Dettifoss and Vesturdalur

The
Jökulsárgljúfur National Park is in the north-east of Iceland inland from Öxarfjördur. Jökulsárgljúfur means 'glacial river canyon', and this is where the Jökulsá á Fjöllum, nearing the end of its 120 mile run from Vatnajökull icecap, runs in a gorge 300 feet deep and up to a mile wide. The gorge is thought to have been created by flooding meltwater from volcanic eruptions under the ice. At the head of the gorge are two waterfalls: Dettifoss (claimed to be Europe's largest waterfall) and Selfoss. We made two visits to them and did some walking around them. Lower down the valley is a side valley called Vesterdalur and we spent a magnificent day walking there and along the canyon rim.

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Dettifoss

Dettifoss

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Dettifoss

Dettifoss

Dettifoss

Selfoss

Selfoss

Selfoss

Canyon

Above Dettifoss

Below Dettifoss

Caves

Hafragilsfoss

Hafragilsfoss

Sjónnípa

Near Dettifoss

Vesturdalur

Eyjan

Svínadalur

Svínadalur

Jökulsá

Gorge

Jökulsá

Columns

Columns

Columns

Columns

Hljódaklettar

Kirkjan

Chamber

Raudhólar

Raudhólar

Hljódaklettar

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