Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss Waterfall is one of the most impressive highlights nearby Reykjavik, located in southwestern Iceland, along the Hvítá River.

It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland and is known for its beauty and impressive size.

Gullfoss, also named the Golden Waterfall in Blaskogabyggd in South Iceland, is a spectacular view of the forces of untouched nature. Gullfoss is part of the Golden Circle tour, where you see all the biggest attractions in Iceland.

Gullfoss means "Golden Falls" in Icelandic, and the name comes from the golden hue the waterfall takes on when it catches the light of the setting sun. The waterfall is two separate cascades that drop a total of 32 meters into a narrow canyon below.

The waterfall is located in the Golden Circle, a popular tourist route that includes Geysir and Thingvellir, National Park. Visitors to Gullfoss can walk along a series of trails and observation decks to get different views of the waterfall and its surroundings. There is also a visitor centre and a cafe on site.

In addition to its natural beauty, Gullfoss also has a fascinating history. In the early 20th century, plans were made to harness the power of the waterfall to generate electricity. However, a young woman named Sigríður Tómasdóttir fought tirelessly to protect the waterfall and prevent its development. Her efforts were successful, and Gullfoss was eventually designated as a protected natural site in Iceland.

Overall, Gullfoss is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Iceland. Its beauty and historical significance make it one of the country's most important natural landmarks.


The size of the waterfall

The water in the waterfall comes from Iceland´s second-biggest glacier, the Langjökull. The water plummets down 32 meters in two stages into a rugged canyon, which is up to 70 meters in height, and if the sun shines, a rainbow can be seen over the falls.

It is the most known waterfall in Iceland, located close to Reykjavík. "The Golden Circle Tour" got its name from this waterfall, and it is one of the stops with Geysir and Thingvellir.

Getting to Gullfoss

You will find Gullfoss waterfall, only about a 2 hours drive from Reykjavík by road number 35. 

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  • Lattitude: 64.326111
  • Longitude: -20.121111