Date: Sept 2015
The landscape of Iceland is unlike any other place in the world. It is often referred to as the land of fire and ice. It has been formed by the power of nature. Volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls have shaped it into what it is today. We visited one waterfall that is unlike any other in the world.
Gullfoss translates to mean the Golden Waterfall. We are uncertain how it came to be named, but it is part of what tourists call the Golden Circle. The Golden Circle of Iceland includes the geysirs of Haukadalur, Thingvellir National Park and the Gullfoss waterfall.
The Olfusa river flows down to Gullfoss. The water first flows over an 11 metre drop.
The water then takes a turn and goes for another 21 metre drop into a canyon.
Tourists can go right up to the edge of the falls and watch the water plummet into the earth.
The walls of the canyon where the Gullfoss water flows stand even taller than the falls themselves..
Iceland in the winter is a dark cold place. Days may often only have about 4 hours of daylight. The band Echo & The Bunnymen chose to film the video for their song "The Cutter" at Gullfoss in the winter. The cover of their album Porcupine features the band in front of the falls.
The Gullfoss waterfall left us amazed as to its beauty and shape and the mystery of where all that water goes. Icleand never disappoints. As we looked around from the road near Gullfoss we could see the Langjokul Glacier in the distance. More adventure awaits.
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