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Gullfoss

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  • GullfossPro 2014
    Leigh Virkus
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    3 Jul 22, 2014

    This is probably Iceland's most popular waterfall. Although worth a visit because of it's volume/strength I wouldn't go there if it was not part of a day trip around the area.

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    Queenie-Star Valera
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    5 Jun 13, 2014

    The Golden Waterfalls... This is actually two separate waterfalls but now flows as one. We arrived at the parking lot, it was almost dawn and I was tired from horse riding around Hvergardi, but the anticipation that i felt cannot be explained. It was like I am going to meet Johnny Depp on a date or something, you know what I mean, anyhow, we had a short walk to the cliff but you can actually hear the powerful flow of the water. When we arrived at the cliff and saw the magnificent waterfalls, it was just amazing. I was stunned. I cannot even move to grab my camera from my sling bag. It's a good thing, we have all the time we need to stare at it (since we drove there by private 4x4 Super Jeep). We took pictures and as much as we wanted to stare at the flowing water, like it was disappearing to the ground, we have to move down to Kerid. Gullfoss is indeed a magical place, actually the whole country of Iceland is.

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    Kelly Lees
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    4 Jun 06, 2014

    On the Golden Circle....if you like water falls, you will like this. Very cold so be prepared. Lots of other things to view around this part of Iceland.

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    Travelista001
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    5 May 02, 2014

    There is something poetic being in a place like Gullfoss. Here , time is languid and every moment appears to slow down , enough to savor the stark beauty of the place .

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  • GullfossPro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    5 Feb 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.

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  • GullfossPro 2014
    Steve Hunter
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    5 Feb 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.

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  • GullfossPro 2014
    Travis Katz
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    5 Feb 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.

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  • GullfossPro 2014
    Juno Kim
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    5 Oct 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.

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    Cynthia Glanzberg
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    4 Sep 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.

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  • GullfossPro 2014
    Stephen Bugno
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    5 Aug 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.

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    Laura Scott
    5 Jan 10, 2013

    Iceland's landscape is truly spectacular. Gullfoss is just one of the many waterfalls that showcases the natural beauty of the place

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    Lauren Monitz
    2 Dec 27, 2012

    Maybe because I've seen Niagra Falls, maybe because it's always freezing/misty/wet there...but this is my Makayla Maroney not impressed face.

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    Tarina Peterson
    4 Nov 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.

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    Ingrid Katz
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    4 Nov 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.

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    Diman Karagyozov
    5 Oct 27, 2012

    This is maybe my favorite waterfall in Iceland! And there are really a lot of waterfalls in this country :) You may need a rain coat or an umbrella in windy days, especially if you get closer to the river. Geyser area is very close by; the camping is basic but provides all the needed facilities, incl. hot pool :)

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    Joseph Coureur
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    5 Sep 10, 2012

    Gullfoss, on the Golden Circle drive and near Geysir, it an impressive set of waterfalls. IT can be clogged with tourists, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't visit.

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    Ludovic
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    If you like nature , you'll love this place. In winter it's even better as there are chances that you'll be there alone (ie Ocotober and or November)

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    Stefan Hartmann
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    A massive waterfall in the south of Iceland that a lot of tours go to. Take the time to walk all the way to the top, even though you will very probably get wet. The view is breathtaking. A real force of nature.

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    Shannon Hetrick
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    We did the 5 hour golden circle night tour with Iceland Express and it was amazing. The falls were not crowded and we got a number of really great shots. Be certain to walk all the way down by the falls and go on the rocks - it's an epic experience to be so close to the water!

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    Elijah Torn
    5 Jul 03, 2012

    saw some Aurora's floating just over the top when we were there in February. Super cool to see it all ice and snow but be careful as there aren't any guardrails.

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Gullfoss is a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvita river in southwest Iceland.
In English, Gullfoss translates to "Golden Falls". Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. The wide Hvita 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 ... read more
into a crevice 105 ft deep. The crevice, about 60 ft wide, and 1.6 miles in length, is at right angles to the flow of the river.

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