Dettifoss waterfall

The unpaved road to Dettifoss waterfall

Located in the Northeastern Region of Iceland, Dettifoss waterfall is said to be the second most powerful waterfall in Europe measured by volume of water.

How do you get to Dettifoss waterfall?

Tucked away within the Vatnajökull National Park in the north of Iceland, the road to the waterfall is totally unpaved. It’s called Dettifoss Road. It’s a nasty corrugated gravel road, incredibly dusty. The road has a lot of potholes. It’s navigable by passenger vehicles in good conditions but a 4x4 vehicle is recommended. The conditions of gravel roads in the country can vary, so travelers need to be aware of road conditions at all times and adjust driving speed to the conditions. The drive offers stunning views running through a lunar landscape. Featured in the film 'Prometheus,' the waterfall is an absolute must-see for anybody visiting North Iceland.

How high is the Dettifoss waterfall?

Starting at the unpaved Road 864, the road to the waterfall is 750 m long. It ends on the large Dettifoss parking lot, on the eastern side of the waterfall. Fed by the powerful glacier river Jökulsá á Fjöllum, the waterfall is 100 meters wide, the drop is 44 meters high, and the average flow rate is 193 m³ per second.

Is the road to Dettifoss waterfall open?

The road is closed during winter time due to snow or wet conditions (muddy road) and does not open until early summer (end of May), (depending on snow). The open and close dates all depend on snowmelt and snowfall each year.


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