Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Iceland  /  Northeast Region  /  Lake Myvatn  /  Nature  /  Dettifoss
Dettifoss, Lake Myvatn
(4.8/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full Reykjahlid itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Reykjahlid

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Lake Myvatn by other users

12 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM POLAND May, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM FRANCE August, outdoors, beaches, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Northeast Region BY A USER FROM INDIA December, kids, relaxing, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, kids, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 10 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM MEXICO May, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 12 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM MEXICO May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 9 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 22 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE June, kids, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Portugal, Norway & Iceland BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 32 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA November, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: November, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Falls impress by their flow, not specifically by their height or their width. We came by car from tourism by the left bank (we had unfortunately no choice). The parking lot, to still walk 10 minutes to reach Dettifoss and enjoy a good dose of spray. The landscape is desert. There is no vegetation and the canyon dug by the river is impressive. You can contemplate the fall from various points of view, but to attend the best show, come by the other side. And to Selfoss, a few hundred meters upstream, it's even more obvious: since the left bank, we see almost nothing. I was still disappointed by the falls, but not by the landscapes surrounding them.
    View original
  • Well worth the trip and hike to the falls. Allow at least an hour here and if you hike to Sellfoss you need more time. Not wheelchair accessible. About a 15 minute walk to the canyon and view of the f...  more »
  • If you want to have a sense of the power of nature is not from perderere. Truly disturbing. Within easy reach.
    View original
Google
  • Dettifoss is the most beautiful waterfall in all of Iceland. It's very impressive and the water vapor often creates a rainbow above the waterfall. The path to get there is very bad, though, in May at least. The path was flooded over a large part and we had to figure a way around.
  • Dettifoss is one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe. It is a very impressive sight as both the fall and the volume is extensive. It is often disputed which side is more impressive. My opinion after visiting the fall many times is the east side. Anyway both sides are impressive and it is more than worth it if you are traveling the ring road to take the loop and visit Dettifoss.
  • The road leading here was horrendous. Tons of bumps, wash-boarded surface, and gravel everywhere. But the actual gorge is huge and impressive. The waterfalls are definitely in my top 3 of Iceland, higher than Gullfoss. Bathrooms, free entrance, and free parking are also great.
  • Route 862 is paved road and 10mins walk from parking lot - view is like Niagara @ Canadian side so can see fully. Route 864 is gravel(bumpy) road parking close to foss - view is like Niagara @ US side so you can get close to foss. I went there at very harsh weather windy & snowy in Sept but foss itself is a blast. There is another fall nearby called Selfoss you might want to see it as well.
  • Europe's largest waterfall. Amazing views and cool to see such a powerful waterfall! We spent less than 30 minutes here - mostly taking photos and enjoying the views.