Dyrafjordur fjord is a beautiful narrow fjord with a majestic mountain range and rich flora, close to Isafjordur town. Thingeyri village is located in Dyrafjordur fjord. The fjord is more than 30 kilometers long and about ten kilometers wide, at its widest.
Dyrafjordur is narrow and long, accentuating the majesty of the surrounding mountains. The highland area between the fjords of Dyrafjordur and Arnarfjordur, to the south, is often referred to as the Alps of the Westfjords. High mountains surround the fjord, making it especially beautiful.
Dyrafjordur and Gisla saga
The fjord is the setting of one of the Icelandic sagas, Gisla Saga, which tells about the outlaw Gisli Sursson. In the saga the name of the fjord, Dýrafjörður, was given by one of the fjords first settlers, Dýri. He lived in a farm called Hálsar. Yet there are many that believe that the original name of the fjord was Dyrafjörður, meaning the fjord with the doors. This is due to two mountains, mt. Sandfell and mt. Myrarfell, stand at the mouth of the fjord, making it look like a doorway.
The Saga, Gisla saga, on the other hand is quite interesting. It takes place for most parts in Dyrafjordur. It is a true murder mystery, and of course there are a few fights, runic magic and politics, it has everything a good saga needs.
Dyrafjordur in winter
In the winter time the sun disappears for weeks and the Northern lights reign supreme in the darkened night sky, often offering a splendid display of vibrant, dancing colors. The fjord opens to north and it often snows heavily there in winter. This makes the fjord even more serene and pristine. Many locals believe Dyrafjord to be one of the most beautiful fjords in Iceland.
Check out our complete guide to the Westfjords.