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 »
  • There are two ways to see the waterfall...either from the west side of the river or the east side. The book we used as a reference guide for much of our trip suggested seeing it from the east for a “s...  more »
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  • Bumpy road, we took route 862 because it was paved most of the way, but supposedly 864 is nicer because you can get right up next to the waterfall. It is also where the movie Prometheus shot the scene with the alien creating life on Earth.
  • We tried to get to Dettifoss via 864, passing the first road caution sign, but about 10 kilometres further down, the road was fully closed off with a sign saying road closed. At this point we turned back. From the ring road, it road signs suggest taking 862, which you can, but we had heard the views were better from this side. (May 5, 2018)
  • Biggest and unlimited water coming down.... it’s definitely a must see waterfall!
  • The road wasn’t good! You have to be really carefull! Nice view. That place has a restrooms.
  • Beautifull to see but the drive off 1 is very tricky! Worth the view but takes a 2 hour roundtrip off from 1. Is worth the drive for those who are daring!
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