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The Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland

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Iceland is a country of waterfalls and one of the most famous is theGullfoss waterfall, in golden circle. A place that was about to be destroyed, if the plans to build a power plant had gone forward. Fortunately, the plans were canceled and today Gullfoss is a protected place that can be visited year-round.


The Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland

Gullfoss waterfall

Iceland is a place of contrasts. The human being has known how to live with nature, taking advantage of everything around him to survive in a hostile environment. So much that a hundred years ago they destroyed all the forests in the country and now finding a group of trees is quite complicated. Despite that mistake, they were about to end up with one of the most beautiful places in the country, theGullfoss waterfall. In favor of modern civilization and harnessing the strength of river waters Hvítá, a foreign investment group tried to acquire the land from its owners, Tómas Tómasson and Halldór Halldórsson. Fortunately, it seems that the accounts did not go out and ended up being sold to the state, and with that the place was separated from speculation.


The Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland

Gullfoss is probably Iceland's most visited waterfall, based on the immense parking at its entrance as well as a modern visitor center with restaurant included. Everything to put a nice finishing touch to the golden circle if we plan to do it in a single day.


The Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland

From the parking lot you can hear the noise produced by the waterfall, from where we take some stairs down. Here it is normal for us to get wet, even when it does not rain since the wind usually blows in the area taking part of the suspended water produced by the waterfalls.


The Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland

Below there are several viewpoints but perhaps the most beautiful of all is the one above, from where we can see a panoramic view of the waterfall. If we get tired of this part, there is another very little used option where we can place ourselves at the right end of the waterfall.


The Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland

To get there we have to turn around and take the first left turn. We follow the road, and after crossing the riverHvítáwe take the deviation from the left. This takes us to a dirt track and where we will have to use a GPS to reach the parking indicated on the map above.


The Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland

In the parking lot just 6 or 7 cars enter and right next to it there is a fence with a door that we must cross. The path through flowers is really spectacular, where in just 10 minutes we will reach the foot of the waterfalls. Eye, there is no protective barrier.


The Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland

Practical data

When to go to the Gullfoss waterfall?

You can visit all year since it runs all along roads that are maintained even in winter. The ideal is to do it between spring and well into autumn. In winter there are activities that can be canceled such as diving in Silfra.

How to get to the Gullfoss waterfall?

The two main ways to do it is by using your own vehicle or by using one of the many tours that run every day. We can also use public transport by taking the bus that leaves from Reykjavík towards Gullfoss (6 / 6A lines). It usually leaves at 10:00 AM and returns at 4:00 PM, 1 daily.

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What to wear

There are not many shops on the way and the few restaurants are expensive and usually full. Ideally, take our own food because it will be necessary to buy it at service stations or at tourist stalls.

What clothes do we have to wear ... this is Iceland and it can be very cold and we can have a downpour at any time. This means that we must be prepared for everything.

Where to sleep?

It is known that Iceland's hotel offer is scarce and is usually quite expensive. Reykjavík is no exception and finding something below € 60 is complicated. These are the hotels we use on our trip:

  • Guesthouse Pavi: this was one of our choices for its price, the cheapest. The rooms are small and the bathroom is shared. Its situation is very good and if we are not going to spend more than two nights in the city it is an option to take into account.
  • The Capital Inn: another hotel we tried, with good prices and comfortable rooms. Internet and breakfast included. The downside is its location, away from the center and requiring a car to reach it.

Other recommendations

We must leave with a full tank of Reykjavík because gas stations are scarce.

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