Migandifoss was a bit of a roadside ocean-plunging waterfall surprise when we made the scenic drive between Akureyri and Siglufjörður.
In fact, when we noticed this waterfall and made a concerted effort to stop for it, we didn’t even know it had a name until I looked at Gaia GPS at the next opportunity that we had internet.
To people driving south towards Akureyri, it seemed as if people would drive by without even knowing that they had passed this waterfall.
Fortunately, we were driving to the north from Akureyri where noticing this waterfall compelled us to look for a way to stop for it and do it in a way that was sanctioned (or at least not being a traffic hazard).
Given how this waterfall lacked signage or any lookout infrastructure (at least as of our August 2021 visit), something tells me that even the authorities might have overlooked this place.
We ultimately wound up pausing in a couple of informal pullouts in order to get a more enjoyable look though in the closer of the two lookouts, we did encounter another couple that was picking wild berries (and not so much checking out Migandifoss).
I’ll get into where these informal pullouts are in the driving directions below.
Migandifoss resides in the Northeast Region near Dalvík, Iceland. It is administered by the municipality of Dalvíkurbyggð. For information or inquiries about the general area as well as current conditions, you may want to try visiting their website.
We spotted the Migandifoss while driving north from Akureyri towards Siglufjörður.
I’ll describe the driving directions to each of the two pullouts that we stopped at from the nearest town of Dalvík, which was on the way from Akureyri.
From the bridge at the far north end of Dalvík, we drove north on the 82 for about 8.5km to an unsigned and informal pullout on the right.
During this drive, we had noticed the Migandifoss and promptly looked for a place to stop, and that pullout was that place to stop.
After stopping the car, we walked along a ravine towards a bluff overlooking the ocean as well as a distant view of Migandifoss.
Back on the road, we found another pullout that had a bit of a steep slope to get off the road’s embankment another 350m north of the previous pullout, where Migandifoss can easily be seen.
Coming in the other direction, it was about 2km south of the one-lane tunnel along the Road 82 to the rather obscure pullout on the left and another 350m further to another obscure pullout on the left.
As for geographical context, Dalvík was 18km (under 30 minutes drive) south of Ólafsfjörður, 34km (over 30 minutes drive) southeast of Siglufjörður, 44km (over 30 minutes drive) north of Akureyri, 91km (about 1 hour and 15 minutes drive) northwest of Laugar, 94km (about 90 minutes drive) east of Hofsós, 126km (over 90 minutes drive) northwest of Reykjahlið, 167km (about 2 hours drive) east of Blönduós, and 410km (about 5 hours drive) northeast of Reykjavík.
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