Dettifoss is situated on the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum which originates as melt water from the Vatnajökull glacier as well as collecting water from a large area in north-east of Iceland. Dettifoss in Europe’s most powerful waterfall in terms of the sheer volume of water that flows over the 100 metre or 330ft drop to the gorge below.
I tried to reach Dettifoss on my previous visit Iceland. You can read about that attempt here, suffice to say, Iceland’s winter weather beat us. Given that the pictures below were taken in May and we tried to visit in February, it’s not really surprising we didn’t make it. I was glad to have been able to visit this time and hope you enjoy the pictures I brought back.
In the first picture below, I transferred a figure from the cliff in the top right of the picture to the edge of the falls on the other side of the river to give an idea of scale. You can just make them out, right on the edge. The opposite side of the river is only accessible in the summer sadly. This is where you can get really close to the river bank and the falls. I’ll have to save that for another visit.
The final photograph is of Selfoss. This waterfall is just a little upstream of Dettifoss. At just 11 metres in height, Selfoss is dwarfed by Dettifoss but a nice waterfall nonetheless. You’ve probably gathered by now, from this post and others about waterfalls in Iceland, that the Icelandic word for waterfall is foss. There are hundreds of waterfalls in Iceland so when travelling around, if you see something ‘foss’ on the map, it’s probably worth investigating. If you like waterfalls that is.. :-)