Waterfalls are beautiful and unique. Some of them are even more photogenic with the perfect sunlight or need a heavy rainfall to unfold its beauty.
Golden hour is the best time to visit about an hour before sunset and an hour after sunrise are great for photos because it's the best lighting. Mid day is great for those who wanna get wet during the summer under the falls.
Best months and low season are May and June - fewer people. If there isn't any cruise ship in Roseau harbour it is best from December until April, the "dry season". Avoid weekends.
The dry season last from December until April/May. This is also the peak tourist and cruise ship season. Anyway rain can always occur. Rainy season from June until November with the possibilities of hurricanes and flash floods. The climate is humid tropical. The driest month is March and the wettest is August.
Best light on the waterfall after midday. Fewer people in the morning and before closing time. Open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Best months are during the dry season from December until May. Driest months are February to May. Most sunshine in March. The rainy season last from June to November with the possibilities of hurricanes and flash floods. Wettest month is September.
During the dry season more crowded, highest rates and crowds from mid-December to March. April until May rates decrease and "fewer" tourists except Easter.
Wavine Cyrique is a fantastic waterfall with a beautiful beach. Don't start your hike too late; not later than 2 p.m. It's a strenuous and steep climb down to the remote beach. The waterfall can be seen best during low tide. At high tide, it plunges into the sea which makes it difficult to get close due to the strong surf. It is not recommended to climb during or after rain. It might be too slippery and dangerous to climb along with the roots. Roseau tide times
The best months are during the dry season from December until April. That's also the peak season. May is also possible: Fewer tourists on the island but also very hot with high humidity. This makes the hike and climb even more challenging. The rainy season starts roughly in June until November with the possibilities of hurricanes and flash floods. This hike may be too dangerous during the wet season. The driest month is March and the wettest is August.
The Gorge is accessible year-round and can be visited any time. However, the real hike - starting at the big rock and logjam (see review below) - can only be done when the water is low enough and not as freezing as in winter or early spring. This is a unique hike where the river is the trail!
Weather and Water:
Hiking is almost impossible from late fall / early winter until early spring. In the winter and early spring, the water is freezing cold and even a wetsuit might not be enough. In the spring the water is also very high and streams are flowing at their strongest: That means there is a high chance of serious injury and it is indeed life threatening. Some try the hike as early as in May, which is possible. But still, the water is very cold then and will take your breath away. Temperature wise the best months are late June until mid-October.
Avoiding the Crowds:
The entrance is ridiculously crowded with Disney like queues, particularly during the extremely busy summer months. In general it’s very busy from spring until fall on weekends and on public holidays. In the summer you should avoid weekends or be there early, between 7:00 and 7:30 AM. Preferably combine both: Get up early and visit during the week. The best months to avoid crowds are September, after Labor Day (first Monday in September) until mid-October: The summer tourists are gone, the weather is pleasant and the fall foliage is just stunning. But still: Get up early for a much quieter experience.
The best time to visit Dettifoss waterfall, depends on what you’re looking for: Total solitude and a fascinating landscape in winter or intense flow and pleasant temperatures in peak season during summer? Read on for the best tips:
Winter (mid-November – April): Less powerful flow but stunning snow and ice covered area. Also virtually no other tourists most of the time, especially in deep winter. Except maybe the small group you are travelling with. You definitely won’t have to fight for the best spots. Check out the amazing winter photos below. You'll also get a chance to see Northern Lights during this time. Please consider, that in winter a tour might be cancelled due to heavy snow storms. This might happen even in April.
Summer (June - August): More powerful waterfall with a really intense flow and mild climate. Also the most daylight. However, it can get crowded. In the peak months from June to August it's often busy during the day. Particularly on the west bank.
Shoulder Months (May, September-October): Less crowded than in the peak summer month and less busy than other popular waterfalls in Iceland. However, Dettifoss attracts more tourists noow and you'll still be there with some others.
Avoiding the Crowds
Just Chillin at Dettifoss by Vinnie Cartabiano, CC BY
Dettifoss is much less crowded than Gullfoss for example. However, especially in the summer there are still lots of tourists visiting Dettifoss. To enjoy the falls with less others go either earlier in the morning or later in the evening when most groups left already. If you only want to visit one side: The east side is quieter nowadays and less popular. The west side is more 'touristy'.
There is less daylight in winter. Only 5 hours in December (5-7 hours in Nov and Jan). However, some photographers love to go then, since the light is magnificent during that time. As if you've got almost 5 golden hours every day.