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The most voluminous waterfall in Iceland

Dettifoss Waterfall is in Vatnajökull National Park on Jökulsá á fjöllum (Glacial Mountain River) is certainly the most voluminous waterfall in Iceland, flowing down from the mighty Vatnajökull glacier. Glacial sediment gives the water a slightly milky look and a pale gray color.

The Mighty Dettifoss

Dettifoss has the second greatest flow rate of any waterfall in Europe but it is widely regarded as the most awesome! It is impossible to be underwhelmed by the thundering sound as the falls drop 44 meters through Dettifoss. The spray generated by this volume of water has to be seen to be believed! There are many paths and hiking trails of various lengths in this area, a short walk away you will find Selfoss, another beautiful waterfall with a very different character to the thundering Dettifoss.

Dettifoss itself is overwhelmingly magnificent but there are other places of interest nearby, even though this is a remote area. Mývatn Nature Baths, where you can bathe in hot mineral rich geothermal water, are not far away. The lava formations at Dimmuborgir (meaning dark cities or castles) are hauntingly beautiful and the lunar-like and steaming geothermally active area at Námaskarð are just a couple of places which deserve a mention.

So you want to see Dettifoss and to get to know Iceland? Our 6 days around Iceland Adventure is the perfect tour for you. We organize everything and your itinerary will take you to the most amazing places around the country. You travel in a small group with a friendly and knowledgeable local guide. See Dettifoss and the very best that Iceland has to offer. Go home with truly magical one-of-a-kind memories and photographs to die for!

Where is Dettifoss located?

Dettifoss waterfall is located in North Iceland 530 km from Reykjavík. If you are traveling from Egilsstaðir in the east the distance is 163 km. Many people stay for a day or two in the north, there are certainly many other attractions in the area. From Dettifoss there are hiking trails to other magnificent waterfalls. Mývatn Nature Baths, the picturesque Lake Mývatn and Ásbyrgi canyon are all around 50 km away. Many people base themselves in the northern town of Akureyri, 151 km away, it is easy to visit Goðafoss waterfall along the way. There are many possibilities in this area, whale watching tours from Dalvík, Askja volcano crater and so much more.