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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.
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