Directions to Dettifoss, Selfoss and Hafragilsfoss waterfalls

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Directions to Dettifoss, Selfoss and Hafragilsfoss waterfalls

Directions to Dettifoss, Selfoss and Hafragilsfoss waterfalls

The Dettifoss and Selfoss waterfalls are located approximately 163 km from Egilsstaðir. Follow Route 1 and turn right heading north on Road 862. There, after about 16 km, you should turn right to dettifoss and Sefloss. You can also go there via Road 864, but this is a gravel road, the condition of which is very dependent on the weather. In winter the route may not be accessible because of snow and mud.

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The Dettifoss waterfall is 44 metres high and up to 100 metres wide. It is the most powerful waterfall in Iceland. The area around Dettifoss is part of Jökulsárgljúfur (glacial river gorge) area. From the car park to the waterfall, is about 1 km walk to the vantage point from which to view the waterfall.


From the Dettifoss waterfall, you can walk a 1.5 km-long trail to another waterfall situated more upstream, the Selfoss waterfall (not to be confused with Selfoss town!).


Do you want to visit yet another waterfall? A little farther downstream from Dettifoss, you can find the 27-metre-high waterfall called Hafragilsfoss. This is harder to reach and only for adventurers who are in good shape and want to defy some steep climbs.

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