No clearing of the roads on Tuesdays and Saturdays
Just a word of warning, the roads to Gullfoss are not cleared of snow by the Road Administration of Iceland on Tuesdays and Saturdays. If it has been snowing a lot then this can cause a problem for visitors, especially those travelling on their own without guidance. But the buses on the guided tours have also run into difficulties here in winter time.
Another thing: the paths and the lower parking lot can be really slippery and guests are falling left and right there, some of them breaking bones. Nobody spreads sand there to prevent thi and last time I visited we were sliding like crazy. The bus drivers have been thinking of carrying sand with them to spread on the ice as they have witnessed too many accidents here.
The path leading to Gullfoss is sometimes closed due to it being too slippery.
Now finally in January 2014 the Environmental Institute decided on spreading sand on the lower parking lot by the waterfall.
There were some problems with the first sand truck as it was so heavy that it smashed the path.
In the winter of 2013-2014 at least six buses slid off the roads on the Golden Circle.
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 photography and as a result, a lot of the photos that you'll see on this page are "artistically enhanced", or to be more truthful, just plain wet smudged by the rain!. Don't forget to guard you lens and have something to keep your lenses dry. Bring warm clothes and watch your step as you make your way down the path toward the falls as you'll get your shoes pretty muddy if you're not careful.
Beware of slippery path
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.
- Hiking and Walking