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Gullfoss, Blaskogabyggd

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Feel the mist from Gullfoss, a stunning waterfall in southwest Iceland, as you walk right up close to the natural wonder. One of the most visited attractions in the country, the powerful falls plunge in two stages into a narrow crevice of the Hvita river. From afar, the 32 m (105 ft) deep crevice is hidden from sight, so when walking to the falls, you get the impression that the Hvita River just disappears into the ground. Hike along the crevice, which is 2.5 km (1.5 mi) long, and admire the incredible volume of water constantly rushing over the edge. The waterfall, along with Thingvellir and the geysers of Haukadalur, is part of the Golden Circle, which can make a great day tour. Plan to see Gullfoss and other attractions that appeal to you using our Blaskogabyggd itinerary planner.
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  • The shear power of this waterfall is amazing! You can see this sight easily by driving yourself- do not need to go on a tour. Dress in waterproof layers because you will feel the cold spray- even in J...  more »
  • This truly spectacular (free to enter) waterfall is located on the 'Golden Circle' circuit and, therefore, was it busy with tourists even when we visited at 17.00 in early March. There are a 100 steps...  more »
  • On a winter day with blue skies, the waterfall really is a stunner! Also the short way is nice.
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  • Absolutely stunning landscape. Europe's largest waterfall with an unspoilt beauty and raw power. A must-see in the area. Nice little souvenir shop and cafe, but bring deep pockets as it isn't cheap. Bring sensible warm clothes and shoes or else the cold and damp and wind will kick your ass.
  • It's beautiful, and it marks the start of the environmentalist movement in Iceland. The story tells that the waterfall would be a source for a water plant project. A local farmer walked barefoot to Reykjavik and threatened to throw herself from Gullfoss if the project didn't stop. Since then the waterfall is protected and will always be. That farmer because Iceland's first environmentalist. There are other folk stories involving this place but I like that one the most. Still, this is not my favourite waterfall in Iceland. More of a mandatory touristy stop while touring the Golden Circle.
  • Being a Canadian, this was quite the experience. The force of gullfoss was intense. It's so well hidden from the main road that you don't expect it until you see a canyon and probably some mist from the road. Really nice. Oh, and their lamb soup is the best in the country. Unlimited refills for the win!!
  • This place is absolutely stunning. Ive been travelling for the last 6 months and its still got to be the most beautiful natural wonder ive seen. On the day we went we had beautiful blue skies and sunshine, there was a bit of ice on the path and yellow tape said not to go down there but there were heaps of people down by the falls so we went very carefully. It was gorgeous, we spent an hour alone just admiring and taking pictures. Although we got in trouble eventually when a local saw us, it was honestly the highlight of my trip to Iceland.
  • This was the first waterfall we experienced on our trip, and it was certainly a good place to start. This massive waterfall is one that you see from above and at crest level. There are a few different spots to view the falls from. Each gives a spectacular view, but only some will get you seriously drenched in mist. I'm not joking - if you go to the viewpoint right beside the falls, you will want to take a rain coat or something.