"Gullfoss - Iceland´s most famous waterfall" Top 5 Page for this destination Gullfoss by Regina1965
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Gullfoss is the best known waterfall in Iceland and on the Golden-Circle bus tour. It is about a 117 kilometres from Reykjavík, depending on which route you take. It is breathtakingly beautiful, 33 metres high, with two steps, the first one is 11 metres high, and the other one is 22 metres high and they fall into the 2,5 km canyon.
Gullfoss actually means the Golden waterfall (gull-gold, foss-waterfall). The recent history of the waterfall is quite interesting and startling at the same time, as it could have been used for a hydroelectric power station, as it was contracted to foreigners by the farmer who owned this land. His daughter, Sigríður í Brattholti, put on a fight to save Gullfoss and threatened to throw herself into the waterfall. This is a long story but Sigríður saved Gullfoss and we are really thankful to her for that, and now it belongs to the Icelandic nation. She has now got her monument in the canyon.
There are 2 parking lots, one right next to the waterfall and another one by the Gullfoss café, where you can see the waterfall from the platform. There are a lot of steps to go the lower parking lot.
One can go quite close to the waterfall, there is a path which leads you there, but be careful as not to go there in the winter time as the ice gets slippery and accidents have been known to happen and even fatal ones.
I visited Gullfoss early in April and it was very windy and freezing cold. I went there again in July and have added tips with summer-pictures on my Iceland page Gullfoss
I visit Gullfoss frequently and we take all our foreign guests there.
- Pros:A breathtaking experience!
- Cons:You will most likely get wet if you go too close.
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