Dettifoss Waterfall, Iceland

Dettifoss Waterfall Iceland

Dettifoss is Iceland’s answer to Niagara Falls. It’s Iceland’s largest waterfall (by volume), and has been used as a film location lots of times – including in the opening scenes of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Tom Cruise’s Oblivion.

It really is an astonishing spectacle – and every bit as deafening as it sounds in this video. Look out for the tiny figures on the opposite side of the canyon – it gives you a good idea of just how massive the waterfall is.

It was bitterly cold when I shot this, despite the fact that it was still the middle of August. On the drive to the waterfall, we passed through a dust storm whipped up by the desert wind, which you can hear in the soundtrack. Iceland is a place of extremes.

The guy at the end of the video is Gary Latham, who shot the pictures for my Lonely Planet Traveller feature on Iceland’s Ring Road.

Dettifoss Video

Dettifoss Waterfall, Iceland from Oliver Berry on Vimeo.