Dynjandi

Day 56. 23rd August, near Bildudalir to Ísafjörður, Iceland (Vestfirðir or West Fjords).

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This is eight or ten kilometres on from from the waterfall near Bildudalir that we saw in the previous post.  It’s another branch of the fjord and you can see where it is in the following map because it’s the only place you can get a view straight out to the mouth of the fjord.  The next two images after the map are from a similar location.

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Dynjandi

The map shows the drive for the afternoon from the waterfall and machinery dump in the previous post through to Ísafjörður.  However, the weather closed in after Dynjandi so there is only one image after that point, from the approach to Þingeyri  (= Thingeyri).

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View up fjord

This is likely the same view that Flóki Vilgerðarson saw of Arnarfjörður in 871 except that then he was at the top of a mountain and the fjord was filled with ice.

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The following images show the austere beauty of the sparse Vestfirðir landscape.  They are in chronological order as is the case with most posts.  I won’t attempt to locate them more specifically than the vague position you can infer from the map (before Dynjandi).

The road I am travelling on is impassable in winter.  You can click on any of the images if you want to see a larger version.

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This is now our first sighting of the Dynjandi series of waterfalls.

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Dynjandi.

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The falls are overall about one hundred metres high.

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After Dynjandi, the weather closed in.  This is a view somewhat later looking through the rain and fog towards Þingeyri.  The fjord you are looking at is Dýrafjörður, setting for Gisla’s Saga, a complex tale of murder and revenge featuring Gisli Sturrson and set in the tenth century.  There is a useful summary here but there’s nothing like reading the full saga which you can find here.

Further on again, approaching Ísafjörður, I encountered probably the freakiest driving condition I have experienced.  Driving into a tunnel, I found myself in a one-lane tunnel with traffic in both directions.  The headlights of oncoming vehicles were directly ahead in the darkness.  Every so often, there is a passing bay so that vehicles travelling in a particular direction (I think, North) can pull over and let oncoming traffic through.

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Bildudalir

Day 56.  23rd August, Breiðavik to Bildudalir, Iceland (Vestfirðir or West Fjords).

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This is at Breiðavik where I had stayed overnight (note: ð in Icelandic is pronounced as th).  The road circling around to the right is the main road.  The road to the left is to the bird cliffs of Latrabjerg.  I had read about the huge flocks of puffins there but by this time they had all left due to lack of availability of sand eels, their main food source.  I did drive there but after talking to another photographer, didn’t climb up the cliffs there and took no photographs.  I didn’t see a puffin in Iceland; just as well I’d got lots of photographs at Mingulay over a month before.

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The route for this post.

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at Breiðavik.

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Distant view of Bildudalir (the town) and Suðirfirðir (the fjord) behind it.

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Bildudalir.

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Bildudalir.

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About ten kilometres south of Bildadular, I came across this waterfall.  The small shed must be the water supply and/ or electricity supply for the nearby farmhouses.  Following images are of or near the waterfall.

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Looking back at the farm buildings and my vehicle.  it was parked some distance away so as not to impede other vehicles although I then discovered a parking place just before the waterfall.

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Just past the waterfall there was a cache of dead vehicles and machinery that I found irresistible, especially in the context of such a wild and remote landscape.

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