One of Iceland's most famous waterfalls is the Gullfoss waterfall. This waterfall can be found in the Golden Circle, the most famous and visited area in the whole of Iceland. That makes it the busiest. Well, don't think about the masses of tourists you'll encounter in Amsterdam or Haarlem, more of a village in Friesland.
The Gullfoss waterfall is located in a river: the Hvítá (white river). The water in the river comes from the glaciers, mixed with rainwater. You'll find the Gullfoss at road number 35, about ten kilometres from the famous Geysir, the geyser that spits meters high every few minutes.
I have had the pleasure of visiting the waterfall in summer and winter. Both times I was impressed by the thundering violence that plunged thousands of gallons of water per second. The beauty of visiting in summer is that the continuously splashing water, which forms a mist, often shows rainbows at the waterfall. You can also go for a nice walk and get closer to the waterfall. However: Stay behind the ropes! The area around the waterfall is fragile, and if you slip, they'll never find you back.
When you drive to the Gullfoss (this is excellent), so you pass the Geysir. This world-famous Geyser sprays meters high, and is a five-minute walk from the road. You walk along a landscaped, even path, and see multiple hot spots. For my taste this area is too much laid out, and it was very busy, I didn't take pictures of it, also because it was raining quite a bit when I was there.
Back to Gullfoss: On arrival you can park your car in a large, free, car park. At the time of writing, a toilet block is being built, where you have to pay to use it. My tip: walk inside the visitor center, with shop and restaurant. In the back you will find rows of free and well-groomed toilets. Of course I don't know how long these are still available.
Around the Gullfoss, the site is very easy to pass. You walk mainly over wooden decks, these are also accessible for the disabled. A staircase runs down from the visitor centre, but you can also drive around by car and park it downstairs. In winter, if there is snow, I recommend you to do your shoes, it may be slippery.
You can spend hours watching the raging violence of this waterfall, you can walk there, look out your eyes. You will definitely take many a picture!
We stayed in the nearby Gullfoss hotel in winter. A big hotel, where we enjoy it Northern Lights were able to photograph (if you click on the link a new window opens). During our summer trip we stayed in Reykholt, in The White house . A lovely bed and breakfast. If you're via this link book you get 15 euro discount at booking.com .
There is much to do in this area, next to the Gullfoss Waterfall and the Geysir. You'll have plenty of a regular rental car in summer. If you go in winter, I recommend renting a 4x4 car.
In winter (September-April), a lot of snow can fall in Iceland in a short time. The ring road 1 is always cleared, as soon as possible, and sometimes it is closed for a few hours. Gullfoss is generally well connected.
Tip: As soon as you arrive in Iceland: Skip the website safetravel.is favorite on your phone, and check it daily!
The website gives you the most up-to-date road information.
If you've been to Gullfoss, and you're in the mood for an adventure, I recommend you follow your way 35. Please note that this is only possible in summer, and you need a 4x4 car. You can then drive to the north of the island. You'll drive along a gravel road, right through a beautiful volcanic landscape. Very varied landscapes, with truly beautiful views. In a next blog I'll tell you more about this. As soon as the blog is available, I will post the link here.