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Dettifoss – the Most Powerful Waterfall in Europe

On the island of Iceland is no architectural monuments, palaces and famous art museums. But come here every year hundreds of thousands of tourists to enjoy the pristine scenery of northern nature, waterfalls and geysers, volcanoes and glaciers.

Dettifoss (“raging waterfall”) is the largest waterfall, not only in Iceland, but also the most powerful in all of Europe! Average consumption of water here comes to 500 cubic meters per second, and the imagination it is not much inferior to Niagara.

It is situated on the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, which flows from the Vatnajökull glacier and collects water from a large area in Northeast Iceland. The falls are 100 metres (330 ft) wide and have a drop of 45 metres (150 ft) down to the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. It is the largest waterfall in Europe in terms of volume discharge, having an average water flow of 193 m3/s.

The waterfall can be reached by a new tarmac road, finished in 2011. On the west bank there are no facilities and the view on the 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 (Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður) and a maintained track to the best viewpoints.

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