Dynjandi Waterfall & Vigur Island

Jul 28, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer


This morning we woke to the ship surrounded in fog. About half of the guests were planning to go on a longer walk along the coast to Dynjandi Waterfall but we couldn’t even see the coastline at this point! To make things a little easier, the bridge team raised the anchor and brought the ship a little closer to shore then dropped the Zodiacs and almost straight away the morning fog started to burn off and we started to see the shore and the hiking drop-off point. Within 15 minutes everyone wishing to go hiking was ashore and on their way while the rest of the guests had a more leisurely breakfast and watched the ship sail up the fjord to Dynjandi Waterfall, by which time the sun was out and it was a pretty beautiful warm day!

Everyone was quickly brought ashore and then marched off to walk up the waterfall, or series of waterfalls as there are several really beautiful smaller ones below the large dominating waterfall.

By 11:30 a.m. everyone was once again back on board for Karen the National Geographic photographer to give a presentation describing the use of light in her images. Lunch was served followed by a talk by Ragna, our Icelandic guest speaker on board who discussed Iceland’s relation with its energy resources and the technology developed to remove CO2 from the atmosphere to turn it into rock—a very exciting prospect!

At 4 p.m. we had a BBQ on the back deck, for any feeling like they hadn’t yet eaten enough! Although it was a good idea to have a hot dog at this point because we then had a long evening visiting Vigur island, a beautiful island which is famous for harvesting eider down feathers whilst not upsetting or harming the birds.

After the BBQ we toured the island, visiting the busy tern site to get to the far end of the island. Most of the eiders have now left so the busy season of collecting down had come to an end for the workers on the island. Unfortunately it was raining in the afternoon, although completely flat calm which was a rather nice experience. After everyone was back on board, the ship raised her anchor and headed to Isafjordur for the evening.

And were we diving today?

Yes we were!

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About the Author

Peter Webster

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Born in Scotland, Peter became fascinated with nature and wildlife from a very young age. This early interest led to him earning a degree in conservation biology followed shortly after by an M.Sc in marine and fisheries ecology. He is currently studying for another M.Sc in digital mapping. After working as a commercial diver for several years Peter was offered the position of Field Diving Officer with the British Antarctic Survey in 2012. He then spent the next 16 months in the Antarctic, stationed at Rothera Research Station, on the peninsula where he managed the dive operations and a team of scientific divers working on a wide range of research on climate change, ocean acidification, and increased seabed disturbance by icebergs. As well as diving Peter also spent several months in the Antarctic deep field working in aircraft operations, depot laying, and meteorological work whilst living in tents in conditions below -30oC. 

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