Gullfoss

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Gullfoss Waterfall showing landscape views, mist or fog and a cascade

Part of a nature reserve, this waterfall crashing into a deep canyon is among the country’s most iconic features.

Witness the power of the water of River Hvita plunging into a deep crevice at Gullfoss Waterfall. As an integral part of Iceland’s Golden Circle route, the huge cascade is among the county’s most visited landmarks. Get a closer look at the various stages of this great waterfall.

Take one of the many Iceland tours that feature the waterfall as a highlight. These include bus tours around the Golden Circle and river rafting toward the cascades. Walk on the path along the green banks of the river to reach the waterfall. The viewpoint closest to the tremendous site is on a rock that juts out toward the water. Capture photos of this phenomenal triumph of nature with a backdrop of brown and green plains.

A wooden deck farther back from the waterfall provides a vista from above. Listen to the ferocious roar of the water plummeting over a cliff. Hike through the seemingly endless fields in pleasant countryside, which is a stark contrast from city life.

Approach the waterfall from the surrounding green meadows. From here it seems that the river simply vanishes from the earth. With a closer view, the 105-foot (32-meter) drop into which the water plunges becomes visible.

Enjoy a meal at the site’s restaurant, which is famous for its meat soup. Try to spot a rainbow hovering over the falls on a sunny day.

See the stone memorial to Sigriour Tomasdottir, who is said to have threatened to throw herself into the crevice to preserve the waterfall in the late 1800s.

The water appears more powerful in summer and dries up slightly in winter. The Hvita River is fed by one of Iceland’s largest glaciers, the Langjokull. See if you recognize the site. It has become such an icon of Iceland that it is featured in music clips and other artistic references.

Gulfoss Waterfall is 24 miles (39 kilometers) northeast of Laugarvatn in southwestern Iceland. Drive past Geysir Hot Springs on the 30-minute journey to the waterfall. A parking lot beside the waterfall provides ample spaces.

Top Hotels Close to Gullfoss

Geysir Hestar
Geysir Hestar
2.5 out of 5
Kjóastaðir 2, Bláskógabyggd
The price is $100 per night from Feb 24 to Feb 25
Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Strokkur and within 6 mi (10 km) of Gullfoss and Geysir Hot Springs. Brúarfoss is 12.1 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"Due to the global pandemic I was the only guest. There were other friends of he family there and their kids. I was made to feel very welcome and included in a few things. When the local pub closed unexpectedly and I found myself food-less, they made me some Icelandic lamb from their farm for dinner. ..."

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2020

Geysir Hestar
Hotel Gullfoss
Hotel Gullfoss
3 out of 5
Brattholt, Blaskogabyggd, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Gullfoss and 7.2 mi (11.7 km) from Geysir Hot Springs.
4.6/5 Exceptional! (328 reviews)
"Outstanding two night stay at this warm, welcoming hotel. The quality of the rooms, restaurant and foyer are superb. Every member of staff is friendly and generous. Good amazing and brilliant home made bread for breakfast. Perfect base for touring Iceland’s southern areas. Will definitely ..."

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2021

Hotel Gullfoss
Hotel Geysir
Hotel Geysir
4 out of 5
Geysir, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
The price is $245 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
Situated in Bláskógabyggd, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Geysir Hot Springs and 6 mi (9.7 km) from Gullfoss. Thingvellir National Park is 24.1 mi (38.7 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (162 reviews)
"Very close to the geyser field. Nice balcony. Quiet."

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

Hotel Geysir
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Geysir Hestar
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2.5 out of 5
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Litli Geysir
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3 out of 5
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The price is $175 per night from Feb 17 to Feb 18
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2.5 out of 5
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Torfhús Retreat
4 out of 5
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Uthlid Cottages
3 out of 5
Úthlíd, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
The price is $138 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
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