As the title says, Dettifoss is a mind blowing spectacle of nature. It’s in Iceland’s Vatnajökull National Park, home of the Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. The sheer force of the water thundering over the drop is mesmerizing (see this video at 2:00 for proof), and the spray from the falls will soak you on a windy day.
We hitched a ride to this natural wonder with the sweetest Bavarian family. The mom, dad, and two young teenage girls were all tall and blonde. They stopped and spent a few minutes rearranging all their stuff so we could squeeze into the backseat with the girls. We really appreciated this since we had tried to get there the evening before, but had started to late and got stuck 1/3 of the way there in the middle of nowhere, having to wait quite a while before a car finally stopped (if you see people trying to hitch on an empty road at night…pick them up…ok?). This lovely German family offered to take us to Dettifoss and then as far as Egilsstaðir, where they were stopping for the day. So we wandered around the falls with them and then together we all headed east.