Dettifoss Waterfall is located in Vatnajökull National Park in north-eastern Iceland and is considered the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Interestingly, all other major European waterfalls are also in Iceland. Iceland has developed alternative energy, but the most powerful waterfall in Europe is not used as an energy source because it is located in the national park and is a natural treasure of the country. Average water consumption in Dettifosse is 200 cubic meters per second and sometimes reaches 500. Its height is 44 meters, which is only 9 meters less than Niagara Falls. Visitors have noticed that they can feel the trembling of the earth under their feet and the sound of the water. Not surprisingly, the first Icelandic settlers called it the “king of waterfalls”. A magnificent waterfall, astounding in its power.
Two roads lead to the waterfall, better to go from 864 to 862. Then you can go straight to where Dettifoss falls with all its power. The hiking trail leads from free parking to the waterfall. Along the trail there are railing, ramps and a bio toilet next to the car park.
And if you walk 1km downstream, you will see Selfosse waterfall. If you walk 2 km upstream, you’ll see Hafragilsfossa Falls.
The waterfall is shown in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and was inspired by Icelandic composer John Leifes to create the musical composition Dettifoss.
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