A breathtaking experience!
Too Many Tourists Around It...
Well, Take The Golden Circle Tour If You Can't Come Here By Yourself...
Gullfoss, or Golden Falls, is perhaps Iceland's most famous waterfall. And for good reason as it is amazing - comparable to Niagara in terms of size and power. It is part of the popular Golden Circle route, so it tends to be crowded. We visited Gullfoss with Iceland Guided Tours on the Golden Circle Tour. Gullfoss is actually two waterfalls, with...more
Faxi is a waterfall near Gullfoss and Geysir on the popular Golden Circle route. We visited this waterfall on our tour of the Golden Circle with Iceland Guided Tours. When we stopped, the tour guide told us this is the "small" one. Faxi is quite wide, but not real high - maybe 5 m or so. But nonetheless, it didn't seem like a small waterfall to me....more
Gullfoss, or Golden Falls, is Iceland's top tourist attraction, and with good reason. Trails take you up close and personal to the Upper and Lower Falls. The volcanic nature of Iceland is visible in the outflow valley of the falls with sides of columnar basalt. It is an easy day trip from Reykjavik. Many travellers will combine this with...more
From the upper parking lot by Gullfoss restaurant and Sigríðarstofa you have a good view of Langjökull glacier which is 1355 m and the second largest glacier in Iceland. You can get guided tours on the glacier. Never go unaccompanied on Langjökull glacier, there have been fatal accidents there. And even experienced Icelanders have had trouble...more
Immediately when you pass the lower waterfall there is a big sill from where you reach the upper waterfall. That waterfall is beautiful as well as you are so very close to it. The cascade is not big, but still the closeness to it and the lower waterfall make this a breathtaking experience.I have added a photo from above of the sill and people on it...more
There are two parking lots by Gullfoss, take the first right turn for the falls themselves, and follow the road for the upper level where Sigríðarstofa and the restaurant are located. If you arrive at the upper level there are steps leading to the lower level.There is a breathtaking view from the lower parking lot. And there is a path leading...more
There is a "museum" in remembrance of Sigríður Tómasdóttir (1871-1957), the saviour of Gullfoss, by the upper parking lot by Gullfoss, right next to Gullfoss Café. It is called Sigríðarstofa and there you can read about Sigríður´s heroic act on saving Gullfoss.Gullfoss was contracted to foreigners by the farmer, Tómas, who owned this land. They...more
There is a beautiful view of Gullfoss on the upper level where the restaurant and Sigríðarstofa are located. There is both a platform there and a path leading further alongside the waterfall, i.e. above the waterfall. I recommend going there as well to see a different view of the waterfall. You can see the sill to the upper level of the waterfall...more
From August 2007:Gullfoss waterfall is about an hour drive from Selfoss. There are 2 parking lots.The lower parking lot (the right driveway) is closer to the waterfall. Take the trail to the fall and you will stand right next to it. You can also walk to the right along the fall to see the lower part better.The upper parking lot (the left driveway)...more
Gullfoss (The Golden waterfall) is Iceland's most famous waterfall, and one of the naturalwonders of the world. Gullfoss is also Europe’s most powerful waterfall. The enormous white glacial cascade drops 32 metres into a narrow canyon which is 70 metres deep and 2.5 kilometres long. Gullfoss is actually two separate waterfalls, the upper one has a...more
As you make your way down the "low road," you get a better and better view of the lower half of the falls. Obviously, as you get closer, you can't quite see the entire two-tiered falls (or can't photograph it, anyway...), but you get to see more detail in one section; in this case, the lower falls.more
If you can draw your eyes away from the falls for a minute or two, turn around and look at the view inland. If the weather is clear, you can get an excellent view of the Langjökull glacier. If you have a telephoto lens, you can probably get excellent shots of it. For me, I had to settle for my 4x Zoom, but the photos still came out OK.more
When you get to Gullfoss, you'll find there are two possible paths. If you take the first right turn off the road, you'll find yourself in a lower parking lot, next to a "low" path to the falls. If you take the second right turn, you'll end up in an upper parking lot, next to the restaurant, the park center, and WCs -- as well as a "high" path...more
Gulfoss isn't the largest or the highest waterfall in Iceland, but it is certainly the most famous. The well-known Golden Circle Tour that you can take from Reykjavik gets its name from the Golden Waterfalls that you see here. I was here on a cold and wet day in April, so I didn't see any "golden" hues here, but I did see a very impressive...more
