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 Lake Myvatn, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Lake Myvatn trip maker site , to make sure you see all that Lake Myvatn has to offer, including Dettifoss.
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  • Even on a rainy and windy day we were able to enjoy the beauty of this place. Be ready for a good walk from the parking lot. I found the smaller waterfall Selfoss much easier to photograph and prettie...  more »
  • This waterfall can be seen from east and west sides. The eastern side, which I think offers better view than the east, can be reached via Route 864, which is unsealed and quite bumpy. From the parking...  more »
  • Beautiful waterfall. This one doesn’t yet have the ropes and platforms of some other Icelandic waterfalls. The drive there is on a dirt road and can take some time.
  • This waterfall is so powerful and so big it looks like it is flowing in slow motion.
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