Out of all of the stunning falls in Iceland, Dynjandi Waterfall is my absolute favorite!

It’s one of my top hidden gems and perfect if you’re looking to avoid the crowds at the usual tourist hotspots.

Dynjandi, or Fjallfoss as it’s known in Icelandic, is pronounced “din-yahn-dee” and means ‘thunderous.’ 

When you see it, you’ll understand why, because there isn’t only one waterfall,there are SEVEN!

Seven for the price of one – except that there is no price…just Mother Nature at her best showing off. 😉

Are you curious to know more? Dig in to discover the best time to visit, how to get there, the activities available in the area, dining options and so much more!

You better believe that anything nicknamed the Jewel of the Westfjörds is worth seeing.

Let’s get into it!

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Dynjandi Waterfall Location

Picture of the Dynjandi Waterfall and its Mini Waterfalls in the Westfjörds | Iceland with a View

Dynjandi Falls can be found between Arnarfjörður, a scenic fjord in West Iceland, and Dynjandisvogur Bay. 

It’s definitely on the road less traveled in a pretty remote location, making it a great option to escape the crowds!

It’s 37 miles (59 km) or a 45-minute drive south of Ísafjörður, a town in northwest Iceland, and all seven waterfalls have their source in Lake Stóra-Eyjavatn. 

The little seaside village of Þingeyri is a 17-mile (28 km) or 22-minute drive to Dynjandi waterfall.

Reykjavík to Dynjandi Waterfall:The most common way to get to Dynjandi is by car. The drive from Reykjavík to Dynjandi takes approximately 5 hours, covering a distance of 219 miles (352 km) and you’ll need to take road 60 to get there.

Alternatively, you could fly into the small, regional airport in Ísafjörður, and then take a tour that leaves from there or rent a car for the 45-minute drive to Dynjandi.

However, I highly recommend driving to enjoy the scenic route and check out hidden gems along the way!

Always remember to check Road.is for road closures and conditions when you plan on driving. Especially if you’re out in the Westfjörds.

If you’re keen on visiting the more secluded areas of Iceland, take a look at the post I wrote about the Westfjörds.👇

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Dynjandi Waterfall Hike

Picture of the Little Waterfalls that Complements Dynjandi Waterfall | Iceland with a View

If you only want to see the waterfalls, but are not keen on hiking there, you’ll be able to view them from the parking lot.

Dynjandi is the main waterfall at the top measuring 100m high, 60m wide at the base and 30m wide at the top.

Access: The trek to the falls is only a short 15-minute hike and fairly easy, although it is quite steep. In general, it’s a hike suitable for all ages. 

There is a walking path up the right side of the falls and on your way to the top, you’ll be able to walk behind one of the smaller waterfalls called Göngufoss.

Viewing: You’ll get a lot of vantage points where you can view the different waterfalls. It’s the perfect place to get some incredible pictures!

The whole experience should take you an hour to an hour and a half.

Pro tip: The closer you get to the main falls, the BETTER it gets. So, if you are able, please don’t just view it from the parking lot, trust me!

Dynjandi Iceland Parking & Restrooms

When you’re road-tripping, it’s important to consider the parking situation at places you visit. 

Thankfully there is a free parking lot only 15 minutes walk from the waterfalls and a restroom if you need to use one. 

If you love waterfalls as much as I do, check out my list of the top 10 waterfalls in Iceland:

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Best Time of Year to Visit Dynjandi

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I would not visit Dynjandi in winter.

The roads are already bumpy gravel roads, and with heavy snowfall in the area, they’re often closed and downright impossible to access. 

The best time of year to visit Dynjandi waterfall in Iceland is from May – October.

Plus, if you go over August and September, you may even find wild blueberries growing in the bushes. A hike and a delicious reward – Dynjandi, you seriously have it all! 😉

If you’re unsure about what kind of vehicle you’ll need for your holiday in Iceland, take a look at this post. 👇

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Dynjandi Accommodation 

The drive from Reykjavík to the Dynjandi Waterfall is a long one, and you’ll most likely be staying overnight unless you’re taking an organized tour.

The distance, remoteness, and unpredictable Icelandic weather don’t make this the ideal day trip.

Thankfully, there are places you can kick back, relax, and indulge in some genuine Icelandic hospitality!

You’ll find great accommodation options in the towns of Bíldudalur, Þingeyri and Ísafjörður.

Harbour Inn Guesthouse: Breakfast is included in your stay at this family-run guesthouse. There are also activities you can enjoy in the area, such as spending time in the village of Bíldudalur, visiting a museum, or going whale watching.

Holt Inn: This inn is incredibly peaceful and surrounded by beautiful mountain views. The property also has a playground, a good thing to keep in mind if you’re traveling with kids.

