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Dettifoss

Marvel at the dynamism of nature at this waterfall, which is the highlight in a series of chutes along the river.

Dettifoss is a powerful tour de force with an extraordinary rush of foamy water spiraling down a cliff. The roaring waterfall drops a distance of 147 feet (45 meters) and has a width of 328 feet (100 meters). Hike around the picturesque region to reach the waterfall and admire its vastness.

Arrive at the impressive waterfall and descend the footpath on the eastern bank of the Jökulsá River. Take care not to stray from the path, as the area is slippery and dangerous. Rainbows often appear above the cliff when rays of sunshine combine with the spray of the water.

Capture photos of the rocky terrain engulfed by this sweeping waterfall. Marvel at its sheer brute force and size, as the water delves into the canyon below. The chute has a milky color, which owes its hue to the sediments of the melted water of the Vatnajokull Glacier.

Cross the river to experience the view of the falls from various angles. Be careful, as there are no guardrails to prevent you from falling into the abyss. The base of the waterfall is inaccessible and hidden in a cloud of mist. The eastern bank is more popular because it has a more accessible road. Clamber over the rocks and mossy cliffs in the intriguing terrain that surrounds the waterfall.

Visit the nearby waterfall of Selfoss, a short distance upstream. Walk along the charming path that connects the two waterfalls. Downstream is the medium-sized Hafragilsfoss.

Dettifoss is part of the Vatnajökull National Park and is 73 miles (118 kilometers) east of the waterfall of Godafoss in northern Iceland. By car, it is 30 minutes south of Skinnastadur and 6 or 7 hours east of Reykjavik. Park at the lot on the eastern bank of the Jökulsá River from the road that passes through Hólssandur.


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Grímstunga Guesthouse
Grímstunga Guesthouse

Grímstunga Guesthouse

Grímstunga 1, Myvatn, Northeast Region
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is within 25 miles (40 km) of Dettifoss, Namafjall and Hverarondor Hverir. Myvatn Nature Baths and Leirhnjukur are also within 32 miles (52 km).

    Nordic Natura
    Nordic Natura

    Nordic Natura

    Meiðavellir Farm (Road 85), Skinnastadur
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Skinnastadur, this golf cabin is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Asbyrgi and 6.6 mi (10.6 km) from Jokulsargljufur National Park. Dettifoss is 19.2 mi (30.9 km) away.

      Nordic Natura 1. Ásbyrgi National Park. Home Away From Home. Amazing View
      Nordic Natura 1. Ásbyrgi National Park. Home Away From Home. Amazing View

      Nordic Natura 1. Ásbyrgi National Park. Home Away From Home. Amazing View

      Road 85 (gps coordinates:N 66.03229° W, 16.51960°) Nordic Natura / Meidavellir, Kopasker
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Skinnastadur, this romantic apartment building is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Asbyrgi and 6.6 mi (10.6 km) from Jokulsargljufur National Park. Dettifoss and Tjornes Lighthouse are also within 25 miles (40 km).

        Icelandair Hotel Myvatn CA $140
        Icelandair Hotel Myvatn

        Icelandair Hotel Myvatn

        Reynihlid, Myvatn, Northeast Region
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Myvatn Nature Baths and within 6 miles (10 km) of Namafjall and Hverfjall Crater. Hverarondor Hverir and Dimmuborgir are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Nordic Natura 2. Ásbyrgi National Park. Amazing View. Home Away From Home
          Nordic Natura 2. Ásbyrgi National Park. Amazing View. Home Away From Home

          Nordic Natura 2. Ásbyrgi National Park. Amazing View. Home Away From Home

          Road 85. Gps coordinates: N 66.03229° W, 16.51960° Nordic Natura /Meidavellir, Kopasker, Nordurthing
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Skinnastadur, this historic cottage is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Asbyrgi and 6.6 mi (10.6 km) from Jokulsargljufur National Park. Dettifoss and Tjornes Lighthouse are also within 25 miles (40 km).

            Nordic Natura 3. Ásbyrgi National Park. Amazing View. Home Away From Home
            Nordic Natura 3. Ásbyrgi National Park. Amazing View. Home Away From Home

            Nordic Natura 3. Ásbyrgi National Park. Amazing View. Home Away From Home

            Nordic Natura /Meidavellir, Gps coordinates: N 66.03229° W 16.51960°, Skinnastadur, Northeastern Region
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Skinnastadur, this historic apartment building is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Asbyrgi and 6.6 mi (10.6 km) from Jokulsargljufur National Park. Dettifoss and Tjornes Lighthouse are also within 25 miles (40 km).

              Fosshotel Myvatn CA $128
              Fosshotel Myvatn

              Fosshotel Myvatn

              Grímsstaoir, Skutustaoahreppur, Myvatn
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Myvatn Nature Baths, Namafjall and Hverfjall Crater. Hverarondor Hverir and Dimmuborgir are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                Eldá Guesthouse CA $87
                Eldá Guesthouse

                Eldá Guesthouse

                Helluhraun 9, Myvatn
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the waterfront, this guesthouse is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Myvatn Nature Baths and within 6 miles (10 km) of Namafjall and Hverfjall Crater. Hverarondor Hverir and Dimmuborgir are also within 6 miles (10 km).