Dettifoss Waterfall, Asbyrgi

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Dettifoss Waterfall is thought to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe. At 100 m (328 ft) wide and 44 m (131 ft) tall, it is also one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland. Part of Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland, this natural beauty is on the popular Diamond Circle route. Walk the well-maintained footpaths to find the best viewpoints; walkways next to the waterfall allow you to get quite close. Hear the thunderous sound that this magnificent waterfall makes and feel the ground tremble under your feet. Due to the water's mist reacting with the sun, rainbows often form over the waterfall. Be respectful of any paths that are blocked off; this is most likely due to weather conditions and is for your safety. Before you head to Asbyrgi, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Asbyrgi trip maker site, to make sure you see all that Asbyrgi has to offer, including Dettifoss Waterfall.
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  • Europe's largest waterfall (by volume) is well worth a visit. You have two options. Either you follow the crowds and see the falls from the Western side, or you take the bumpy gravel road to see the.....  more
    Europe's largest waterfall (by volume) is well worth a visit. You have two options. Either you follow the crowds and see the falls from the Western side, or you take the bumpy gravel road to see the.....  more »
  • Impressive waterfall...seemed to have a perpetual and amazing rainbow over it the entire time that we were there. 
    Impressive waterfall...seemed to have a perpetual and amazing rainbow over it the entire time that we were there.  more »
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  • Dettifoss is rated as the largest and STRONGEST waterfall in Europe. The route to the fall is not very long, about 700m. The route is unique with many black rocks and magnificent view. On first day of touch down, we went to gullfoss and we were wow-ed. Today dettifoss made us even more impressed. With such gushing force and the water droplets arising from the fall was sprinkling all over our faces when we were at the top platform view. Amazing, please remember to take the WEST SIDE tar road instead of EAST SIDE rocky mountain road (which I don't even know is able to view or not because I didn't see any people on the opposite side of dettifoss 😅). Next to asbyrgi canyon. Cheers
  • I took the west side which is paved and easy driving. The view is further but gives you a face on view of the waterfall. Parking is generous and plenty of free toilets. The walk to the fall is about 1km and you can also see Selfoss from this west side not far from Dettifoss

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