Waterfalls of Iceland: Gullfoss

Waterfalls dot the landscape in Iceland.  Have a few days in the Land of Ice and Fire?  You’ll get to see two or three major waterfalls.  A few weeks to spend?  You’ll see most of the major ones.  A few months?  You’ll know the waterfalls inside and out.

These posts will highlight waterfalls from our Summer 2016 tour.  Our list is NOT intended to be comprehensive.  We start with Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most-visited attractions.

Location:  Gullfoss is about an hour and a half from Reykjavik, which is good and bad.  Tourists and buses fill the parking lot.  The stairs to the lower lookout area were overrun with people during our stop.  Gullfoss is very accessible, despite the crowds.  You can get very close to the falls, as seen in the bottom photo.

The pros:  An iconic waterfall (great photos), beautiful canyon area, close to Reykjavik, ability to get close to the parts of the waterfall, accessible for people of all ages (the upper lookout is accessible, the lower lookout has stairs)

The cons:  Highly-visited area, everyone trying to get the “perfect” photo

Nearby:  Geysir geothermal area, Thingvellir (these stops along with Gullfoss make up the Golden Circle).

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