waterfall in Iceland. Located on the famous Golden Circle where you’ll find
Geysir and the Thingvellir National Park, these natural beauties are a must
visit in the south of Iceland. The waterfall is 32 meters high, and the
surrounding canyon reaches 70 meters high. Gullfoss waterfall is on the white
river Hvítá, which is powered by the second largest glacier in Iceland,
troubled history. In the early twentieth century, English investors wanted to
buy Gulfoss, which then belonged to the farmer Tómas Tómasson, for use in the
production of electricity. The farmer refused to sell Gullfoss but instead
decided to rent the waterfall; his daughter Sigridur who loved Gullfoss did
everything to cancel this contract, even threatened to throw herself into the
waterfall if investors began to build near Gullfoss infrastructure. After years
of legal battles, the rental contract was canceled. Sigridur is considered
Iceland’s first environmentalist. Tómas’s son became the owner of the waterfall
and sold it to the Icelandic government. In 1979, the waterfall became a nature
between Selfoss town and the Skógafoss waterfall. This cascade, born on
Seljalandsá river forms a fall of 60 meters. Seljalandfoss is well-known in
Iceland for being a unique waterfall because you can walk behind it.
waterfall Gljúfrabúi, also known as Glúfrafoss. You can access it from the farm
Hamragarðar that is accessible from the road.
Skóga river. Skógafoss is one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland with a drop
of 60 meters and is 25 metres wide.
Viking, who settled in the area, Thrasi Thorolfsson, hid treasure in a cave
behind the waterfall. Legend says that local landowners found the treasure
chest a few years later, but unable to grasp the ring on the side to open it,
the treasure chest eventually disappeared.
45minutes on a well-marked easy path and
along the way, you will find benches to rest. The return hike back is a little
quicker because the road is downhill.
careful because the path is very slippery; we highly recommend you use
volcano in southern Iceland, on Route 32. At the river Fossa, there is a drop
of 122 meters. You can hike starting from the historical farm Þjóðveldisbærinn Stöng, and after a three-hour walk, you will find the waterfall along the
visitors unaware of the dangers of getting too close to the edge of steep
waterfalls. Yes! Icelandic nature is powerful and energetic, but also, let’s
not forget to respect that it’s sometimes fragile too. There is still little
infrastructure around the waterfall sites listed above. Pathways and fences are
few, so please be careful! And remember! “no fence” is not an invitation to get
as near as you wish. At Gullfoss, some pathways don’t include chains and
barriers preventing access to the most dangerous areas near the waterfall. Take
in the lovely view of course… but don’t let the view take you!