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Gulfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss is a massive waterfall on the river Hvita which originates in the glacial lake Langjokull. Gullfoss means 'golden falls' because the glacial sediment in the water turns the falls golden in the sunlight. The water falls 105 feet (32 meters) in two steps. As you approach, you hear the falls before you see the wild, tumbling water as the river valley is a deep, dramatic crevasse. You can stand at the top or walk down the path to the bottom.

During the first half of the 20th century, the then-owners of the waterfall and surrounding land leased it to foreign investors who were keen to build a hydroelectric plant but their plans fell through. Then it was sold to Iceland but even then there was talk of harnessing the power of the river. Legend has it that local landowner Sigridur Tomasdottir loved the place so much that she threatened to throw herself into the falls in protest, and then walked to Reykjavik barefoot in protest, thus making her point heard. She is credited with saving the falls and a statue of her was erected at Gullfoss.

Practical Info

Gullfoss is 75 miles (120 kilometers) from Reykjavik. It is an easy and popular day trip and part of the Golden Circle route taken by tours.

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Snorkeling Silfra Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, null
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Snorkeling Silfra Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

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Enjoy this day trip from Reykjavik to Thingvellir National Park and experience snorkelling between two continental plates - the North American and Eurasian in ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $268.00
Golden Circle and Fontana Geothermal Spa Day Trip from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle and Fontana Geothermal Spa Day Trip from Reykjavik

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This amazing day tour takes you around the Golden Circle to see three of Iceland’s most famous highlights; the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Golden Circle of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik by Jeep, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik by Jeep

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This private full-day tour takes place on the most popular in Iceland routes and will allow a convenient way for you visit some of unique landmarks which are ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $154.01
Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

The most iconic historical and natural attractions of Iceland : The Golden Circle combined with the chase of the fascinating natural phenomenon of the ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $204.21
Wonders of Iceland: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Wonders of Iceland: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling from Reykjavik

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One of the most popular tours in Iceland due to the number of experiences you can enjoy all in one day, the Golden Circle and Snowmobile adventure comes highly ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $619.00
Golden Circle and Off-Road Buggy Experience from Reykjavík, Reykjavik, Ski & Snow
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This tour is the Golden Circle tour plus an added extra. You will get to visit all the iconic tourist spots in Iceland including the Þingvellir national ...  Read more

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Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Golden Circle Evening Express Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Golden Circle Evening Express Tour from Reykjavik

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This tour allows you to experience an erupting geyser, a spectacular waterfall and a gorgeous National Park, all within the space of a few hours. On this ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Extended Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Extended Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

The most iconic historical and natural attractions of Iceland with a relaxing end to it: a bath in a natural hot spring… Highlights of the Tour include ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $239.57
Grand Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Grand Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik

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This grand Golden Circle tour takes you to the most popular sights where you can experience the three highlights of the South West of Iceland: Geysir, Gulfoss ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $68.00
Golden Circle Afternoon Tour by Minibus, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle Afternoon Tour by Minibus

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Explore the unique volcanic and arctic nature of Iceland. This Golden Circle Afternoon tour is a shorter version of the Grand Golden Circle tour and a great ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00

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