Dettifoss, Lake Myvatn

Dettifoss is thought to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe. At 100 m (328 ft) wide and 44 m (131 ft) tall, it is also one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland. Part of Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland, this natural beauty is on the popular Diamond Circle route. Walk the well-maintained footpaths to find the best viewpoints; walkways next to the waterfall allow you to get quite close. Hear the thunderous sound that this magnificent waterfall makes and feel the ground tremble under your feet. Due to the water's mist reacting with the sun, rainbows often form over the waterfall. Be respectful of any paths that are blocked off; this is most likely due to weather conditions and is for your safety. Before you head to Reykjahlid, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Reykjahlid trip maker site , to make sure you see all that Reykjahlid has to offer, including Dettifoss.
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  • A 1km trek in the snow from the carpark leads to the viewing spot for Dettifoss. Visitors are required to follow the marked paths as there are protected flora underneath the snow. We saw someone getti...  more »
  • We went there on March. We have to walk 1 km to get there... the way to get fhere was a bit long.. the waterfall was big and powerful... Too bad water was so Black! Not so nice as I thought.  more »
  • Dettifoss is Europe's most powerfull waterfall. It is 45 meter high and 100 meter wide, and 500 cubic meter water fall over the edge every second. That causes a lot of spray, as you can see on one of ...  more »
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  • This is a massive waterfall! I could not believe how much spray came off of this waterfall. We really enjoyed our time here. However, we felt the best part of this area was Selfoss, which is a little ways upriver form Dettifoss. If you are able to walk there, do it. It's a very unique waterfall.
  • Very cool waterfall right off 1 road. If your doing the ring. It’s a convenient and amazing stop! Small gas station near by!
  • How can you not give 5 stars to this nature sight. It is absolutely breathtaking - beautifully set in the surrounding landscape. Drive there, it‘s worth every mile driven to it.
  • So big and powerful . You can just feel the energy flowing there . A must see in Iceland .
  • Absolutely amazing! Really great place. Not that many tourists as at Gullfoss. Perhaps because you will have to hike a while to reach the rim.
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