Gullfoss, was just about a short 10 minute drive from Geysir and as waterfalls go it was pretty spectacular. I would most definitely recommend walking down from the main viewing area and getting closer to the waterfall. In fact, I actually found this view looking down the canyon at the second cascade just magical.
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A cairn is a pile of rocks. It's a Gaelic word. There are cairns everywhere in Iceland. There certainly is not a lack of rocks to build them. You see cairns all along the roads. Some mark the old horse paths that were used before there were roads. I thought they looked really cool and even added a rock every once in a while. This particular one was on the side of Gullfoss waterfall.
Gullfoss Waterfall has rich history in Iceland. It serves as a water source, and it's natural beauty is breathtaking. The temperatures can be very icy near the waterfall. Not to worry, the trail to the edge of the falls and the stairs to a lookout point where I took the picture, will keep your body heat up.
Iceland is a breathtaking young island - filled with stark, contrasting landscapes. Dramatic cliffs dropping off into the ocean, craggy black lava fields, gushing waterfalls and mossy green meadows. Gullfoss just one of three stops on the Golden Circle trail, an easy self-drive from Reykjavik. It is impossible to imagine the power of the waterfall until you start walking closer and hear the roaring water plunging over the edge. The spray from the falls mists your face (and camera lens) from the highest point on the trail and gets more intense as you follow the path down to ground level - so bring a rain jacket with a hood!. We almost didn't make this a stop on our trip because it seemed too touristy - but I highly recommend it as it is even more spectacular in person.
I recently returned from an amazing trip through Iceland. This photo features the famous waterfall, Gullfoss (meaning "Golden Falls").
It is one of the top tourist attractions in Iceland and is really amazing to behold. The water rushes down a rock staircase before dropping into a deep crevice. Note the people on standing on the overlook to the right of the photo to get a sense of the scale.
Gullfoss, Þingvellir National Park, and the geysirs of Haukadalur comprise the popular tourist sightseeing triad known as the Golden Circle.
Park in the main lot and then get ready for a short but stunning walk down to the waterfall. You'll hear it before you see it which only enhances its first (and lasting) impression.
I loved every waterfall I saw in Iceland, but I can see why this is a favorite of people everywhere.
One of the many spectacular views at Gullfoss. This one is closer to the top of the falls. We were there in late November and it was snowing at Gullfoss. It is so spectacular that not even a camera would not do it justice.
You can hike on the trail up but beware, it is quite slippery. Even with a rope to hold on to, I still fell and slipped quite a few times.
A legend tells that Sigridur Tomasdottir, daughter to Tomas Tomasson (who was once the owner of the falls) threatened to throw herself into the falls in an effort to prevent the exploitation of this natural wonder. You can find a stone memorial to Sigridur located above the falls.