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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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Golden Circle Express Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, null
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Golden Circle Express Tour from Reykjavik

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The Golden Circle is a collection of Iceland's most famous natural wonders and a must-see for any visitor to Iceland. This express version of the classic ...  Read more

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

From USD $75.31
Snorkeling Silfra Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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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 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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Your day starts at 9am with hotel pickup before spending 8 hours exploring the beauty of Iceland with your guide/driver.  This private full-day tour takes ...  Read more

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

From USD $163.71
Small-Group Golden Circle and Kerid Volcanic Crater Day Trip from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Small-Group Golden Circle and Kerid Volcanic Crater Day Trip from Reykjavik

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The Golden Circle is the most visited and popular day trip in Iceland. It includes some of the most spectacular attractions in Iceland, including Thingvellir, ...  Read more

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

From USD $84.00
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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Journey around Iceland's famed Golden Circle on this 9-hour guided tour from Reykjavík. See three of Iceland’s natural highlights: Gullfoss waterfall, ...  Read more

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

From USD $105.00
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

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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.)

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Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Hot Springs Day Trip from Reykjavík, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Hot Springs Day Trip from Reykjavík

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Combine the popular Golden Circle sightseeing tour with a relaxing trip to the phenomenal Secret Lagoon natural hot springs. Soak in the unique and natural ...  Read more

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

From USD $106.41
Golden Circle Evening Express Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle Evening Express Tour from Reykjavik

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Explore Iceland’s popular Golden Circle on this 6-hour evening express tour from Reykjavik. Make stops at the Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall and ...  Read more

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

From USD $81.00
Golden Circle and Off-Road Buggy Experience from Reykjavík, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle and Off-Road Buggy Experience from Reykjavík

See Iceland's natural wonders on this 10-hour tour from Reykjavík to the Golden Circle. Visit some of Iceland's most famous tourist spots, including ...  Read more

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

From USD $584.84
Extended Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Extended Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

Explore Iceland’s Golden Circle on this extended 12-hour tour from Reykjavik in a 4x4. Visit Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal field, the ...  Read more

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

From USD $260.84

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