Dynjandi Waterfall & Vigur Island

Jul 27, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer

Our second full day in Iceland was spent visiting one of the most precious natural treasures of northwest Iceland—Dynjandi. Guests visited a series of waterfalls cascading from a total high of 300 meters (690 feet) above sea level. The biggest one, Fjallfoss, sits at the very top and it looks exactly as a bridal veil. At the top, it is 90 feet across but widens up to 180 feet at the bottom. There are other six waterfalls below Dynjandi, which most of our guests were able to enjoy as they climbed a path for a closer look.

In the afternoon, we visited a small island called Vigur. This peaceful place is the nesting ground for several species of birds. The most important of them, at least for the owners of the island, is the eider duck. They have utilized this species for decades as a source of protein (eggs) and collected the down left at prefabricated nests when the birds depart after a successful breeding season. These nests were created specifically to lure the birds into their lands and it has worked quite successfully for more than 100 years. The whole system of collection and processing was explained to our guests by the owners of the island, and after the tour, we enjoyed delicious local cakes baked by the islanders.

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Javier Cotin


Javier 's passion for birds and nature began as a child exploring the Pyrenees mountains with his father. The mystery that surrounds the Lammergeier silhouette triggered his curiosity and interest towards wildlife. Javier studied biology in Spain and Norway, and was awarded his PhD at the University of Barcelona in 2012, titled “Birds as bioindicators of pollution in terrestrial and aquatic environments”. Within it he mainly studied the trophic ecology and pollution levels of land and waterbirds, with a particular focus on how human activities affect bird populations and dynamics. His work provided important information for conservation management of wetlands and terrestrial habitats and the species that utilize them.

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