Selfoss and Dettifoss Waterfalls, Northeast Iceland

I am a waterfall junkie. When I see pictures of a beautiful waterfall I will do my best to search it out. This year I planned a trip to Iceland with four of my friends. We spent the week traveling throughout Iceland to see as many outdoor escapes as we could fit into each day. Although Iceland is really one beautiful waterfall after another, Selfoss and Dettifoss were two I had to see. Selfoss is on the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river. The river’s source of water comes from the Vatnajökull glacier. Less than a mile further down the river is Dettifoss waterfall. Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe. We had been out all day exploring and were dead tired but we made a group decision to just trudge on. It took us about 45 minutes to find the falls but seeing them was one of the highlights of my trip.  We had to hike and climb over large slippery rocks to finally reach the edge of Sefloss. It reminded me of leaning over the edge of Victoria Falls in Zambia while swimming in Devil’s Pool. I kept thinking my mom would kill me for taking the risk of slipping and falling into the falls as I sat there soaking up the beauty.  We could not get as close access to Dettifoss because the trails were closed due to extreme misting and slippery conditions but it was an incredible view from were we were able to see it. The sight of these most impressive waterfalls is definitely worth the journey to get there. Just a note about the weather conditions we encountered in Northeast Iceland during May. Due to airline packing restrictions, I had to be clever in what I brought on the trip. I kept warm enough while hiking by wearing layers of shirts. My Columbia fleece jacket was fine and I wore thermal leggings under my lululemon yoga pants. Wearing thick hiking socks, my Ahnu waterproof boots were perfect. I adapted to the cold climate pretty well for a Southern California girl!

Dettifoss.Selfoss.
Sitting on the Edge of Dettifoss