Julie dwarfed by the main tier of Dynjandi
Dynjandi_076_06242007 - This was probably about as close to the Dynjandi waterfall's main drop that we got to, and this was what it looked like
Dynjandi_085_06242007 - Closeup look at Julie admiring the textured wall of water from the main tier of Dynjandi

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.

After about 30km from the Route 62/Route 60 junction (notice this road will go above the stream responsible for Dynjandi as well as another stream over a neighboring waterfall), there will be another signposted turnoff on the left for Dynjandi.

Westfjords_043_06242007 - Looking towards an impressive neighboring waterfall as we were approaching Dynjandi
Looking towards an impressive neighboring waterfall as we were approaching Dynjandi

Take this turnoff and follow it downhill for the last 760m to its end at the large car park for the falls.

This drive would take roughly an hour or less to go the direct route (which we described above) from Breidafjördur Bay to the waterfall.

As for the car ferry to the Westfjords, we took the Baldur ferry, which had a set schedule that left at 9am sharp.

The ferry took 2.5 hours, including a stop at Flatey Island.

For the most up-to-date information regarding the ferry schedule, see the official website.

Westfjords_ferry_004_06242007 - This was the ferry that we took to dramatic cut quite a bit of the driving distance to get into the remote Westfjords
This was the ferry that we took to dramatic cut quite a bit of the driving distance to get into the remote Westfjords

Even though some say that the ferry doesn’t save on driving time, it definitely let us rest and recharge during the whole journey so that was why we did it.

Stykkishólmur was about 165km (a little over 2 hours drive) north of Reykjavik.

Had we driven all the way to Dynjandi from Reykjavik without the ferry, then this drive would have been 363km requiring about 5 hours of driving.

Finally, if we were coming from the north at Ísafjörður, then we would be driving 85km (90 minutes drive) south on the Road 60 to get to the turnoff mentioned above that would lead to the car park for the falls.

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Looking directly up at the impressive falls

Right at the base of the uppermost tier

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