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Gullfoss Waterfall

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.

Popular Activities at Gullfoss Waterfall

There are loads of ways to experience this attraction. Here's some things to do at Gullfoss Waterfall:

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Hotel Gullfoss $103
Reviewed on May 15, 2019
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Hotel Gullfoss

Hotel Gullfoss

Brattholt, Blaskogabyggd, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
     
    4.6 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Good location. Staff was very friendly including the owner's daughter. Breakfast was good with fruit, vegetables, breads, etc.

    Litli Geysir $133
    Reviewed on May 18, 2019
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    Litli Geysir

    Litli Geysir

    Geysir, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
       
      4.4 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Looove this place! Excellent location, super clean room, and friendly staff. Very close to restaurants and beautiful sites. Would definitely recommend staying.

      Geysir Cottages $126
      Reviewed on Sep 20, 2018
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      Geysir Cottages

      Geysir Cottages

      Geysir, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
         
        4.2 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0

        Very nice location and cottage.

        Hotel Geysir
        Hotel Geysir

        Hotel Geysir

        Geysir, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
           
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Haukadalur, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Strokkur and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Geysir Hot Springs. Gullfoss is 6 mi (9.7 km) away.

          Brand new to Homeaway
          Reviewed on Mar 3, 2019
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          Brand new to Homeaway

          Brand new to Homeaway

          blaskogabyggd
             
            5.0 of 5
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            We had a great stay at this cabin. Six adults in our party and we had a nice amount of space. It's beautifully decorated and comfortable.The kitchen is great. We cooked and played cards while an epic wind storm raged outside and felt nice and cozy. We walked to the Geysir and also to the Little Geysir ...

            Geysir
            Geysir

            Geysir

            Geysir; Haukdalur; 801 Selfoss,, Haukadalur, South Iceland
               
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Haukadalur, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Strokkur and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Geysir Hot Springs. Gullfoss is 6 mi (9.7 km) away.

              Geysir Vacation House
              Geysir Vacation House

              Geysir Vacation House

              Geysir
                 
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                Uthlid Cottages $116
                Reviewed on May 2, 2019
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                Uthlid Cottages

                Uthlid Cottages

                Úthlíd, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Location is great. Easy to get around to the nearby attractions. Best place to see Northern lights