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Dettifoss waterfall

Lake Myvatn, Iceland
+354 558 8888
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Lake Myvatn, Iceland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

So dettifoss is the strongest waterfall in Europe so it is a must see. It is a bit off the beaten path and when you get there is a bit of a walk to get to and you can also walk to selfoss from there...More

1  Thank justina h
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Truly amazing, never seen rock formations as such. Easy enough short walk, be prepared, may get socked by the mist in the air.

Thank Matthew T
Reviewed 3 days ago

very impressive but you do have to drive a bit off the ring road to get to it. Well worth the drive. Also, a short hike to get to it so be prepared.

Thank Creditking
Reviewed 4 days ago

Take the newly paved road and you will have no drama in getting here. Dettifoss is magnificent, of course. If you have the time in this area, do see both Dettifoss and Selfoss. If you have time for only one, and the energy for a...More

2  Thank Harrison_F_Carter
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What a waterfall. You have to there from the west via the 862. The best views and paths to see the waterfalls

Thank Bjoern C
Reviewed 6 days ago

We made the mistake of taking the dirt road to the falls rather than the paved road to the other side. Road was terrible. But when we got there, we were rewarded with great views of a great waterfall. However, Iceland has so many spectacular...More

1  Thank Gary S
Reviewed 6 days ago

It's quite a trek out from Myvatn, and then another 24Km along a dirt track to the east side. The canyon is pretty impressive, although the falls were not especially gorgeous. To be honest I found Gulfoss more impressive. Not sure I'd make a special...More

Thank TravellingHappily
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a must-see. Not one of Iceland's biggest but one of the most beautiful ones. It is also closely linked to the Icelandic saga. As the story goes the main heathen priests threw his idol into the waterfall thus marking the beginning of Christianity...More

Thank RagnarKG
Reviewed 1 week ago

In my opinion more spectacular than Gulfoss in the South. You get really close so be prepared to get wet!

Thank lorna h
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another of the great waterfalls of Iceland. It is a must see. Great hiking trails and easy to hike them as well. Winds are not as strong here. Can get some really great pics and easy to get down to the waters edge using the...More

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deborah r
how far of a walk is it to get to the waterfall? do you need hiking boots?
30 May 2017|
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Response from Kevin W | Reviewed this property |
It was a bit slippery last month but nothing to really stop anyone from taking a short hike that took us around 20 minutes at an easy pace. There is also a path that cuts off to the right that takes you towards Selfoss (the... More
We will be traveling to this site during the third week in May. Will we encounter midges or other insects? If so, how bothersome are they and what repellents are used. Thank you.
29 March 2017|
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Response from Ples R | Reviewed this property |
While I was there I did not encounter any bugs or insects. Iceland was actually pretty bug free when I was there in August, but that might be different when you go. With the amount of mist in the air I doubt you will run... More
Hi! I'm planning to visit Dettifoss this Feb and I would like to know which side has a better view Rt862 or Rt864?
1 February 2017|
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Response from Stef4115 | Reviewed this property |
Which ever is on the east side will give you a beautiful view of dettifoss, but please also plan on hiking the 1 Km up river to Selfoss which is a beautiful falls and only properly viewed from the east side. If your on the... More