Dettifoss Waterfall

Dettifoss waterfall in the north of Iceland. Photo by David Haberthür

Dettifoss is a powerful waterfall in Jökulsá glacial river in the Northeast of Iceland, 90 km from Húsavík. The waterfall is a part of Jökulsárgljúfur National Park.

Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe and the largest in terms of volume discharge. The waterfall has an average water flow of 200 cubic meters per second and up to 500 cubic meters per second at high flow.

The waterfall is 100 metres wide and has a drop of 44 meters down to  Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. Dettifoss is the largest waterfall in Iceland.

Getting to Dettifoss from Húsavík
From Húsavík to Dettifoss waterfall is only about an hour’s drive. Take road 85 from Húsavík to Ásbyrgi and drive 63 km (just past Ásbyrgi) where you take a right turn and drive 25 km on road 864 to Dettifoss. Road 864 is only open in the summer. Ask the staff at Husavik Guesthouse for advise about road conditions before you start your journey.


Jökulsá glacial river and Dettifoss waterfall: The waterfall is 100 metres wide.
Photo CC by David Haberthür. Thank you for these great photos David.