Dynjandi is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland and the largest waterfall in the Westfjords. It is an importand part of the Westfjord scenic drive and one of the main natural wonders in the region. The waterfall consists of seven waterfalls that each has its name and identity. Dynjandi is more than just a waterfall; it is a feast of waterfalls and one of the most beautiful constructions by mother nature that you will ever see. The source of the waterfall traces its origin to the upland above the waterfall to lakes, and high volume spring fed rivers. The hiking trail all the way up to the highest, and most impressive part, Dynjandi waterfall, is pure joy and something no one who visits this waterfall should miss. The uppermost waterfall Dynjandi is 100 meters high. You will recognize it from quite some distance, as it is reminiscent of a bridal veil because it is 30 meters in diameter on top and 60 meters in diameter at the bottom. If you walk all the way to the top, you can stand quite near the beautiful bridal veil as the waterfall has a convenient flow and is never intimidating. Another name for this waterfall is The Mountain Fall, but Dynjandi is the original name that has also defined the names of many other places nearby, and no wonder. It means Thunderous and indeed, the nearer you get, the clearer you will hear its thundering voice.
The seven waterfalls of Dynjand
While each of the six waterfalls beneath the main waterfall on top is breathtaking, it is also the cumulative effect of the seven waterfalls that makes Dynjandi so impressive. The sound, the power, the sheer volume of water is unbelievable as you will sense when on the hiking trail. The hike up to the bridal veil and back should take about an hour and a half to two hours depending on how much you enjoy it. The names of the waterfalls from the top are; Dynjandi, Hæstahjallafoss, Strompgljúfrafoss, Göngumannfoss, Hríðsvaðsfoss, Hundafoss and Bæjarfoss (sometimes also referred to as Sjónarfoss). Each is a joy to view and enjoyment to photograph.
Take your time
It is a lovely place deep in the huge fjord Arnarfjörður and a good place to take a break when traveling the Westfjords. There is a camping site by the falls, well-established pathways, very good signage and you can walk behind one of the waterfalls Göngumannafoss, although great caution is recommended. You only have to be reasonably fit to walk from the car park to Dynjandi on top. It is a bit uphill through a combination of slopes and stairs. Still, you can stop now and then to rest while you read the signposts.
People have often wondered what gives Dynjandi its extraordinary energy. Well, across the centuries the Icelanders believed there were supernatural beings living in all the seven waterfalls. Some still believe it today as they are very hypnotic.