Dettifoss - The Most Powerful Waterfall in Europe

Located in Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland, Dettifoss is Iceland’s greatest and most majestic waterfall. It is reputed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe based on its magnitude. The falls are 100 meters (330 ft) wide and have a drop of 45 meters (150 ft) down to the Jokulsargljufur canyon.

Dettifoss is the largest waterfall in Europe in terms of volume discharge, having an average water flow of 193 cubic meters per second. During floods the water flow reaches up to 600 cubic meters per second. The force of the waterfall is such that the bedrock trembles when hit by the weight of an immense column of white-foaming water.

Dettifoss is situated on the glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum, which emerges from beneath Vatnajökull glacier collecting water from a large area in Northeast Iceland and runs into Öxarfjörður bay. Dettifoss is the center fall in a unique series of waterfalls. About one kilometer up the river to the south is a 10 meter high waterfall called Selfoss. And about two kilometers down the river to the north is the Hafragilsfoss which is a 27 meter high waterfall.

Dettifoss is possible to reach the waterfalls from both sides of the glacial river Jokulsa. However, on the west bank there are no facilities and the view on the beautiful waterfall is somewhat hindered by the waterfall's spray. On the east bank there is an information panel maintained by the staff of Vatnajökull National Park and a maintained track to the best viewpoints.

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