When traveling to Dettifoss one thing you will notice is that even the journey to this gem is absolutely stunning, especially, when you are coming from the south. The Ring Road that goes up close to Dettifoss in the East is simply amazing. You will drive through fields of ashes and mountains that look like small volcanoes everywhere. Usually, it’s a bit cold in this area thus there will be a strong contrast between the black ashes and the white snow – Beautiful!
There are multiple possibilities to access Dettifoss. The most common one is driving on the Ring Road (1) and then going on on the 862 which is in a good condition. In front of Dettifoss, you can park in one of the big parking lots. Get out of your car and walk towards the incredible Waterfall! You can see the steam being blown into the air and hear the roaring waterfall long time before actually seeing Dettifoss itself.
When photographing here, definitely bring a wide-angle lens! Its such a big waterfall thus otherwise, you will struggle to get everything into the frame. There are different levels you can get close to the waterfall on, go and try every single perspective, it is so worth it! On the top level, you will always (!) be able to see a rainbow when the sun is shining. Get your impressions in the gallery below! When we arrived there, it’s been a bit dark already. You will have to be at this place some time before sunset. I would say at least an hour since everything is covered in the mountain’s shadows otherwise.
The scenery is amazing due to the remarkable nature. The huge waterfall itself, basalt pillars in the back, green hills and a decent light – try to get all these components into your frame and be rewarded with some amazing images. Amazed? That’s not everything this place has to offer…