Gullfoss - Golden Waterfall, Reykjavík
The waterfall is easily accessible by car and is a short drive from east of Geyser, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Gullfoss is in the river Hvíta and descends over a distance of 32 meters in two stages
The surface of the Gullfoss waterfall is basalt and less hard rock. Can be walked all the way to the waterfall through a small walk from the car park . Through a path you walk to the rocks near the waterfall. From here you have a magnificent view over the Hvíta and Gullfoss
Again there is a souvenir shop, cafe and clean, free toilets here. From the parking lot you can see a huge glacier in the distance. There are several paths here. You can go very close to the waterfall. You will get covered in spray. You can walk down the stairs then walk away from the falls to get a good shot with most of the falls in. Or you can view the falls from the path above. I did all of these. You get very wet very close and can only photo gushing water without a sense of the scale of the falls, though I suppose you very much get a sense of their immense power. Better shots can be taken further away. The light forms a huge rainbow through the spray from the falls.
Along with Dettifoss, Gullfoss is one of Iceland's most famous and beautiful waterfalls located around 6km from Geysir. While not as powerful as Dettifoss (Euroope's most powerful) it is arguably Iceland's most beautiful, where the glacial water falls over two sets of cataracts.
Visitng in summer and winter leads to two differnt, but equally stunning scenes as the water cascades through the waterfall. In winter you have the added bonus of seeing parts of the water frozen and forming strange ice formations over the rocks all set against a white wintery landscape which adds to the sight while in summer you have a greener landscape and added power in the falls.
The falls are now part of a nature reserve but were once in danger of bein sacrificed for the sake of a hydro electric dam which the government had planned to build here in the 1920's. Thanks to the efforts of Sigridur Tomasdottir and her battle against her father (who owned the land) and then the government to stop the building of the dam we can still witness the glory and beauty of Gullfoss. It is frightening to think that this wonderfull place came so close to being destroyed.