Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland

The Gullfoss Waterfall on the Golden Circle in Iceland is truly spectacular. We visited during the winter and the falls were mostly frozen, which made them even more beautiful. It was a very cold day and the observation decks were being hit by the spray from the waterfall, making it even colder as we stood and took photographs. It is an amazing display of the forces of nature at work.


Powerful Waterfall


The Start of the Canyon


Amazing Beauty

Gullfoss Waterfall translates to Golden Waterfall and is probably one of the most photographed images in Iceland. The waterfall is created by the flow of theΒ HvΓ­tΓ‘ (White) River as it flows into a canyon. Although we could have hiked around the waterfall to see it from various views, it was way too cold while were there to take the time to do that. It was the last of the places that we visited as we drove the road that loops around several famous locations outside of Reykjavik known as the Golden Circle.


We Were Very Cold


Panoramic View


Looking Down at the Second of the Falls

As popular as Iceland has become as a place to visit, Gullfoss Waterfall can be quite a busy spot as tour buses travel there throughout the day. Watching the water as it flows down the two steep steps down into the canyon is almost mesmerizing. It was definitely a highlight of our time in Iceland and should be included as part of any visit to the island.

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17 Responses to Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland

  1. olehippies says:

    I have visited there in December and we were just there in June. I love the falls. Both times I rented a car so we drove a lot. I like it better than tours because I can take my time. Well unless it was a brewery tour maybe.

  2. Cee Neuner says:

    Terrific photos, now I have to put a jacket on. Brrr πŸ˜€

  3. Wow this place looks insanely beautiful. More more I’m thinking of going to Iceland for a visit. This may have made my mind up πŸ™‚

  4. What a beautiful fall. We absolutely loved it when we were there in May (it was a little warmer too ha!) How cold was it that day? How long were you there for? We actually have a post out on 5 free things to do in Reykjavik and would love your opinion on it! You can find it at

  5. Mesmerising , I have recently returned from Iceland (15days back) and the holiday hangover continues.
    Your post is so wonderful .thanks for sharing it.
    do visit sunniesmybunnies for my recent poetry on Iceland.

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  7. Thanks for sharing. Took the Iceland Golden Circle tour as well in late sept, early oct with my family… amazing and unforgettable experience. The ever changing landscapes are really incredible and amazing to see in real life… cheers and happy travels. Here’s the first half of our journey there.

    • Yes, the every changing landscape is amazing. We were there in winter and literally went from driving on roads cover with 6 inches of snow and we drove over a lava field and the snow was completely gone. We check out your post.

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