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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 90%Adventure Travelers
- 74%Family Travelers
- 71%Green Travelers
- 67%Local Culture
- 55%Budget Travelers
Member Reviews (43)
- GullfossMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Feb 27, 2014
Dettifoss (in the North) is a more impressive and powerful waterfall overall and with many less tourists to bump into (and over). Yet, Gullfoss is pretty cool too and well worth a Golden Circle-related visit.
Gullfoss means Golden Falls and is located within the Hvítá river canyon. The wide Hvítá rushes southward. About a kilometer above the falls it turns sharply to the left and flows down into a wide curved three-step "staircase" and then abruptly plunges in two stages (11 m and 21 m) into a crevice 32 m (105 ft) deep. The crevice, about 20 m (60 ft) wide, and 2.5 km in length, is at right angles to the flow of the river. As one first approaches the falls (from either above or below), the crevice is obscured from view, so that it appears that a mighty river simply vanishes into the earth.
At the turn of the last century foreign investors were interested in harnessing Icelandic waterfalls for electricity. An Englishman had his eye on Gullfoss and offered Sigríður Tómasdóttir's father 50.000 kronur for Gullfoss but he answered, "I will not sell my friend". Later on Gullfoss got into the hands of people who were going to harness it and then Sigríður started her fight to save Gullfoss. She debated with many of the richest and most powerful men in the country went on long journeys under difficult circumstances (she walked 120 km to Reykjavik). When all seemed lost she threatened to throw herself in the waterfall. Luckily it did not come to that, with the help of her lawyer Sveinn Björnsson (later the first president of Iceland) she managed to break the contract and Gullfoss became the property of the Icelandic nation.
Sigríður died in 1957 and is buried in Haukadalur, she will always be remembered for having stopped the harnessing of Gullfoss. Her memorial is by Gullfoss made by sculptor Ríkhardur Jónsson.
- GullfossMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 7Feb 13, 2014
Gorgeous and powerful waterfall outside of Reykjavik. When I went it was primarily frozen and surrounded by snow...yet from what I've seen of pics of it in the Spring at least as beautiful if not more at this time of year. I took amazing photos of it.
- GullfossMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Feb 12, 2014
This waterfall is truly breathtaking. The volume of water is so massive that as you get closer it can make you dizzy. You can do a day tour from Reykjavik that hits Gullfoss, Geysir and a few other spots.
- GullfossMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Oct 17, 2013
Gullfoss was an impressive waterfall. The water cliffs are perpendicular to each other, and makes a dramatic landscape. Bring a small plastic to cover your camera.
- GullfossMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 10Sep 24, 2013
I'd recommend doing all the waterfalls on the "golden circle". If you have a car it's much better to do this trip on your own, rather than join a group tour. You'll get to set your own pace and stop off anywhere else you may want to wander around between sites. Gulfoss is the largest of the waterfalls, some seem to compare it to Niagra Falls, but I felt that the setting and surrounds of Gulfoss beat Niagra any day.
- GullfossMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Aug 25, 2013
I don't usually get too excited about waterfalls but this is one of Iceland's best. It you do the "Golden Circle" you will see this. I wouldn't go to Iceland and miss Gullfoss.Recommended for:Outdoor Enthusiasts
- GullfossNov 25, 2012
Gulfoss is a stunning waterfall. I loved standing on the edge and watching the water roar by. The sound and the power were tremendous. I particularly liked that Iceland isn't big on putting a safety barrier up around every little thing - made the whole experience more immediate.
- GullfossMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 2Nov 05, 2012
We did the 8 hour Golden Circle Gullfoss-Geysir tour from Reykjavik with our 2 year old daughter. It is a lot of sitting in the bus but it is a good way to see a very spectacular part of Iceland.