Dettifoss Tours

With an immense 500 cubic meters of water falling each second, Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe, and one of Iceland’s most extraordinary natural attractions, famously immortalized in the opening scene of Ridley Scott’s 2012 film, Prometheus. Dropping 45 meters and stretching for 100 meters along the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon in the Vatnajökull National Park, it’s hard not to be impressed by the magnitude of the falls, the largest of the three major waterfalls found along the Jokulsa river (including nearby Selfoss and Hafragilsfoss).

Dettifoss Waterfall is among the top sights of the ‘Diamond Circle’ driving route, the 260 km long ring road, which links together the highlights of North Iceland, but the falls can also be reached by hiking the scenic 35km trail from Asbyrgi canyon. As well as looking out over the canyon from the banks, visitors can climb down to the riverbed, where the views are marred by clouds of foam and the bedrock visibly trembles under its force.

Practical Info

Dettifoss waterfall is located around 90km from the town of Húsavík in the Vatnajökull National Park, Northeast Iceland. Road 864, a single-track gravel road, runs to the eastern bank of the falls and is open only from May-October, during which time buses also run from Mývatn. Alternatively, the paved Road 862 runs to the west and remains open during the winter, depending on the weather. Entrance is free.
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Day Trip to Lake Mývatn and Powerful Dettifoss from Akureyri

Explore the Icelandic landscape around Lake Mývatn on this day trip from Akureyri by 4x4 Jeep. This area of northern Iceland is home to natural wonders like Goðafoss (‘Waterfall of the Gods’), Dettifoss (Europe´s most powerful waterfall) and Hverarönd (hot springs). See craters and lava formations, and be amazed by the incredible geology of this island in the Atlantic.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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$271.80 USD
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  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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4X4 Private Tour in Northern Iceland from Akureyri

Of all the natural jewels in northern Iceland, see the ones that most interest you on a customizable private day trip from Akureyri for up to eight people. Travel by 4x4 vehicle to waterfalls, craters, lakes and more, such as Dettifoss, Lake Mývatn, Goðafoss or the Mývatn Nature Baths. With a guide, create an itinerary that suits you and your group.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$1,134.44 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Diamond Circle Day Trip from Akureyri

Take a trip around Iceland’s spectacular Diamond Circle with this full-day guided tour from Akureyri. Travel along otherworldly volcanic fields to see highlights like Húsavík village, Lake Mývatn and the glacier-fed cascades of Godafoss and Dettifoss waterfalls. Learn about the geologic history of this landscape of contrasts, from the steaming mud pits of Hverir to the Jökulsárgljúfur glacier canyon. In early summer, the tour also includes a stop at a puffin nesting site on the Tjörnes peninsula.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$229.19 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Dettifoss Waterfall Tour from Lake Myvatn

See the mighty Dettifoss, Iceland's largest waterfall and the most powerful in Europe, without the hassle of driving on this small-group guided tour from Lake Mytavn. Along the way, take in the sight of Jökulsá á Fjöllum glacier river, which feeds Dettifoss and is the source of Vatnajökull glacier.
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
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$184.27 USD
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  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
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Diamond Circle Tour with Waterfalls and Amazing Landscapes from Akureyri

If you only have time for one day trip from Akureyri, make it a tour of the Diamond Circle, a circuit that takes in some of North Iceland’s most impressive natural wonders. This full-day small-group tour visits the Godafoss and Dettifoss waterfalls, the Hverir hot springs, Lake Mývatn, and the Víti crater. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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$285.63 USD
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Akureyri North Iceland Waterfalls and Nature Baths Small-Group Tour

North Iceland boasts many natural wonders, including lava formations, waterfalls, thermal pools, and more. This small-group tour from Akureyi covers the best in a convenient day trip, including an optional swim at Myvatn Nature Baths. Marvel at the waterfalls at Godafoss, Dettifoss, and Selfoss; view Lake Myvatn, hot springs, and the Dimmuborgir lava fields, and then choose to bathe in the naturally heated Myvtan baths. Hotel and airport pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 9 to 10 hours
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$257.98 USD
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  • Duration: 9 to 10 hours
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Dettifoss Waterfall Tour from Akureyri

Leave driving and tackling difficult road conditions to the experts, and get off the beaten track on this tour from Akureyri to Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful in Europe. In a small group, head first for Lake Mývatn then to Jökulsá á Fjöllum glacier river, where a mass of water, mud, and sand rumbles into a canyon from Vatnajökull Glacier. Upon arrival, enjoy excellent views of Dettifoss, as well as adjacent Hafragilsfoss and Selfoss waterfalls.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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$248.77 USD
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  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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