Tangs: Stay at one of the top-rated accommodations in Ísafjörður. If you plan on flying in to visit Dynjandi, the airport is only 7 km from Tangs, making it a great base to explore the area.

Camping: The closest campsites can be found in Bíldudalur and Þingeyri and it’s an excellent way to experience this remote part of the country. 

Camping is a great way to make your trip more budget-friendly. Are you interested in camping in Iceland? Find out more here.👇

➡️ READ: Iceland Camping 101: How To Plan The Perfect Icelandic Adventure

Dynjandi Dining Options

When you’re visiting Dynjandi Waterfall, food and fuel are quite a distance away, so come prepared with these when you travel.  Here are a few restaurants you may want to check out when staying in the area.

Vegamót Bíldudal: If you’re staying at the Harbour Inn Guesthouse, then Vegamót is just across the street and you can order fish and chips, hamburgers, or delicious crepes.  Looking for Scandinavian-inspired food and seafood in Bildudalur? This is the place to go. 

Simbahöllin: If the thought of amazing Belgian waffles, rhubarb jam and great coffee sounds just what you need after a day exploring Dynjandi Waterfall, then Simbahöllin coffee house is the place to be! If you’re visiting the area, then this is a must-visit spot. Just remember that they are only open from June-September.

Thai Tawee: When the craving for Thai food hits, then try Thai Tawee. Their menu includes soup, Massaman lamb curry, beef oyster, and more.  You’ll surely find something on the menu to satisfy the craving!

Pro Tip: Make sure to check availability because many places are closed during the off-season. 

Things to Do Around Dynjandi

Picture of the View of Dynjandi Waterfall at the Top | Iceland with a View

Despite the remoteness of the Westfjörds, there are quite a few activities to keep you busy when visiting the area around Dynjandi.  

The Farm Mound 

You can visit the historical remains of an old turf farm also known as Bæjarhóll. Turf houses are homes with grass roofs that Icelanders used to live in right up until the mid-20th century. You’ll be able to see Farm Mound as you get closer to Dynjandi Falls on the right side. 

Dynjandi Waterfall Tour

There are various Dynjandi tours available, but if you love charming little villages as much as I do and want to experience one of the most beautiful fjords in the country, then this tour is for you.👇

➡️ Take A Tour: SPLENDID COMBINATION – Dynjandi Waterfall & Villages


If you decide to stay in Þingeyri, Dýrafjörður is a beautiful area to explore and has become increasingly popular for cyclists.  

This is due in part to the emergence of The Westfjörds Way Challenge – an endurance race with a distance of 960 km (597 miles).

Perfect if you’re a very brave and avid cyclist!

Pro tip: You can rent fat bikes at Simbahöllin, Þingeyri’s village cafe (and indulge in their scrumptious Belgian waffles!)

Wakeboarding & Waterskiing

Have you ever tried skiing or wakeboarding surrounded by fjords? This is a fun activity that you can do at Holt Beach, only 44 km (27 miles) from Dynjandi Waterfall.

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Botanical Gardens

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With the dramatic landscapes and harsh weather in this area, a botanical garden isn’t quite what you’d expect to see!

However, Skrúður is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the country.

As you enter, you’ll see arched whalebones and gardens that feature delicate flowers, shrubs, and old trees. 

Quite a contrast to the surrounding landscapes!

Hot springs

Pollurinn hot springs are about a 4 km (2.5 miles) drive from Tálknafjörður, a tiny fishing village. 

There’s nothing quite like unwinding in a hot spring, especially when it includes the stunning backdrop of Tálknafjörður Fjord. 

Westfjörds Digital Map

If you’re looking for an epic adventure in one of Iceland’s most remote regions, away from the crowds, then the Westfjörds are calling your name!

But it can often be tricky to find good, reliable information and tips on this off-the-beaten-path location. 

That’s why I created my 👉 Westfjörds Digital Map.

Not only will you discover the main attractions, but also the hidden gems that most people overlook.

The interactive map allows you to explore the best dining spots, accommodations, and exciting hiking trails.  

Plus, it includes all the must-know places like grocery stores, rest areas, toilets… everything you need to know for a smooth trip, especially in such a remote location.

Check out what Jason has to say: 

“Jeannie’s maps are bar none the best resource to use for a trip to Iceland.”

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Westfjords Digital Map

This map for planning your Westfjords trip includes an interactive Google map with information on major attractions, hidden gems (that most tourists miss!), hot springs, restaurants, accommodation, hiking, tour + excursions, grocery stores, visitor centers, hiking trails, and Rest areas + toilets!

Make your trip to the Westfjörds and Dynjandi Waterfall one to remember.
I can’t wait to see you there!

Happy Planning,

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