Gullfoss Waterfall – Golden Falls In Gullfoss Iceland

by David & Intan

Gullfoss Waterfall is part of the Golden Circle, one of the most popular tourist routes in the country of Iceland.

The Gullfoss falls, also known as the golden falls, are easy to visit from Reykjavik, and not to be missed.

This travel guide will explain how to get to Gullfoss Iceland, and everything else you need to know before you go!

Gullfoss Iceland: What To Expect

Gullfoss Falls is a big 2-step waterfall that has a bunch of different viewpoints above and next to the falls.

The name means ‘golden falls’ in the Icelandic language, and this huge waterfall is fed by the melting Lángjökull glacier.

Gullfoss Iceland is only a 1.5 hour drive from Reykjavik, so that’s partly why it’s one of the most famous falls in the country. From the parking area, it’s a short 10-15 minute walk down to the falls, so you don’t have to do any hiking.

It’s probably not my favorite waterfall in Iceland, partly because of the crowds, but the fact that it’s easier to get to this one does make it more appealing.

It’s definitely worth a visit if you have time!

Gullfoss In Winter

If you’re visiting in the winter, Gullfoss Iceland is still open and easy to visit. The roads are well kept.

There’s an upper and lower viewpoint that stays open in the winter, but the path to the lower viewpoint can be icy and slippery, so you might want crampons if you go down there.

The last viewpoint directly on top of Gullfoss Waterfall is closed during the winter, but you can still get some nice views from the earlier viewpoints.

Entrance Fees

FREE as of 2019.

No parking fee or entry fee is required.

Tourists standing near the edge of the Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland

Tourists walking on a path near Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland

Ravine at Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland

How To Get To The Gullfoss Falls

Gullfoss Waterfall is located 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Reykjavik, Iceland, and the drive takes about 2 hours.

You can drive here with a rental car, or there are prepackaged day tours that include the waterfall as part of their itinerary.


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