Top choice in The Golden Circle

Iceland’s most famous waterfall, Gullfoss is a spectacular double cascade dropping a dramatic 32m. As it descends, it kicks up magnificent walls of spray before thundering down a rocky ravine. On sunny days the mist creates shimmering rainbows, while in winter the falls glitter with ice. Although it's a popular sight, the remote location still makes you feel the ineffable forces of nature that have worked this landscape for millennia.

Above the falls there's a tourist information centre, shop and cafe, plus bathrooms (the ones inside are free to use).

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1. Strokkur

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2. Geysir

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4. Stöng

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5. Hjálparfoss

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6. Gjáin

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7. Þjóðveldisbærinn

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8. Skálholt Church

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