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.