Gullfoss Waterfall ~ Iceland

The majestic Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland, near Reykjavik during summer.

This majestic waterfall is Gullfoss, one of the biggest in Iceland, located on the popular “golden circle” tour.

Located in the canyon of Hvítá river southwest of the island, it abruptly plunges into a crevice 32 m (105 ft) deep, giving the impression that it disappears in the depths of the earth.
Intended to be used to generate electricity in the first half of the 20th century, the waterfall was rented to foreign investors but the project failed due to lack of money. It was then sold to the state of Iceland.

It is told that Sigríður Tómasdóttir, the daughter of Tómas Tómasson the original owner of the waterfall, was determined to preserve Gullfoss from being exploited and threatened to throw herself into it from a cliff. A stone memorial is located above the falls in her honor.

  • Dustin Main | Skinny Backpacker

    I’ve wanted to travel to Iceland for years. Yet another reason to go now…

    • Daniel Nahabedian

      You should, maybe after Antarctica? hehehe

      • Dustin Main | Skinny Backpacker

        Maybe summer 2011… it’ll be to cold in Jan! :)

        • Daniel Nahabedian

          True true… But you haven’t seen how AWESOME the waterfall looks like when it’s all frozen in winter hehehe.

  • Kerry-ann

    This is an awesome photo – never got round to going but definitely now on my bucket wish list.

    • Daniel Nahabedian

      Yes, Iceland is a beautiful magical country. It’s so far my fave :)

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  • Juan

    Awesome indeed, this photo made my day!

    • Daniel Nahabedian