Welcome to Dettifoss


Although Dettifoss is 'only' 45m high and 100m wide, a massive 400 cu metres of water thunders over its edge every second in summer, creating a plume of spray that can be seen 1km away. With the greatest volume of any waterfall in Europe, this truly is nature at its most spectacular. On sunny days, brilliant double rainbows form above the churning milky-grey glacial waters, and you’ll have to jostle with the other visitors for the best views.


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$278.10 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Lake Mývatn and Powerful Dettifoss from Akureyri

First drive along the coast of Eyjafjordur. Begin by stopping at Goðafoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, on your way to Dettifoss and lake Mývatn. The lake was created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago, and the surrounding landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms, including lava pillars and rootless vents. Stop at the hot spring area at Hverarönd in Námaskarð. Then it comes to one of the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss. On the way back we come to the unique lava formations of Dimmuborgir which are among the most popular tourist attractions in the Myvatn area and also in Skútustaðagígar (pseudo crater area). Your last stop is in Eyjafjordur where you can see over the fjord to Akureyri.

$292.25 Day Trips & Excursions

Diamond Circle Tour with Waterfalls and Amazing Landscapes from Akureyri

Visit Lake Mývatn, Waterfall  Dettifoss, Ásbyrgi and Húsavík First stop is by Waterfall Goðafoss and from therewe move on to Lake Mývatn area and stop at Hverir, boiling mud pits, by Mt. Námafjall. That area is considered the most beautiful and at the same time the most catastrophic place in Iceland. We will take a short stop in Víti, crater near Krafla Volcano.Next stop is by Waterfall Dettifoss 45m high and 100m wide, where a mass of water, mud and sand rumbles into Iceland’s most impressive canyon. After Dettifoss we travel alongside the Jökulsárgljúfur glacial canyon to Vesturdalur valley and to Hljóðaklettar, the amazing cliffs. They are world known for their basalt columns that characterise the ancient crater remains. After Hljóðakletta we come down to the imposing horseshoe-shaped canyon Ásbyrgi, surrounded by precipitous cliffs. This place is known to be the meeting place of the pagan Gods. We twill take our time to stop at a café when we drive through Húsavík village on our way back to Akureyri.

$9427.29 Private & Custom Tours

Iceland Full Circle in 9 days and 8 nights Luxury Private Tour in Iceland

Day 1: Arrival to Reykjavík & free timeAt Keflavík Airport you will be met by a driver who will drive you to Reykjavík. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city centre on your own. HIGHLIGHTS: ReykjavíkSpend the night in ReykjavíkDay 2: Meet your guide & explore the Golden CircleYour driver-guide will pick you up in the morning and begin your private tour with the “Golden Circle”, an attraction-filled route that makes a wonderful first impression of Icelandic nature.HIGHLIGHTS: Geysir - Gullfoss - Kerið - ÞingvellirSpend the night in the Hvolsvöllur areaDay 3: South Coast Waterfalls & Volcanic beachesThe south coast is known for its lush, Tolkienesque landscapes, in particular the plentiful waterfalls that seem to pop up around every corner.HIGHLIGHTS: Dyrhólaey - Fjaðrárgljúfur - Reynisfjara & Reynisdrangar - Seljalandsfoss - Skógafoss - Vík í MýrdalSpend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur areaDay 4: Vatnajökull glacier & floating icebergsToday you’ll experience some of the icy wonders that truly give Iceland its name. Start the day by exploring the beautiful Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park.HIGHLIGHTS: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon - Skaftafell - Svartifoss - Vatnajökull National ParkSpend the night in the Höfn or Glacier Lagoon area.Day 5: East fjords & geothermal bathsToday the barren black sand plains of the south-eastern coast give way to rugged fjord scenery around every twist and turn in the road.HIGHLIGHTS: Egilsstaðir & Lagarfljót - Lake MývatnSpend the night in the Lake Mývatn area. Day 6: Whales & national park explorationThis is a whole day to explore North Iceland as you wish.HIGHLIGHTS: Ásbyrgi - Dettifoss - Hljóðaklettar - Húsavík - Jökulsárgljúfur National ParkSpend another night in the Lake Mývatn area.Day 7: Lunar landscapes & the charming northTake in more of the lunar atmospheres around Lake Mývatn in the early part of the day.HIGHLIGHTS: Akureyri - Dimmuborgir - Goðafoss - Krafla & Leirhnjúkur - Lake Mývatn - Námaskarð - Skútustaðagígar Pseudo-CratersSpend the night on Snæfellsnes Peninsula.Day 8: Snæfellsjökull glacier & national parkSnæfellsnes is a bit like “Iceland in Miniature”.HIGHLIGHTS: Arnarstapi - Djúpalónssandur - Lóndrangar - Reykjavík - Snæfellsjökull National ParkReykjavik in the afternoon, and spend the night in the city.Day 9: DepartureEnjoy a comfortable, private transfer back to Keflavik International Airport for your flight back home.

$388.88 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Akureyri Airvan Flight: Diamond Circle

Make your way to Akureyri Airport 15 minutes before your flight, and then listen to a quick safety briefing before following your pilot into your GippsAero GA8 Airvan. Make yourself comfortable in one of the 7 luxurious seats, put on your headset and get ready to soar into the skies above Akureyri. Watch the busy urban sights of the city fade from your view through the large windows, and then turn your attention to the raw beauty of the Icelandic landscape stretched out around you. On this tour we will fly through the dramatic landscape of The Game of Thrones and Oblivion.  The route starts by flying over the Godafoss waterfall, from there we will head to Lake Mývatn, with its numerous scenic attractions and geothermal phenomena.  From Lake Mývatn we fly over Vatnajökull National Park to see Dettifoss, a spectacular waterfall where cascades plunge from a height of 144 feet (44 meters) into a narrow canyon.From the Dettifoss waterfall we follow the magnificent canyons, before turning homeward bound for Akureyri.   Relax and take in the north-east coastline as the Troll Peninsula mountain range comes to view in the west.