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Dettifoss
Dettifoss

Dettifoss

Free admission
Iceland

The Basics

At 328 feet (100 meters) wide, Dettifoss waterfall is a top sight on the Diamond Circle driving route. You can visit the falls on a day trip from Akureyri, along with Godafoss, Lake Mývatn, the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon, and the mud pits of Hverir and Ásbyrgi canyons. Many multi-day guided Ring Road tours also stop at Dettifoss. For a perspective few travelers get to enjoy, consider a scenic flight above the falls.

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Lake Mývatn and Powerful Dettifoss Day Tour from Akureyri
Lake Mývatn and Powerful Dettifoss Day Tour from Akureyri
$257.43 per adult
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Reynir was our tour guide and he was...
Reynir was our tour guide and he was excellent. He was very accommodating and helped a pair on our trip out by dropping them off in a particular location so they can start their two-week long hike at the end of the tour. We spent an adequate amount of time at each location to get in the sights. There were six of us on the tour, which allowed us to get to know the other travelers. We exchanged contact information with these brothers from France. With large tours, it can always a be a bit awkward not knowing anyone else.
nguye747, Aug 2018

Recent reviews from experiences in Akureyri

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Awe inspiring experience!
Philippa, Mar 2020
Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss and Goddafoss Waterfalls Day Tour from Akureyri
Fantastic experience and well organised trip by a highly reputable company. Our guide, Armaan, made our experience unforgettable. It was the middle of winter, we were the only people on the tour & the road conditions were bad so we couldn’t reach Dettifoss or Selfoss. However, Armaan went out of his way to make up for it and made sure we saw as much as we could. If you want local knowledge, fantastic humour & an awe inspiring experience, then we would highly recommend this trip.
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Some extraordinary sights in north...
Kathy M, Oct 2017
Lake Mývatn and Powerful Dettifoss Day Tour from Akureyri
Some extraordinary sights in north Iceland are visited on this tour. The waterfalls were magnificent and the other-worldliness of Lake Mývatn and the volcanic landscape was totally unexpected. The sights are pretty spread out so its worth considering a guided tour so as to avoid missing anything. Reynir, our guide, was really great. Friendly and informative, he did the hard work so we could put our effort into absorbing the scenery. Thanks to him for a great day.
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A lot of fun and Reynir was...
Carly L, Sep 2017
Lake Mývatn and Powerful Dettifoss Day Tour from Akureyri
A lot of fun and Reynir was awesome!!! I really appreciate this is a small tour, it makes the experience a lot more personal. Not too long in the car in one stretch, and enough breaks for food and stuff.
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very nice trip, we had great time...
YU_H, Feb 2018
Lake Mývatn and Powerful Dettifoss Day Tour from Akureyri
very nice trip, we had great time and took wonderful pictures! Reynir is very nice and kind! Small group saved a lot of time!
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This tour was really amazing. The tour...
xiang y, Jul 2017
Lake Mývatn and Powerful Dettifoss Day Tour from Akureyri
This tour was really amazing. The tour guide is so nice. It is worthy to join this trip.
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A very enjoyable tour to a...
Wendy G, Oct 2017
Lake Mývatn and Powerful Dettifoss Day Tour from Akureyri
A very enjoyable tour to a spectacular part of Iceland. Our guide Reynir was very accommodating during our day. He is a private operator and we thought that we were on a private tour, however, on our pickup at the port we found that were another 4 people on the tour as well. Fortunately we arrived first and had good seats in the vehicle, but two of the other guests had terrible seats in the back of the 4 wheel drive vehicle which gave them little leg room for the day. So my advice would be to check whether you will be sharing the vehicle with more than 4 people. Other than that the day provided stunning scenery and variety in this part of Iceland. Make sure you get to Akureyri! Reynir also ensured we were back at the ship in plenty of time for our departure time.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entrance to Dettifoss is free.

  • Plan to spend two to three hours at the falls.

  • Wear sturdy waterproof shoes and a waterproof jacket.

  • Due to rocky and uneven ground, Dettifoss is inaccessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

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How to Get There

Dettifoss is located in Vatnajökull National Park, around 56 miles (90 kilometers) from the town of Húsavík. Road 864, a single-track gravel road, runs to the eastern bank of the falls and is open from May to October—buses also run from Mývatn during this time. Alternatively, the paved road 862 goes to the western side and remains open during the winter, depending on the weather.

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When to Get There

The easiest time to reach the falls is during the summer, between June and August. Go in the morning to beat the crowds.

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Selfoss Waterfall

About a half mile (1 kilometer) upstream from Dettifoss is Selfoss, another impressive Icelandic waterfall. This often overlooked beauty—much wider than it is tall—is best seen from its east side, where the biggest stretch of the falls is visible.

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