Saying that Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe, with its massive 193 cu meters of water thundering from the height of 44m every single second, doesn’t express the mightiness. Saying that you hear the rumble and see the spray of the water from up to 1km away, that on a sunny day glittering single and double and concentric rainbows shine all over doesn’t do justice to the gloriousness.
The only way to understand and feel the sublime and fearsome power of nature that Dettifoss emanates is standing in front of it, observing its wall of water.
The waterfall can be approached both from the western and the eastern side of the canyon dug by the Jökulsá á Fjöllum. From the West the full face of Dettifoss can be seen, from the East you would get really close to the water and have a side view.
Either side make sure you have plenty of time to spend in front of the most shiny and precious jewel of the Diamond Circle‘s crown. Get lost watching the dark water falling down over and over, get mesmerized by the perfection and the fury of a herd of hundreds of milky-gray wild horses at an endless steep vertical gallop. Let your thoughts be dragged by them, down to the bottomless and invisible fall, for a moment. That moment is going to stay with you, forever.
How to get here:
If you want to reach the eastern side and are coming from road n.1 (either from Mývatn or Egilsstaðir) reach the junction with road n.864 and drive North for 32km.
If you want to reach the eastern side and are coming from road n.85 (either from Húsavík or Melrakkaslétta) reach junction with road n.864 and drive South for 27km.
If you want to reach the western side and are coming from road n.1 (either from Mývatn or Egilsstaðir) reach the junction with road n.862 and drive North for 24km on a freshly paved road.
If you want to reach the western side and are coming from Ásbyrgi drive South on rough road n.862 for 39km and make sure you make a proper stop at Hljóðaklettar and Vesturdalur.