Dettifoss and Selfoss are two waterfalls of the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river which further downstream runs through Asbyrgi as well. Dettifoss is reputed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe, but regardless if that is true, it is for sure a magnificent one!
On this particular windy day the spray was blown all the way back to coat everything in its path with a fine layer of mist
The pure amounts of water gushing down are really incredible. And as we are in June this is already far less than directly after the snow-melt in early May
Here the whole dimension can be seen
And this is the canyon stretching down all the way to Asbyrgi with the wonderful walls, lava stacks and unparalleled views
A bit more detail
The pure force of the water gushing down on a rock
some 700 m upstream is a second waterfall – Selfoss. Perhaps smaller, but in my opinion far more beautiful
very symetrical bays
and nice basalt columns
Looking downstream Dettifoss can be glimpsed
And the edge where the water breaks
Outside is just desert – stretching all the way until „The Queen“ (the mountain on the right). Interestingly The Queen is a subglacial volcano, created during the last ice age, where the eruption took place below a glacier and did not melt the glacier but cooled fast enough to create that kind of almost cylindrical volcano.
Wind is pickung up ash and sand to create small twisters
Perhaps barren, but nonetheless beautiful