Dettifoss and Selfoss


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

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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

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Here the whole dimension can be seen

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And this is the canyon stretching down all the way to Asbyrgi with the wonderful walls, lava stacks and unparalleled views

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A bit more detail

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The pure force of the water gushing down on a rock

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some 700 m upstream is a second waterfall – Selfoss. Perhaps smaller, but in my opinion far more beautiful

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very symetrical bays

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and nice basalt columns

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Looking downstream Dettifoss can be glimpsed

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And the edge where the water breaks

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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.

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Wind is pickung up ash and sand to create small twisters

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Perhaps barren, but nonetheless beautiful

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