Dynjandisheiði

Westfjords, Iceland
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Dynjandisheiði, also known as Dynjandi Pass, is a mountain pass located in the Westfjords region of Iceland. The Westfjords are known for their dramatic and remote landscapes, and Dynjandisheiði is no exception. The pass is roughly 22 kilometres long and over 500 metres above sea level. It’s a part of the road network that connects the towns in the north of the Westfjords to the towns in the south. The pass offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and fjords. The terrain is characterised by large Graystone boulders and a very rugged and desolate landscape. The road itself is also a beauty; built in 1959 and has not been changed since, and until recently, no winter service was available. The Icelandic Road Administration has started to replace the old gravel road with a new asphalt road, which should be completed in 2025.

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Accessibility

In 2023, the road is rough gravel road, narrow in some places, steep and winding. Due to road works, there are some delays and parts of the road where the speed limit has been reduced.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Bad phone coverage
Poor phone coverage with frequent interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

Nearest hospital is in Ísafjörður, 63 km away in the Westfjords region. The town of Patreksfjörður is ca. 65 km away, with most services required.
Accommodation
< 30 km
Gas station
< 1 km
Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
More than 50 km away

Permits

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You need a two-way permit from the government and The Icelandic Road Administration.
Shooting permits are issued by the local government

Basecamp and facilities

There are a few offshoots by the road along the route. A few plots on the way that the road administration has made for their construction teams could be used as base camp. But best suited for basecamp is Flókalundur guesthouse and restaurant site, only 8 kilometers away from the start of the pass. The parking lot at Dynjandi waterfall on the other side is also an option.

Risk factors

The road across Dynjandisheiði can be challenging, especially in winter or adverse weather conditions. It’s important to check the weather and road conditions before embarking on this route, as it is steep and winding. A large road construction project is underway in the pass, so large vehicles and large machinery can be found on or by the road.

Visitors

During summer months, the pass is usually busier as locals travel through there between the north fjords and the south fjords. In recent years, tourists driving good rental cars also drive through the pass and tend to stop for a short while for a picture.

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