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Gullfoss Waterfall Tours

Jan, 07 | |

Gullfoss Waterfall

When a list of top waterfalls in the world is being compiled, compilation can’t be complete without adding Gulfoss waterfall. Located in the southern part of Iceland on the canyon of the Hvítá River also known as the white rivers is Gulfoss, meaning golden waterfall. Two different waterfalls make up the Gulfoss waterfall with one directly on top of the other. The top one has a shorter height compared to the one below, 11m and 21m respectively making the total height of the waterfall 32m. The speed of the water varies with season, 80 cubic meters per second in the winter and 140 cubic meters per second in the summer.

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The clouds in the sky above the waterfall always display the wonderful colours of the rainbow anytime sunshine beacons. On getting there, large sound of enormous amount of water hitting the basement of the fall is heard before actually seeing the waterfall. By far, this is the biggest and most crucial waterfall to the whole of Iceland and also in Europe. Unarguably, it is listed among the earth’s natural wonders.

Initially, Gulfoss was destined to be a hydroelectric plant but for some bravery action made known to us in various tales of happenings, it was left to be a natural reserve. Some people believe that the former owner of the land that the waterfall is on had a daughter, named Sigríður Tómasdottir, who threatened to jump into the falls if her father decided to sell the land to some foreigners who wanted to mount a hydroelectric plant in the waterfall. Some people still don’t believe in the story but the monument of this brave lady was made erect there in the year 1978.

Another story told about Sigríður Tómasdottir is not so much different from the first. History has it that she owned a land locally and she fought that the falls was not turned into a hydroelectric plant because of her love for it. In the early part of the 20th century, the waterfall was sold to foreigners who had plans to use the waterfall to produce electricity but their plans didn’t pull through. Iceland later bought the waterfalls from those investors with same intentions as those investors but that was when Sigríður Tómasdottir showed her bravery and threatened to jump into the falls if they went through with their actions. Prior to the threat, she had already trekked on bare foot to the country’s capital of Reykjavik on a protest mission. No wonder she was credited for preserving the waterfall. Some superstitious people even believe that a monster lived close to the falls because of the drowning incident recorded at the river Hvítá.

These fascinating stories of bravery, the beautiful vegetation around, the scent inhaled from the environment and many other beautiful qualities make Gulfoss waterfall a beautiful tourist destination. No wonder the waterfall environment is always as busy as the main city. It is safe to say that Gulfoss waterfall is the most popular waterfall in Iceland. Gulfoss is among the three major parts of the Golden Circle program alongside Þingvellir National Park and also the two geysers (Geysir and Strokkur).

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