Gullfoss Waterfall

Probably the best known and most visited waterfall in Iceland. Gullfoss translated means "golden waterfall". It has a total height of 32 meters, which is divided into two steps ( 21 and 11 meters), where the water of the river Hvitá flows down.

It is part of the so-called "Golden Circle Day Tour", which you can easily complete in eight hours from Reykjavik; it never fails to stun its visitors with its beauty. The tour also includes a visit to Geysir and Þingvellir

At Gullfoss you find to parking lots on different levels. One up high which gives you a very good overview over the waterfall. Up there you also find the Gullfoss service area, with a restaurant and cafe where you can also purchase souvenirs. Most golden circle tours have their lunch break either here or at Geysir. From there you have a few paths bringing you closer to the waterfall and also stairs to the lower plateau. At the lower parking lot you have a different view which is not less impressive. If you have time you should read the information boards which apart from the facts will also tell you the story of Sigríður Tómasdóttir. She is told to have saved and preserve the waterfalls from being exploited for a power plant. Above the falls you will also find a stone memorial depicting here profile.

For the more adventurous, it also represents the gateway to the highlands with the mountain road Kjölur starting next to the location. This road is the shortest route north, however, it is only open in the summer and is not paved. So you have to estimate 5 hours for the 168 kilometers and you are not allowed with all rental cars to take it. From Gullfoss many people also start their snowmobiling adventure which picks them up at the waterfall and takes them a few kilometers along kjölur road before going on Langjökull glacier. So to cross the highlands you should have at least an SUV but in case you travel by rental car you should confirm with your car rental if the insurance covers mountain roads.

TOURS AROUND THIS AREA

The Prime Golden Circle

The Prime Golden Circle
Visit Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir for a very special price. The offer is only available on Saturdays and Wednesdays and has limited seats.
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Prime Reykjavik Golden Circle Package

Prime Reykjavik Golden Circle Package
Three tours for a special price! A city tour and the blue lagoon on Friday, the Prime Golden Circle on Saturday and the South on Monday!
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The Golden Circle with Friðheimar

The Golden Circle with Friðheimar
The Golden Circle is Iceland´s most popular day tour. It visits Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, Thingvellir national Park and a geothermal greenhouse.
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The Golden Circle Express

The Golden Circle Express
The option for people with less time on their hands but want to see Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir and Thingvellir national park.
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Prime Golden Circle and South Shore

Prime Golden Circle and South Shore
Two day tours for a special price: The Golden Circle on Saturday and the South Shore on Monday
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The Golden Circle on the Rocks

The Golden Circle on the Rocks
Visit Gullfoss, Geysir and drive on a glacier with your own driver guide and superjeep.
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Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon and Prime Golden Circle

Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon and Prime Golden Circle
Have a city tour and visit the blue lagoon on Friday and tour the golden circle on Saturday.
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