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In some unexpected places in Iceland, you can find a small spot that sticks out, even a small oasis.  One of these locations is Fossabrekkur near the turn to Fjallabaksleið Nyrðri and Dómadalsleið Highland road where two small rivers meet by the source of the river Rangá.  It is located at the root of the volcano Hekla not far from the waterfalls Tröllkonuhlaup.  The area is a vast spread of sand and volcanic ash with some creeks and rivers.  In the middle of nowhere as it seems, you will find this refreshing oasis, Fossabrekkur.  What makes it interesting is the beauty of this small spot.   At a small slope by the river, a collection of vegetation has found roots around a few small waterfalls leaking down the slope. Like many waterfalls in a horizontal position, not like Klifbrekkufossar in the East and Dynjandi at the Westfjords where the many waterfalls are in a vertical position.  And this is what makes it so interesting, the vegetation and the clear water.  On a good day, the blue sky only enhances the beauty and calmness of this spectacular place.

It is a good idea to stop at Fossabrekkur in summer

Although someone put a sign on the road pointing to this interesting place doesn’t mean that it is always interesting.  We can only recommend that you visit this place from the beginning of June until the end of August.  It is not a place you want to visit during winter even though some of the nearby places like Þjófafoss can be interesting during winter.  This is also a great place to stop for a picnic if you are driving to Landmannalaugar or starting your journey through the North Fjallabak road.

How to drive to Fossabrekkur

The road is more or less the same from Reykjavík as driving to the start of Landmannaleið or Nyrðri Fjallabak. When you drive from Reykjavík you look out for the road Landvegur Nr. 26 after you pass the bridge on the mighty river Þjórsá on the Ring Road Nr. 1.  You need to drive approximately 50 kilometers north, and by the mountain Búrfell, you will find the sign to Fossabrekkur.   When you have made your stop it is recommended to go on F225 and continue on Landmannaleið and along the way you can stop at some fascinating places like Rauðifoss, Ljótipollur and of course Landmannalaugar.  But remember that for this road we recommend a good 4X4 vehicle. 

 

In the middle of nowhere as it seems, you will find this refreshing oasis, Fossabrekkur.

Iceland is packed with waterfalls. So if you are a waterfall fanatic or if you just love to visit magnificent waterfalls you should take a trip to Iceland. If you travel around the country on your own time in a rent a car or a camper, you will run into a waterfall sooner than later.

10 most impressive, interesting, most beautiful stunning and best waterfalls in Iceland

 

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. For anyone visiting Dynjandi it is important to stay on the path and not walk outside the marked track. 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. 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. 

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Rauðisandur - Vatnsfjörður - Hellulaug - Flókalundur - Patreksfjörður - Þingeyri

Dynjandi waterfall in the Westfjords in Iceland