Information about Jökulsá á Fjöllum

Dettifoss is the biggest waterfall in the Jökulsá á Fjöllum.

The Jökulsá á Fjöllum is the second longest river in Iceland, best known for the waterfalls within it.

Geography of the Jökulsá á Fjöllum

The Jökulsá á Fjöllum is 206 kilometres (128 miles) long, stretching from its sources in Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, to the Greenland Sea.

The land that the Jökulsá á Fjöllum flows through has been shaped dramatically by volcanic eruptions and glacial floods. Particularly of note are the Jökulsargjlúfur canyon, carved out by a presumed series of catastrophic volcanic floods, and the Ódáðahraun lava field, a vast field of lava.

Waterfalls in the Jökulsá á Fjöllum

The Jökulsá á Fjöllum has three famous waterfalls in north Iceland.

The Jökulsá á Fjöllum has three very famous waterfalls in close proximity, all located in the Jökulsargjlúfur canyon.

The most upstream of these Selfoss, not to be confused with a town of the same name. Falling from a wide cliff, it is the smallest of the three, at 11 metres (33 feet) tall.

Next is Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. 100 metres (328 feet) wide and 44 metres (144 feet) tall, it has an average waterflow of 193 cubic metres (nearly 7,000 cubic feet).

Finally is Hafragilsfoss, a little further downstream. This feature stands at 27 metres (86 feet), and has interesting folklore associated with it. It is said that a giantess stole two goats from a nearby farm, and to escape, tied their horns together and jumped into the river here.

There is a less famous waterfall further downstream, called Réttarfoss.

Visiting the Jökulsá á Fjöllum

The Jökulsá á Fjöllum is visited at the waterfalls of Dettifoss and Selfoss on many Diamond Circle tours. This sightseeing route can be seen as the northern equivalent of the popular Golden Circle.

The Diamond Circle also visits the Lake Mývatn Area, Námaskarð and the northern town of Húsavík. Many of these tours start at the Capital of the North, Akureyri.

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Attractions nearby Jökulsá á Fjöllum

Hrossaborg

Photo from Wikimedia, Creative Commons, by genevieverossier  Hrossaborg, in northeast Iceland, is a tephra and scoria crater. Its name means &ls...

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Selfoss (waterfall)

Selfoss is a beautiful waterfall in north Iceland, often visited on Diamond Circle tours. It is not to be confused with the town of the same name i...

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Jökulsárgljúfur

Jökulsárgljúfur is a canyon in Iceland that was once its own national park; now, it is part of the greater Vatnajökull Natio...

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Dettifoss

Dettifoss is a waterfall found in North Iceland, said to be the most powerful in Europe. It is regularly visited on Diamond Circle tours and should ...

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Hafragilsfoss

  Downstream of Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall, is another major waterfall, the thunderous Hafragilsfoss. Like Dettifoss, Hafr...

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Lofthellir

Lofthellir is a lava cave in North Iceland, situated in the lava field of older Laxardalshraun. The Lofthellir lava cave is renowned for having some ...

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Hvannfell

  Hvannfell is a mountain in Sudur-Thingeyjarsysla county in North Iceland. The mountain is located near the famous Lake Myvatn. The Burfellshr...

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Krafla

Wikimedia, Creative Commons, Photo Credit: Earthquakes Krafla Krafla is a caldera, part of a greater volcanic system of the same name, located north ...

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Námafjall Geothermal Area

The Námafjall Geothermal Area is located in Northeast Iceland, on the east side of Lake Mývatn. At this area, also known as Hverir, ...

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Leirhnjúkur

  Leirhnjukur ('Mud Peak') is a 525 m high active volcano, located to the northeast of Lake Myvatn in North Iceland. Leirhnjukur is pa...

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Víti in Krafla

Viti (meaning 'Hell') in Krafla is an explosion crater. It is one of the two most famous Viti craters in Iceland, the other being Viti in Askj...

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Námaskarð

Námaskarð Pass is a geothermal area on the mountain Námafjall, in north Iceland, less than half an hour’s drive from Lake M&...

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Mývatn Nature Baths

Photo from Goðafoss Waterfall and the Mývatn Nature Baths The Mývatn Nature Baths are a set of geothermally heated pools and steam ...

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Grjótagjá

Photo by Andrés Nieto Porras Grjótagjá is a small lava cave located near lake Mývatn in north Iceland, famous for fe...

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Möðrudalur

Modrudalur a Fjollum is the highest positioned farm in Iceland (469 m above sea level) and is located in the east highlands, north of Vatnajokull glac...

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Bjarnarflag

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons, Photo by LV Corporate Bjarnarflag is the oldest geothermal power station in Iceland, having been first open...

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Lúdentarborgir

Ludentarborgir is a crater row east of Lake Myvatn, about 15 meters long. These craters take their name from the explosion crater Ludent, to the...

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Hverfjall

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Tong Hverfjall is a tuff ring volcano with an incredibly impressive crater, approximately one kilo...

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Hverfell

Hverfell is an explosion crater on the east side of Lake Mývatn in northern Iceland and is one of the largest explosion craters in the world. ...

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Stóragjá

Stóragjá is a little-known rift in north Iceland which holds cave filled with naturally-heated geothermal water. Found next to the vill...

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Tours near Jökulsá á Fjöllum

Askja Caldera & Holuhraun Lava Field | Super Jeep Day-tour

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Private Super Jeep Tour to Dettifoss in North Iceland

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