Dynjandi, one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls and the biggest one in the Westfjords region, is still frozen solid due to the cool spring and especially hard winter.
Hákon Ásgeirsson, wildlife ranger in the southern Westfjords region, this week visited the waterfall for the first time this year, after Dynjandisheiði road was snowplowed and opened to traffic over the weekend—though Hákon says the pass is still not suitable for cars on summer tires. Technically, spiked winter tires are illegal after April 15 each year.
The ranger took some magnificent photos of the waterfall, which he says he has never seen frozen like this before during the month of May.
“It was an extremely snowy winter,” Hákon explains about the state of the road. He adds that although it has finally stopped snowing, it is still below freezing most of the time up the mountain and there are snowdrifts in the road. The temperature at Dynjandi waterfall was probably around minus two degrees centigrade when he visited, he estimates.
He told mbl.is that he does not remember seeing so much ice in the waterfall during May before.
“There is always a bit of ice in it at this time but I can’t remember there having been so much ice it in May. And there are eight waterfalls in the river downstream of Dynjandi and that are all frozen.”
In places Dynjandisheiði road is little more than a narrow tunnel sliced through snow banks two or three times taller than the average car, which leads Hákon to advise people not to make the trip up on summer tires just yet, even though the road is technically open.
In fact, he says, he and his companions drove past a car on summer tires which was totally stuck. “When we got there it had been there already for two hours. And nobody could go back or forwards because of this car there. But we managed to push it and send it back down off the pass. So no, I wouldn’t recommend people to go there on summer tires yet.”
You can follow road conditions on vegagerdin.is. Roads marked green are completely suitable for summer tires.