Dettifoss Waterfall | Winter Adventure from Akureyri

Dettifoss Waterfall | Winter Adventure from Akureyri
Dettifoss waterfall in its winter coat is truly stunning, and North Iceland is known for its heavy snowfall.
The craters and pools around Lake Mývatn in North Iceland are geologically fascinating.
No travelling photographer is disappointed by the incredible landscapes of North Iceland.
Hikers will enjoy traversing the rocky slopes around Dettifoss Waterfall.
The mighty glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum is vast, muddy and powerful as it runs through the North of Iceland from Vatnajökull glacier.
Hafragilsfoss waterfall in North Iceland is a lesser-known neighbour of Dettifoss waterfall.
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Embark on a thrilling sightseeing venture this winter to behold the might of Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, along with an array of other spectacular sights in North Iceland. Anyone staying in Akureyri that wishes to experience the North’s natural marvels should secure their spot on this excursion now.

The tour begins with a pickup in Iceland’s ‘Capital of the North’ Akureyri, from where you will hit the mountain road on a super jeep and make your way to Lake Mývatn. Here is where you’ll make a short stop to enjoy some of the incredible sights at hand. One is the first waterfall of the day, the beautiful Goðafoss in Skjálfandafljót river. Better have your camera ready, as the volcanic terrain surrounding the lake is dotted with pseudocraters, bubbling mud pools and mystical lava formations.

Then, get ready to go off the main road as you continue your drive to arrive at the glacier river Jökulsá á Fjöllum, fed with meltwater from Iceland’s largest ice cap Vatnajökull. Watch as masses of glacial water, mud and sand rumble forward to feed a number of majestic waterfalls along the river’s 30-kilometre stretch.

The most extraordinary of these falls is arguably Dettifoss, your number one destination of the day. Watch as these falls stretch out to a hundred metres wide, with a drop of over forty metres and a water flow rate that is reputed to top all other falls on the continent.

Your guide will reveal to you the different viewing points and take you to all the best photography spots, to best capture the cascading power of the falls. Since this tour operates over the winter season, if it is snowing when you are participating, you will be provided with snowshoes to make your hike easier.

You will also get a chance to visit the adjoining waterfalls Selfoss and Hafragilsfoss, so rest assured you will fully experience the power of this mighty river. Finally, you will stop at a local café for refreshments before heading back to Akureyri.

Book your excursion now and immerse yourself in the beauty of North Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Oct. - Jun.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: North Iceland, Akureyri, Mývatn, Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Jökulsárgljúfur, Hafragilsfoss, Selfoss (waterfall)
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:45.

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • English guide

  • Transportation

  • Refreshments

What to bring:
  • Good hiking shoes

  • Warm clothing

  • Water

  • Light snacks

  • Gloves

Good to know:

During the tour, you'll break for refreshments at a café, but the stop is quite late on the tour. A pre-packed lunch is recommended, so you can focus on the beauty around you!

Due to weather and/or road conditions we might have to alter the itinerary, have longer journey time or cancel the tour.

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Had an amazing experience with Guide to Iceland! We were going to cancel it because we thought we could do it by car. I'm so glad we didn't. Our way to the waterfall was closed and we needed a big vehicle to get there. One car got stuck and someone had to rescue it. The experience was wonderful and the hiking was great, they provided us with all the equipment. The guide, Thora, was so lovely and informative, a true explorer! We highly recommend the excursion and thank the team for their marvelous work.
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