Welcome to the only toilet for miles in all directions. The toilet facility at Dettifoss waterfall. Expect queues. PIC -RobW-

Here is a piece of news the Icelandic tour agencies won´t tell you about. In many popular tourist places in Iceland the toilet facilites are so limited you will often have to get in a long line to do your thing.

Not a very nice thought after a long journey by bus or car but the truth nevertheless. A case in point is the magnificent Dettifoss waterfall. Drawing in almost 200 thousand people over the three months of summer and the facilities consist of only two toilets. One for male and one for female. Even those two are just basic wooden huts where every fart can be heard for miles.[blockquote type=”blockquote_line” align=”right”]A big problem no tour agencies will tell you about[/blockquote]

But Dettifoss is far from being the only place where the facilities are either bad or nonexistent. The crowds that visit Gullfoss waterfall or the Geysi area often have to wait quite a while too although these have very decent indoor toilet facilites. The sheer crowds showing up in Iceland these days is simply overwhelming most tourist places.

Not meant to scare anyone but worth keeping in mind if travel around Iceland is on the cards. Should you happen to be in dire need and not have the patience for a wait you could do the Icelandic way. That consists of relieving yourself pretty much anywhere and not worry one iota about what others think. But prepare yourself to be shunned on the way home…

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