Waterfall at Foss

Arnarfjordur, Westfjords (Vestfirðir), Iceland

About Waterfall at Foss

Hiking Distance: roadside
Suggested Time:

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

Waterfall Latitude: 65.60119
Waterfall Longitude: -23.54108

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

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).

Westfjords_024_06242007 - The Waterfall at Foss
The Waterfall at Foss

I guess it would only be fitting considering the place names here had foss this or foss that.

The waterfall pictured in the photo above 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.

Westfjords_021_06242007 - Looking downstream from the Waterfall at Foss
Looking downstream from the Waterfall at Foss

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.

Perhaps by then, you can be surprised by what you see if you end up hiking into Fossdalur.


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

Westfjords_009_06242007 - We saw this cascade along the route 60 as we were driving towards Arnarfjörður from Breiðafjörður
Westfjords_031_06242007 - Full contextual view of the waterfall at the Foss farm backed by a broad mountain
Westfjords_027_06242007 - Another look at the attractive waterfall at Foss
Westfjords_017_06242007 - Yet another look at the Waterfall at Foss revealing some of the stream action in the foreground

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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