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Gullfoss is the best known waterfall in Iceland and on the Golden-Circle bus tour. It is breathtakingly beautiful, 33 metres high, with two cascades, the first one is 11 metres high, and the other one is 22 metres high and they fall into the 2.5 km canyon which is 70 m deep. Gullfoss actually means the Golden waterfall (gull-gold, foss-waterfall).
The waterfall runs in the river Hvítá (White river). It is possible to walk right up to the waterfall where you can stand on the ledge. It will make you drenched but it is a breathtaking experience. But be careful as the path gets slippery and fatal accidents have happened here. You can then walk up the stairs to get a better view from above and to visit the information center there.
Gullfoss is state property. 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, Sigríđur í Brattholti (1871-1957), put up a fight to save Gullfoss and threatened to throw herself into the waterfall. This is a long story but Sigríđur saved Gullfoss and we are really thankful to her for that, and now it belongs to the Icelandic nation. She has now got her statue by Gullfoss and Sigríđarstofa is on the upper level to commemorate her fight for Gullfoss.
Please note that the roads to Gullfoss and Geysir are not cleared of snow on Tuesdays and Saturdays during winter times.
If there is too much snow and ice the path to Gullfoss is closed. I have visited Gullfoss both in October and November and then the path was closed as there was too much ice.
On the upper level is also an iformation center and a restaurant which makes excellent icelandic kjötsúpa "meat broth".
Have a look at my Gullfoss travel-page for winter pictures and a travelogue Gullfoss travel page
And here is a webcam of Gullfoss.
And here is a list of guided tours to Gullfoss.
Directions: Gullfoss is on the Golden Circle tour. Take ring-road 1 and turn on 35 just before you reach Selfoss. That route will take you to Geysir and Gullfoss. It is ca 125 km away from Reykjavík. There are other routes to be taken via Ţingvellir and Laugavatn.
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