Glaciers/ Geysers/ Waterfalls, Reykjavík Region
About an hour's drive away from Reykjavik is Gullfoss (pronounced Gutl-foss). This majestic waterfall is quite humbling. The power that runs through it's falls really make you realize how powerless we are compared to nature. The beauty of the canyon it runs through, and the falls themselves, are hard to match in our world. It's a popular tourist site with a great history. An Icelandic woman fought to keep Gullfoss from being turned into a hydroelectric powerplant. She won her battle and thanks to her, we can still enjoy this marvel of nature. You can visit this on the same day you visit Þingvellir and Geysir. Please see my Travelogue for more pictures
Directions: Þingvellir is a town on the Þingvallavatn (a lake). Follow the road to Geysir and then to Gullfoss.
At GULLFOSS, the waters originate on the Langjokull glacier & drops a total of 32 m (104 ft) in 2 stages into the Gullfossgljufur Gorge. On a sunny day, you can see a huge rainbow across the entire waterfalls & it's really an incredible sight!
One of the most beautiful waterfall I've come across. In order to see its magnificence, click on the photo to see the bigger picture. Of course, the only way one could feel the absolute beauty of it is to be there & see it with your own eyes!
Gullfoss is one of those miracles in Iceland and it is Europe's most powerfull waterfall. You can't explain that with words or pics, it is so must to see. You can feel the power of water and air, you see strong rockys and the land made of stone.
Geysir park is home to several Geysers. Geysir, the largest is of greatest fame. All of the geysers in the world get there name from Geysir. It no longer erupts that often, and at times, manmade eruptions are done using soap. Strokkur, a smaller geyser just a stone's throw from Geysir never fails to impress. It erupts every 10-15 minutes and shoots up about 20 meters. The picture shows Strokkur in all it's splendor. You can include Geysir park on your day trip of Þingvellir, and Gullfoss. Please see my travelogue for more pictures.
Directions: Up the road from Þingvellir
GEYSIR & STROKKUR. Another must on the Golden Circle Route.
Geysir - meaning 'Gusher' was formed in the 13th century but erupted at irregular intervals since an earthquake in 2000.
Strokkur is just adjacent to Geysir & erupts at regular interval of 5-10 minutes.
You're in Iceland, the country of geysirs. You have two possibilities. Either you take a long daytrip to the real geysir or visit Haetta, the artificial geysir which is located in Reykjavik.
The picture is of the artificial one. It works with the same principle as the real geysirs.
The Strokkur goes so on time that it must be controlled. Probably the geysir died years ago, but to keep the tourists coming Disney is making money now.
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Gullfoss its an impressiv waterfall about two hours driving from Reykjavík, impressive landscapes at its surroundings.
The Golden circle tour was quite expensive but well worth it as we got a complete guided tour of frozen waterfalls (gulfoss), geysirs, lava fields, greenhouses and much more!
You sould take a bus around Iceland and check the Gullfoss, geysirs and vulcanos. Nature is so amazing, you must see them. Ask from tourist information, they arrange some bus tours.