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Reviewed July 23, 2019 via mobile

Amazing sights to see the power of the Dettifoss. Having researched whether west side is best or east side is best we went with the east side - and I think it was the right choice although we didn’t visit the west side so a view only.
The reasons why I think the East side was the best choice
1. East side allows you to get close to the falls
2. You can see the base of the falls and the river directly below
3. The way marked path from Dettifoss to Sellfoss takes you along the side of the river upstream from Dettifoss and allows you to walk along one side of the horseshoe of Sellfoss and provides a better vantage point for taking photos of Sellfoss. It even enables you to get up past the start of the Sellfoss falls.
4. You can also walk downstream from Dettifoss to the next waterfall downstream - again along a way marked track.

Car park is free and there are a couple of toilets available but no other facilities.

Downside - you drive along a gravel road for 30km or so to get to the East side whereas it is a tarmac road to get to the west side.

But I think the gravel track was worth it for the views. Enjoy.

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank Steve A
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Reviewed July 22, 2019

This is such an amazing thing to see- just the sheer power of the water rushing down is something to witness. It was actually frightening but so wonderous. It is not the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland, in my option, but fantastic to see.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 16, 2019

The waterfall can be approached from two sides, with tens of kilometers between so one cannot easily switch. The whole walk and surroundings are tourist friendly but make sure you bring rainproof clothing as the water is spraying in all directions. Such a force of nature that you have to experience it up close to appreciate the nature of it and right in the middle of untouched nature, as it should be. Easy hike to Selfoss, which is a totally different experience along the same river.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 14, 2019

There are many big waterfalls in Iceland, but this is one of the better ones. The hard choice here is to pick which side you want to see it from. West or east. I visited on the west side. For the west side, there are some good things and if I compare it will be like this:
1. You can see the waterfall both from the front as well as the side. The east side is more only from the side
2. You get an elevated position as well as a close up position which is good for panoramas. The east side allowes you to walk all the way to the edge but on the same level.
3. There are some platforms and ropes that provides some sort of good ground to walk on and some sort of security. East side had nothing like this.
4. There is a good, paved, road from the ring road to a good parking lot with toilets. The east side is gravel road.
5. It's a short walk from the parking to the fall, but east side is a bit shorter.
6. If you go further into the national park, west side gets uo faster to the sights.
7. If you visit Sellfoss, its only 600m away. You will not see the horseshoe fall from the west side, but you'll get a better sideways view of the fall from here. East side will see the horseshoe and get a frontal view of this fall.
8. West side gets better lighting over large parts of the day. West side will have a bit of direct front light before and around lunch but the rest of the day from behind. East will have the oposite.
9. East side is the Prometheus side - west is not.

Drones are forbidden in the area, as usual.

Date of experience: July 2019
4  Thank dgjohansson
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Reviewed July 13, 2019

Each waterfall in Iceland has its own uniqueness. Dettifoss was powerful.
GPS leads us to the East side, Road 864 which is the gravel & dusty road. From the car park, we have to trek to the waterfall. Trekking is no issue but the flies are everywhere.

Date of experience: June 2019
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