This is what a number of people believe to be the most beautiful large waterfall in Iceland. Its name is Dynkur but due to damming nowadays it only gets about 40% of the normal flow of water. It is easy to imagine how magnificent that would make it. PIC Guðmundur Hörður Guðmundsson

This is what a number of people believe to be the most beautiful large waterfall in Iceland. Its name is Dynkur but due to damming nowadays it only gets about 40% of the normal flow of water. It is easy to imagine how magnificent the extra 60% would make it. PIC Guðmundur Hörður Guðmundsson

In spite of everything written about Iceland and all the wonderful Icelandic sights possible to visit there is still a whole heap of remarkable stuff here visitors usually miss out on. And could miss out on for eternity.

Among the many issues fought hard about in Iceland is if the government should dam more rivers and canyons to entice investments from foreign companies with cheap electricity. This is a very hot potato with the population pretty much split in half. Half wants more investment and half wants to protect the nature from more damming and entice travelers instead.

Last ten years or so have seen the investment group winning and the government making plans for more and more dams wherever possible. Among those are plans for a few dams high up the Thjorsa river which is the river responsible for the famous Gullfoss waterfall most visitors see on their Golden Circle tours.[blockquote type=”blockquote_line” align=”right”]No doubt, you have never heard of Dynkur[/blockquote]

Gullfoss is certainly one of Iceland´s most beautiful falls but would you be surprised to know that further up the same river one can still view the remnants of what many locals considered THE most magnificent large waterfall in the country. We use past tense since that waterfall, called Dynkur, is but a shadow of its former state. Dams have already limited the flow there by 60%. But Dynkur is still pretty impressive. Indeed, it is not very different from Gullfoss.

No doubt, you have never heard of Dynkur. Reason being there is no road leading to Dynkur like Gullfoss. To get here one has to make some effort. And there might be an excellent reasons to make that effort soon. Further damming is planned around these parts which will all but kill off all the flow in Dynkur waterfall.

Sadly, Dynkur is not the only beutiful waterfall to vanish if plans become reality. Another quite beautiful is Gljufurleitarfoss. Both of which can be seen in this video below taken by the local environment association Landvernd.

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