Waterfall Dettifoss (from Akureyri)

The great Dettifoss waterfall is said to be the Europe’s most powerful and majestic. It is no wonder that Ridley Scott chose this location for his film Prometheus.

Type of tour:Day Tours
Season:01 November - 15 June
Duration:8 - 9 hours

Waterfall Dettifoss (from Akureyri)


Tthe route leads from Akureyri to Dettifoss waterfall (44 m high) in the surreal Icelandic highland wilderness. This glacier-fed fall of water, mud and sand rumbles into Iceland's most impressive canyon.

Dettifoss Waterfall is the perfect tour to fully experience the magic and power of the great Dettifoss Waterfall. We take our time to find the best sight for photographing depending on weather and other conditions during that particular day.

We start by going straight from Akureyri to Lake Mývatn where we make a short stop, and you get a chance to see the magnificent area. Then we drive towards Dettifoss Waterfall, going off the main road. We arrive at Jökulsá á Fjöllum glacier river, where a mass of water, mud and sand rumbles into Iceland’s most impressive canyon from Vatnajökull Glacier.

Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe, 100m wide and with fall of 44m. There is a short walk from the parking lot to the best viewpoints of the waterfall, and adjacent waterfalls of Hafragilsfoss and Selfoss. If the ground is covered in snow (which it is usually in winter), we use snowshoes to make the hike easier.


What to bring:

  • Warm clothes
  • good hiking shoes
  • Gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Light snack


  • Guided tour with English speaking driver-guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off at accommodation in Akureyri

 Not Included:

  • Lunch

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