Located on the east coast of Iceland, Mjóifjörður is the name of both a small town and a fjord. The village of Mjóifjörður (Brekka) is tiny, with only 42 inhabitants.
Mjóifjörður is one of the many fjords along the eastern coastline and although it is one of the least visited, it's absolutely magnificent.
The Mjóifjörður fjord, literally “narrow fjord”, is located just south of the much more famous Seyðisfjörður fjord. If as the crow flies it's only about 15 km between the two villages, but to make the 66km by road to reach Seyðisfjörður it'll take you about an hour and a quarter. The nearest big town is Egilsstaðir, 40 km away.
To reach the fjord from Egilsstaðir, take Road number 1 heading south and turn left onto the 953, a small dirt road that's nevertheless accessible to traditional vehicles. However, the Mjóifjörður fjord is completely isolated in winter, you can only get there by boat, the 953 being closed from November until April or even May.
Mjoifjordur Fjord and Klifbrekkufossar Waterfalls
The small road runs alongside a river that cuts through beautifully lush landscapes and is worth the detour alone! The road climbs quite suddenly and steeply towards a pass where you can enjoy an absolutely splendid panorama of the fjord before descending through the Fjarðardalur and Slenjudalur valleys.
These mountain flanks appear as magnificent meadows with innumerable streams and waterfalls cascading from the top of the mountains. The small dirt road winds its way down the pass to reach the fjord after an impressive number of shoelace turns.
There are really no particular points of interest in this fjord, just the natural beauty of its landscape and the beautiful Klifbrekkufossar waterfall.
This particular waterfall is truly original as it is made up of several small cascades one after the other before settling in the valley bottom close to the road in the middle of the meadow. It is the main attraction in the area and its remote beauty is a sight to behold.
A small car park allows you to park a short walk away from the foot of the Klifbrekkufossar waterfalls.
The Mjóifjörður shipwreck - Andrew Deer @Dreamstime
A few kilometers away, where the sea begins creeping into the mouth of the fjord lies an old shipwreck that ran aground in 1966 and has been rusting quietly ever since.
From here, you can venture 15 kilometers along the north coast of the fjord to reach its end, the Dalantagi Lighthouse. Bird-watching enthusiasts enjoy this particular walk to photograph the numerous species that frequent the area.
On the road leading to the lighthouse you'll pass the only village in the fjord, Brekka, with its bustling population of 42 inhabitants.