Dettifoss waterfall Iceland

Dettifoss waterfall, in North Iceland, is famous as the most powerful waterfall in Europe and just to stand close enough to feel the surrounding rocks in a constant state of vibration confirms this fact. As a photo location it works so much better from the West side (thankfully, you don’t have to pay to view it from the West side any more). But getting to the East side of Dettifoss waterfall is a very uncomfortable journey in a regular car.


The mighty Dettifoss waterfall Iceland is accompanied by two other substantial waterfalls. Selfoss is a few kilometres south and Hafragilsfoss is a few kilometres north. Dettifoss and Selfoss and accessible providing that care is taken to traverse the rugged terrain. Marked trails can be found to assist you. The waterfalls can be access from both sides of the river, although the road on the west side is a track requiring a mountain vehicle. Smaller cars are often seen stranded on these tough roads.

Because it is north facing and in a northern location, the midnight sun can be your best friend. Be sure to spend a night there midsummer for the best light.

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Photo tours that could include Dettifoss

Four day North Iceland

This 4 day North Iceland photo tour aims to capture the brilliant Goðafoss waterfall in its Winter glory as well as other amazing features in the Myvatn area.

Seven day Full Circle

Iceland has a rich variety of landscapes and seascapes and this tour is designed to enhance that variety & capture Iceland’s full diversity.

Summer: Northern Giants

This Iceland photo tour crosses vast stony deserts with mountain tracks to Iceland’s wildest geothermal hot-spots & the best North Iceland features.

Dettifoss My Enricher

Dettifoss waterfall so thunderous to my ears and feet
Before the edge the calmness of river
Before the icy waters face their plummeting doom
The plundered gallons shake the ground with a tribal beat
And like the word ‘Pounding’, there is
No point pretending Dettifoss is a gentle giant
By A.C.Brackley

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