Three waterfalls

If you forget that you’re on Iceland you might think that there is water on the moon: on the way from Egilsstaðir to the Mývatn lake you need to have a detour along the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river. It is the second-largest river of the island and runs in this area through volcanic remains only allowing a tiny little piece of life. And in between all these stones a gorge opens up creating three impressive waterfalls: the Selfoss, the Dettifoss and the Hafragilsfoss.

The most important one is the Dettifoss which is one of the largest waterfalls in Europe. The high amount of water drops 45 meters into the deep. You can easily reach this one from a parking area (with facilities) on the west side of the falls. Also accessible from there is the Selfoss which is wider and separated into multiple streams of water. If you want to get to the Hafragilsfoss you can ride five minutes on an untarred road to a viewpoint giving great views from above. There is also the possibility to view the falls from the East, but during my visit the road was only accessible for 4×4 cars.

Dettifoss, Selfoss, Hafragilsfoss

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