Gullfoss Waterfall

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 Gullfoss (The Golden waterfall) is Iceland's most famous waterfall, one the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland and one of the natural wonders of the world.Gullfoss is also by far Europe’s most powerful and largest waterfall.
On a sunlit day, the mist clouds surrounding the hammering falls are filled with dozens of
rainbows, providing an unparalleled spectacle of color and motion.

Because of the conflict with North American Falls and other waterfalls, Gullfoss remained natural and untouched by "human hands." The visitors have the opportunity to see the waterfall but up and even pass their hands through its water. Niagara is wrapped in an aura of swing and the locals have enough fascinating stories connected to it. One of the most interesting and circulated legends is of a treasure hidden into the caves behind a wall of water.
Gullfoss is a 2-tiered waterfall with a total height of 32m (105ft). Also known as the Golden Falls, the Gullfoss is part of the Hvítá river. Nearby attractions include the Haukadalur geysers and Þingvellir national park. Together, these 3 sites are called the Golden Circle. Because of the popularity of the falls there is hotel accommodation nearby, but most visitors opt to stay in Reykjavík and visit the falls on the Golden Circle day trip.

Directions: From Reykjavik, drive about 54km east along the Ring Road to the turnoff with route 35. Follow route 35 for over another 70km or so to the waterfall, passing by Geysir (another Golden Circle main attraction) along the way. There are actually two car parks for the falls (a lower one off route 334 and a much larger upper one next to a visitor centre off route 35). Although it's a little bit of a longer walk from the larger car park to get close to the falls, I personally don't think it matters much where you park unless you're elderly or disabled in which case the lower car park would be the desired option.

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