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Dettifoss Waterfall

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We saw during our stay in Iceland. Dettifoss is magnificent waterfall, better when eastern part\road is open

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank ditulleta
Reviewed 6 days ago

Lots of falls in Iceland. More spectacular then ones closer to southeast area. Its a ways off the road ( about 25 Km) and you'd never expect what was there. Landscape is flat and then becomes rocky. Little bit of a walk and BAM there...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Linda B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth drive and walk to see this foss ! Spectacular . Good walking track and viewing areas to see falls . Picnic tables in parking area .

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank RobynH169
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This waterfall is a must-see when travelling in this area. It is the most powerful waterfall in Europe and absolutely stunning. There is an 800 m walk to get to the falls, which cascade along a length of 100 m and have a drop of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bartonbears
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I read reviews about knee-deep snow in May and I can believe it! We went mid-April and the snow was thawing leaving tons of spots where rubber boots would've come in handy. If you have them...wear them. I only had hiking shoes and I had...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Heather K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took route 862 in April which was luckily open, despite snow but we had been monitoring the road in the run up to our trip. The road is an easy drive and takes you to a car park which is approximately 15 minutes from...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Difficult to find, but well worth the effort. Access is a little primitive, so the fahionista’s should reconsider because their walking shoes will get grubby

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank gsflhrc
Reviewed April 14, 2019

Quite a drive to get to Dettifoss. Once there we found the paths snowy and icy...ok for us, but others struggled. Very powerful waterfall, it certainly has presence. At this time it appeared to be ‘dirty’ water, certainly not as picturesque as most others, but...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Jude L
Reviewed April 13, 2019

Powerful waterfall with a safe viewing area. Not as picturesque as Gullfoss or Godafoss. Probably a better view from the opposite side but that is not practicable.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank sparky05
Reviewed March 29, 2019 via mobile

We visited here on our trip around Iceland. It's a bit of a drive to get there with access only from the south in winter from the ring road. The scale of it is quite something to see. It's a short walk from the car...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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March 5, 2019|
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Response from SueH4 | Reviewed this property |
You could see most of it in an hour but we enjoyed sitting and watching the water too! There was no charge for parking and some (not very nice) toilets near the car park.
February 20, 2019|
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Response from peter2780 | Reviewed this property |
If you want to photograph Dettifoss from the best angle, the EAST side is the best. If you want to be able to drive comfortably to Dettifoss, the WEST side is the best.
June 26, 2018|
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Response from AmyC6404 | Reviewed this property |
Easy walk! Tho not wheelchair accessible. You will walk down some steps. Then walk across rocks for maybe 10 minutes.