Dynjandi Waterfall & The Westfjords
The majestic Dynjandi is one of Iceland's most stunning waterfalls. We'll take you on a scenic drive from Ísafjörður via the picturesque fjord trio of Önundarfjörður, Dýrafjörður and Arnarfjörður. Dynjandi falls bears its name with pride. The name means 'The One who Thunders' in Icelandic, and you will understand why when you stand by this giant and hear the deafening roar of the water falling from the high Dynjandisheiði mountain. The voice of this waterfall can be heard throughout the fjord and up into the mountains.
We will stop for an approximate hour at Dynjandi falls and enjoy its beauty and the peace of its surroundings. You can take a short walk and read about the farm that once stood there, or visit each of the smaller waterfalls that together form the waterfall Dynjandi. There will be plenty of time to do the easy hike to the symmetric top tier of the waterfall.
The three fjords you will visit are some of the most impressive fjords in Iceland, with their steep mountains and near to no lowland. They are filled with history and Sagas, all from the great and heroic tale of Gísli Súrsson, who fought his enemies in this area and earned the title of one of Iceland's toughest fighters, and then more modern tales. Visible from the fall is Hrafnseyri farm and church, where Jón Sigurðsson, the leader of Iceland's fight for independence was born.
We offer special rates for children so this is a perfect family tour. You will have plenty of opportunities to create wonderful memories in this unique landscape of the Westfjords, and of course, you will have plenty of time to take some amazing photographs to immortalise your visit to this one-of-a-kind place.
Don't miss out on one of Iceland's most incredible waterfalls. Check availability by choosing a date.
- Available: Apr. - Oct.
- Duration: 6 hours
- Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English
The Westfjords are the westernmost part of Iceland and the whole of Europe. The Westfjords are home to some off the most beautiful natural gems and off the beaten track attractions in Iceland.
The Westfjords are a wide area stretching as a peninsula to the northwest of the mainland. The peninsula is all mountainous with numerous fjords of varying length.
The town Isafjordur in the fjord Skutulsfjordur serves as the capital of the region, with around 3000 inhabitants. There are many fishing villages in the fjords, as good fishing banks are found around the Wesfjords.
The agriculture is very scant, due to the steepness of the mountains and the lowland is limited. Below are some of the best natural attractions you can find in the Westfjords.
Hornstrandir nature reserve
Many places in the Westfjords are now deserted, such as the northernmost part of the peninsula: Hornstrandir. Hornstrandir is a holy place for travelers who seek solitude, wildlife, breathtaking scenery and great hiking trails. Don´t miss it if you´re looking for peacefulness.
Dynjandi ('Thunderous') is one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls. This is really a series of waterfalls, seven altogether, with a cumulative hight of 100 meters. The trapezoidal shape of its main uppermost tier is particularly notable (40 m wide at the top, 60 m at the bottom.
Europe’s westernmost part is in The Westfjords, the massive vertical seacliff Latrabjarg, over 400 meters high with millions of seabirds nesting there. In 1947 a British trawler stranded there. Local farmers managed to safe most of the fishermen by heaving them by rope 190 meters up into the air. This heroic deed has been filmed.
Raudisandur Beach & Sjounda
The beach by the cliff is called Raudisandur, rare for its pale red, almost pink sand. Along with many seabirds, the beach also features hundreds of seals.
Innermost of Raudisandur are the remnants of the farm Sjounda. At the beginning of the 19th century it was a site for one of Iceland’s most famous murder cases.
Two farmers lived there with there wives but the one farmer fell in love with the other's wife and she with him and they were later sentenced to death for murdering their spouses. This dramatic event later served as an inspiration for Icelandic author Gunnar Gunnarsson's masterful novel Svartfugl (The Black Cliffs).
Dynjandi (meaning ‘thunderous’), at the end of Arnarfjordur, is the most powerful waterfall in the Westfjords and breathtaking in its beauty.
Dynjandi is actually a series of waterfalls (seven in all), with a cumulative height of 100 meters. The main uppermost tier is particularly notable with its trapezoidal shape (30 m wide at the top, 60 m wide at the bottom).
Starting time : 09:00 10:00,
Small group sightseeing tour
Time for an optional hike up to top tier of Dynjandi
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The short hike up to Dynjandi is optional, you will still see the waterfall well without hiking, but the best view is from up close. Note: There is only one scheduled departure per day and it can be at any time between 8:00-13:00 as per our daily schedule, if the exact timing within this range is crucial for your plans then please contact us before booking. We do make sure that the tour finishes in time for the afternoon flight from Isafjordur to Reykjavik.