Jokulsárgljúfur National Park

Literally translated, Jokulsargljufur means glacial-river-canyon and it is aptly named for Iceland’s longest river canyon at 25 kilometers (16 mi). Jokulsargljufur makes up the northeastern region of Vatnajokull National Park and there are several must-see nature sites in this area including Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall and Asbyrgi,  the remarkable horseshoe shaped canyon which Viking settlers believed to be a hoof-print formed by Sleipnir, Odin’s flying horse from Norse mythology.

Jökulsárgljúfur literally transcribes as Glacial-River-Canyon. This canyon is 25 km long, 500 m wide and in many places 100-120 m deep, making it one of the deepest and most breath-taking canyons in Iceland. Jökulsárgljúfur is also known for its series of waterfalls: Selfoss, Dettifoss, Hafragilsfoss and Réttarfoss.

The park's visitor centre is located in Ásbyrgi. A fairly large and developed campground can also be found in Ásbyrgi. A more primitive campground is located in Vesturdalur, which is midway between Dettifoss and Ásbyrgi.

Ásbyrgi can be visited any time of the year, although services may be limited during winter. Dettifoss and Vesturdalur are located at higher altitudes and therefore subject to snow cover and road conditions.