The two bridges up above and below over the Jökulsá á Fjöllum (which we saw in my recent post about Hljóðaklettar) are about 50km apart.
In between, there is no reasonable way to cross the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. The entire area is a gigantic flood plain, with the flooding occurring every few thousand years, and caused by volcanic eruptions under the Vatnajökull, the glacier that gives the National Park its name.
In between the bridges are three enormous waterfalls. Let’s begin with the Hafragilsfoss.
In this region, water seems to come from everywhere.
A little further south is the Dettifoss. Below are pictures from both sides of the bank.
It is impossible to convey the physical experience of the falling water in pictures.
This is a perfect place to be quiet.
Still further south, the Selfoss, much more mellow, but still powerful.
Next time we’ll have a close look at the micro landscape between these falls.