Destination Europe

Golden Circle Tour – Gullfoss Waterfall

Posted on
January 14, 2020

The Golden Circle is Icelands most popular destination and consists of Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, the powerful Gullfoss waterfall and the explosive geysir geothermal area.

We booked our Golden Circle Tour with Grayline and our first stop was Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. In my second post of our Golden Circle Tour, we start back on the coach for the hour long journey to Gullfoss.

Gullfoss (Golden Falls) is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland.

There is a large visitor centre which apparently serves the most amazing lamb stew, but as we only had an hour to explore, we headed down the path to see the waterfall in all its glory and it is a real “WOW” moment when it comes into view.


Located in the canyon of the Hvítá river, the waterfall cascades 32 meters down in two stages.

There are two viewing platforms, one which means negotiating a huge metal staircase, which brings you out by the lower, larger waterfall and the other which is a flat walk to the first waterfall drop.

It is worth spending time at both!

The first, shorter cascade is 11 metres, whilst the second drop is 21 metres, meaning that the waterfall does throw a huge spray into the surrounding area, so take your waterproofs!

I was surprised to learn that the waterfall is actually stronger in the summer because its water is fed directly from the Langjökull glacier, but whatever time of year you visit, you just want to stand and watch it, even in the rain!

We also learned some of the history around the waterfall and how an English businessman wanted to turn it into a hydro-electric plant in the early 20th century. Thankfully he was stopped thanks to a very determined environmentalist called Sigríður, whose plaque is displayed close to the waterfall.

It is a fascinating and beautiful place to visit and as I mentioned in my previous post, if you do intend to book a Golden Circle Tour, I would recommend asking how long you will spend in each location as an hour was not long enough and I would have liked to visit the visitor centre and cafe.

To be continued………

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    Elizabeth Keene

    January 14, 2020

    I love all of your photos! It looks like a gorgeous place to visit – and to hike.

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    January 15, 2020

    Oh, wow! I’d never heard of the Gullfoss Waterfall before. It looks absolutely incredible. I’d love to take the little ones to see it 🙂

    Louise x

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    Sim @ Sim's Life

    January 15, 2020

    That looks so spectacular just from your images, to actually be there in person would be amazing! I am insanely jealous! Definitely on my bucket list to spend some time travelling around Iceland. Good to know about the Lamb Stew, shame you didn’t get to try it, but it is an excuse to return! 😉 Sim x

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    Catherine Santiago Jose

    January 15, 2020

    I have never been there but WOW that place is so amazing and my jaw dropped upon seeing those stunning photos. I hope to see that place someday!

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    January 15, 2020

    It does look like a beautiful place to go visit. Your pictures are amazing, so many great shots of the waterfall.

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    January 15, 2020

    What a gorgeous view of the waterfall! Sounds and looks like a wonderful trip.

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    January 15, 2020

    Oh my days, your photos are breath taking! I’m so glad they stopped a massive plant being built there, what a great shame that would have been.

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    Charlotte - Mama Makes Do

    January 15, 2020

    Those cascades are beautiful! Somewhere I would love to visit (I just want to take a year and travel lol, maybe one day!)

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    January 15, 2020

    The waterfall is beautiful! Another place to add to my traveling list.

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    Michelle J Cantu

    January 15, 2020

    That is incredible. I would love to do a road trip out to see the waterfall.

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    Ashley R

    January 15, 2020

    This look s like a divine place to visit. I would love to take my family here.

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    Rosie - Eco-Gites of Lenault

    January 15, 2020

    They look absolutely amazing and dare I say far more interesting than Niagara Falls – just wow!!

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    Rebecca Smith

    January 15, 2020

    That sounds like a fascinating tour! What a beautiful waterfall – if we ever get to Iceland, I will definitely consider this tour.

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    katrina Kroeplin

    January 16, 2020

    wow, great pics. that looks like an amazing time. i know my kids would love to visit some day. will have to check into this more.

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    January 16, 2020

    I can feel that the waterfall is so huge and I have never seen such huge waterfall in my life. I guess you need a poncho 🙂

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    Laura - Dear Bear and Beany

    January 16, 2020

    wow what a beautiful place! I would love to visit Iceland one day, it looks amazing.

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    January 16, 2020

    Stunning photos! It sure does look cold out there. SO …on to the question nobody’ asking….you didn’t get the lamb stew to go? I’m not happy how this story ended. lol

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    Kacie Morgan

    January 16, 2020

    I’ve love to visit Iceland. Your photos are lovely and I bet the kids loved it too; I wish I had the opportunity to travel more when I was younger.

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    January 16, 2020

    Such a stunning waterfall, the photos look mesmerising and I can’t imagine how you must have felt seeing it in person. I would love to head to Iceland with my family to see this in person

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    Treasure Every Moment

    January 16, 2020

    Oh this takes me back to when we visited Iceland and did this tour a few years ago! Iceland is such a unique country to visit and truly magical 🙂

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    Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog

    January 16, 2020

    Woweee! What an adventure! We’d love to see the Gullfoss waterfall and it looks spectacular! I bet visiting is good for the soul.

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    January 16, 2020

    What stunning photos. Iceland looks like a beautiful place to visit and that waterfall – oh my goodness!

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    Rhian westbury

    January 16, 2020

    Lovely photos, this is definitely on my wish list for when we go to Iceland. There’s just so much natural beauty there x

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    L dove

    January 16, 2020

    Oh wow these photos are incredible! I think we are going at the end of August or October and I can’t wait!

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    January 17, 2020

    I am loving the views here. The pictures are so beautiful.

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    January 17, 2020

    Oh my gosh what spectacular views. I’m surprised that it’s faster in summer but I guess that does make sense with melting ice to feed it.
    C x

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    January 17, 2020

    Iceland is high up on my travel bucket list and even more so now after seeing that stunning waterfall!

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    Mudpie Fridays

    January 17, 2020

    WOW! I had no idea that there were waterfalls in Iceland. This looks amazing. I would love to visit Iceland one day and will keep this in mind for when we do. Thanks for the tip on checking how long the tour is for.

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    January 17, 2020

    We spent our honeymoon in Iceland and went on the Golden Circle Tour. Such an amazing experience!

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    January 18, 2020

    What an incredible view and I would love to visit this waterfall one day, it sounds likes a nice place to visit.

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    Melanie williams

    January 18, 2020

    I am loving all your pictures. Looks like a fab tour and a great way to see the sites

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    Laura Schwormstedt

    January 19, 2020

    Ooh just watched your video of this place and those waterfalls look incredible!! Breathtaking – what a fantastic experience

    Laura x

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    Janet Robertson-Peverley

    January 19, 2020

    Wow! That waterfall is simply stunning. What a wonderful adventure and something to really remember. I have heard so many good stories about holidays in Iceland.

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    January 21, 2020

    Wow! These photos are absolutely incredible. What a lovely place . Bet it was such an experience:)

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    March 2, 2020

    I look forward more awesome content from you.

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    April 7, 2020

    Great images, thanks for sharing. This is soooo on our to do list!

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