Well, this is the biggest waterfall in Europe and it is obviously why you would go here. It is nothing short of amazing. Unlike many of the natural places in the US, you can walk right up to the edge of these falls and fall in if you want. I recommend against that though as it would be a one way trip.It is definitely worth the drive and the trip to...more
There are two parking lots by Gullfoss, one down by the waterfall and one by the main road on the hill. Gullfoss Café is up on the hill, just walk up the stairs from the first parking lot. There is a souvenir shop there as well. It is well worth stopping there after visiting the breathtaking waterfall Gullfoss and eating a good traditional...more
Well, this cafe at the Gullfoss site seemed OK. The food was reasonably priced and tasty. However, in hindsight, the sandwich I picked was not a wise choice. While my smoked lamb sandwich tasted just fine, I had "tummy trouble" very shortly after eating it. As a result, I need to mark the restaurant's rating down, since my getting sick shortly...more
There's only one choice for food here at the waterfalls, but the restaurant here is actually quite good. You'll find a path at the top of the stairs from the falls that leads towards the restaurant and gift shop. I had a traditional Icelandic lamb stew and a bottle of water for 1300 Kr (about $20, ouch!) which was quite tasty. It came with as much...more
Bílar og fólk Bus Line 2 runs twice daily June 1 - August 31 from Reykjavík bus station via Selfoss. Reykjavik Excursions also runs seasonal (June 15 - August 31) passenger (i.e., non-"Golden Circle" tour) service from Reykjavík via Þingvellir. Finally, roughly from June to August, Bílar og fólk also runs overland buses between Reykjavík and...more
Me and my friends travelled to Iceland recently and one of them is in wheelchair, we were rather skeptical before our holiday in Iceland but before we left we contacted All Iceland Tours who specialize in holidays with disabled tourists.They assured us that nothing was to be worried about. At the airport they picked us up and i have travelled...more
I really wanted to see this on my own terms by renting a car and checking out some of the highlights of the Golden Circle Tour alone, but after looking into the costs, I decided to join a tour. I looked into a couple of the tour companies and Iceland Excursions offered the best price, so I jumped on it. In retrospect, it turned out to be a good...more
The weather can be unpredictable in Iceland so it's always a good idea to come prepared with appropriate clothing, which usually means, warm, waterproof clothes worn in layers. The weather wasn't great on the day that I was here, so my waterproof jacket and layers of clothing came in handy, but I wasn't as prepared for the rain when it came to...more
If you go to Gullfoss during certain times of the year, you should exercise care when walking, because some of the paths may be iced up from leftover snow. The combination of leftover snow and constant spray from the fall can create an iced up pathway. Having snow shoes or hiking boots should be adequate.more
Basically, your tour guide (if you've taken an excursion) will tell you on arrival at the stop at Gullfoss that the Icelandic Lamb Soup is by far the best thing there. It's also by chance the most overpriced item on the menu, but that doesn't stop most of the tourist crowd buying it anyway and being disappointed by paying over 1,000 ISK each for what's basically a bit of stock with some vegetables thrown in.
Fun Alternatives: Plenty of other goodies on the menu that are FAR less expensive.
The canyon where the Gullfoss Waterfall flows into is called Gullfossglujur Gorge...On a sunny day, the water would so clear that sometimes Gullfoss is also called The Golden Waterfall...So...this was my last photo at the Gullfoss Waterfall...(snif ! snif !...)On this photo, you can see the craggy cliffs that I climbed up to, The car park where...more
The canyon where the Gullfoss Waterfall flows into is called Gullfossglujur Gorge...On a sunny day, the water would so clear that sometimes Gullfoss is also called The Golden Waterfall...For a better contrast of how big the area is, look at my photo on the left !So, it was on the left of this photo where I clamber up the craggy cliffs !It's not...more
The canyon where the Gullfoss Waterfall flows into is called Gullfossglujur Gorge...On a sunny day, the water would so clear that sometimes Gullfoss is also called The Golden Waterfall...Now you can see how BIG the waterfall is in contrast with the 'small' people walking just next to it !It's great that I managed to capture this !more