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Dettifoss, Lake Myvatn

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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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Dettifoss and many more Reykjahlid attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Reykjahlid trip itinerary planner.
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  • We had some snow storm today while visiting the two waterfalls here...the short hike from the parking lot, about 1km, was in a snow storm, there was only one trail open, but this even gave a more impr...  more »
  • Powerful and relentless spring to mind when you see this waterfall. Not the biggest but still worth the stop. I can imagine it can get busy but was quiet when we arrived  more »
  • Dettifoss was awesome. But, beware and bring crampons or good hiking boots. The entire walk (which is about 800 meters) was almost all ice. Also, driving here from Highway 1 is rough. You will most li...  more »