Like any committed culture vulture will have you know, the architecture of a region tells multiple stories on a singular platform: stories of survival and ingenuity, of making the most of the raw materials available in that geography and time, of progress and hope and of man’s eternal quest to make himself a little more
Dynjandi Waterfall & Hrafnseyrarheidi
• The Dynjandi waterfall, a majestic icon of the Westfjords
• Fjord landscape of Onundarfjordur and Arnarfjordur
• Scenic Dyrafjordur and the town of Thingeyri
• The Hrafnseyrarheidi mountain pass with spectacular views
• Optional: The charming Hrafnseyri farm, the birthplace of Jon Sigurdsson
• Optional: The town of Flateyri and the charming Kaffi Sol
• Optional: The narrow and deep Sugandafjordur and the town of Sudureyri
• Optional: Skrudur botanical garden
• Optional: The rugged drive / hike to the Sandafell mountain top
We start the tour by driving straight to Dynjandi via the new tunnel at the bottom of Dyrafjordur. The tunnel exits in the Dynjandisvogur creek of Arnarfjordur after which the waterfall is named.
A series of 7 waterfalls falling like a bridal veil from the edge of a cliff, Dynjandi is breathtaking. The river originates from the Eyjavatn lake in the Glama moors, which were home to the now extinct Glamajokull glacier.
We stop for an hour so you can enjoy the waterfall and scenic landscape. It is possible to take the short hike for a closer look at the top tier and spectacular views of the fjord and surrounding mountains.
On the way back, we take the longer route through a steep mountain pass, charming fishing villages and some of the most beautiful fjords in Iceland.
At 30kms long, Arnarfjordur is one of the longest fjords in Iceland and is well known in folklore for being home to sea monsters. There is a museum dedicated to these mysterious creatures at Bildudalur, a town on the other side of the fjord.
Dyrafjordur is rich in flora, fauna, history and geological marvels and home to the town of Thingeyri, one of the oldest settlements in the Westfjords. It is here where the regional Viking assembly (or “thing”) was held and the first trading post of the Westfjords was established.
The Haukadalur farmstead ahead of the town is the setting for many events in the Gisli saga, a classic outlaw saga from the 9th and 10th century.
The Hrafnseyrarheidi mountain pass connects Arnarfjordur and Dyrafjordur and is open only in the summer. Before the opening of the new tunnel in autumn 2020, this treacherous route was the only connection between the Northern and Southern Westfjords.
The mountain range between Dyrafjordur and Arnarfjordur is referred to as the Westfjords Alps and we will stop briefly to enjoy the impressive mountain and fjord views.
It is possible to add extra time to your tour to stop at some of the places if you are interested.
Geologically considered to be the oldest part of Iceland, Onundarfjordur has a unique golden beach and dune system that are a protected eider duck nesting site. It is possible to take a detour to the charming town of Flateyri at the mouth of the fjord.
The Kaffi Sol farm has a delightful cafe where you can taste local specialties and learn about the “harðfiskur“ (dried fish) produced there.
For smaller groups with a 4X4, we can take the rugged trail to the top of the Sandafell mountaintop overlooking Thingeyri. The views of the fjord and ocean are spectacular.
With extra time, it is also possible to hike there.
We can visit the Hrafnseyri farm, the home of Hrafn Sveinbjarnason, a legendary chieftain spoken of in the Icelandic Sagas, but better known for being the birthplace of Jon Sigurdsson. Jon was the leader of the Icelandic independence movement and a founding father of the country, and his birthday is celebrated as the National Day.
Opened in 1909, Skrudur is one of Iceland’s oldest botanical gardens and an example of successful horticulture in such northern climates. It boasts of a variety of flora and a gate made from the jawbones of a blue whale.
The tunnel between Isafjordur and Onundarfjordur forks off midway to the narrow and deep Sugandafjordur fjord. The town of Sudureyri at the tip of the fjord was one of the most isolated before the tunnel was made in 1996.
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