Gullfoss is translated as the Golden Falls and is one of the highlights on the Golden Circle Tour. Declared as the largest waterfall complex in Europe, Gullfoss is fed my the Hvítá river which runs from the central Iceland glaciers. The water plunges down a three stage cascade until it cuts through a mighty canyon. The Hvítá river then runs to the coast near Selfoss.


Just standing close to Gullfoss, it is easy to be in awe of nature’s forces. Gallons of glacier melt water cascading into a canyon. From the corner viewpoint, it is impossible to see the bottom of the canyon due to the immense spray.


Due to the relentless fight of one Icelandic woman, Gullfoss remains one of Iceland’s unspoilt attractions. Sigríður Tómasdóttir is rumoured to have stopped Gullfoss becoming a Hydro-electric station by threatening to throw herself into the falls. A stone stands at Gullfoss as a memorial to the woman who saved Gullfoss.

Gullfoss Peach Square


Photography Tips:

The best light in winter is around 1PM from the lower car park. In summer the best time is 6AM from the lower part of Gullfoss footpath. In good conditions double rainbow can be photographed.

It is rewarding to experiment with shutter speed here – try a range from 1/4 to 1/125. Both long and short focal lengths can achieve pleasing results.


Gullfoss photo tour

Gullfoss photography

The access on the falls is limited to a path which runs down the side. There are also higher view-points. There are pathways to gain access to better angles, but these have been closed for safety reasons. The falls are very dangerous and have claimed a few lives over the years. usually it is an adventurous photographer trying to get a better vantage point and slipping into the falls – never to be seen again.

Gullfoss Waterfall
Golden Waterfall

Experience this yourself with either Hveravellir Day Tour, Golden Circle Photo Tour or Long Tour.

Photo tours that visit Gullfoss

Two day Golden Snæfellsnes

This 2 day Iceland Photo Tour with erupting geysers, waterfalls & sea cliffs & then stay in a fishing village waiting for auroras on the Snæfellsnes peninsular

Four day Geysirs & Glaciers

This four day Photo Tour of the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, South coast, Jökulsárlón and Höfn offer a huge range of photo opportunities.

Five day Beautiful South

This photo tour combines the Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsular , South coast & Jökulsarlon photo tours to give a complete South Iceland experience.

6 day Diamonds & Dragons

This multi-day tour will take you around the best of South & West Iceland in six days. Touring from North West to South East with many top photo locations.

Seven day Full Circle

Iceland has a rich variety of landscapes and seascapes and this tour is designed to enhance that variety & capture Iceland’s full diversity.

Golden Circle

Geysir is the home of the original Geyser. Geysir doesn’t erupt often, but his little brother Strokkur should offer several eruptions on this photo tour.

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Snowmobile tours departing from Gullfoss

These tours start at the Gullfoss cafe.

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Golden Circle Bus Tours

These Golden Circle bus tours are a great way to explore Iceland’s national treasures on a budget. These sightseeing tours are run in bus or minibus. The bus tours are arranged with the most expensive at the top.

This Golden Circle sightseeing tour covers the some of the best sights in Iceland, including Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir. The trip circles from Reykjavík into central Iceland and back.

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  8 hours
 Very easy

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Erupting Geysir

Tour Highlights:

  • Thingvellir – the center of Icelandic history and the best place on earth to view the North Atlantic ridge.
  • Efstidalur farm – tasty farm products and friendly farm animals.
  • Geysir – Hot Spring Area with the erupting Strokkur which jets water 30 meters into the air every 4 – 10 minutes
  • Gullfoss (Golden Falls) – a waterfall with spectacular views of the forces and beauty of nature
  • Kerid – a striking crater-lake, believed to be a collapsed magma chamber around 6,000 years ago
  • We are always prepared for an extra stop to see Icelandic horses at the roadside. Free WiFi in the vehicle
In June and July, you are able to enjoy the midnight sun. The sun doesn’t set completely, so famous landmarks look great in the golden light. Our experienced guide will take you on an amazing journey to Iceland’s most popular sightseeing route – the Golden Circle. This sightseeing tour will explore Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss and the Secret Lagoon.

The departure for this Midnight Sun Golden Circle tour is 6:00 – 6:30 pm

  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Difficulty : Very easy

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    Blue pool at Geysir

    Our main Sightseeing locations

    • Site of the world’s first parliament – Althingi at Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park. Continental plates can be seen here, slowly separating Europe and America.
    • Geysir geothermal area. Geysers erupt here. Strokkur erupts every 5-10 minutes – have your cameras loaded!
    • The golden waterfall Gullfoss will leave you dazzled by the views. It is very beautiful to photograph and important in Icelandic culture.
    • On our Midnight Sun Golden Circle tour visits one of Iceland’s oldest swimming pools – Secret Lagoon (Gamla Laugin). Please bring your swimsuit and towel (can be rented).
    On your vacation – why not experience the Golden Circle tour the relaxed way. Pick up is mid-morning, between 10:00 – 10:30 AM. We take you to see all the incredible natural beauty spots on the Golden Circle tour after the morning crowds have been and gone. To finish, we will visit a natural hot spring where you can relax in the 38-40°C pool, before we drive back to Reykjavik.

    • Duration: 9 hours
    • Difficulty : Very easy

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    Thingvellir National Park

    • Main Sights: – Þingvellir National Park – Gullfoss waterfall – Geysir hot spring – Haukadalur geothermal area – Secret Lagoon hot spring nature bath Available daily!
    • Our Golden Circle sightseeing tour visits 3 major locations; Thingvellir, site of the World’s first Parliament that met each year outdoors, beginning in 930 AD continuing until 1798.
    • We visit Europe’s largest waterfall, the beautiful Gullfoss and the geothermal fields at Geysir with a chance to get close to the erupting geyser, Strokkur. The last stop is the Secret Lagoon a geothermal nature bath.
    • An excellent sightseeing tour combining two of the best things Iceland has to offer, amazing locations and a warm geothermal bath (full facilities).
    Our Premium Golden Circle tour starts with a stop at Þingvellir national park. This is a deeply historical location and home to the oldest parliament dating back to 930 AD. Thingvellir National Park is set in a dramatic lava landscape which includes the continental rift separating Europe and North America.

  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Difficulty : Very easy
  • After our Golden Circle sightseeing adventure with its natural wonders, great food, historical and cultural experiences, you can relax and enjoy the drive back to Reykjavík under our panoramic roof.


    Premium Golden Circle sightseeing tour

    Premium Golden Circle

    • First stop Thingvellir National Park. During your visit at Þingvellir you may come across Drekkingarhylur, the Drowning Pool and the hanging rock, both sites of execution.
    • Next is Gullfoss waterfall, where you can take as many photos as possible along the designated paths.
    • We visit Geysir – a geothermal wonderland where we see Strokkur erupt every few minutes. Don’t put your camera down, you could miss it.
    • Faxi waterfall is a hidden treasure in the Icelandic wilderness.
    • Icelandic Horse – get up close to the beautiful Icelandic Horse and take a selfie with them.
    • The final location is the old fishing village of Eyrarbakki.
    • After a fun filled day of the Golden Circle, natural wonders, exquisite food, historical trivia and cultural experiences, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride back to Reykjavík under our panoramic roof.
    The Grand Golden Circle is a sightseeing tour in the Southwest of Iceland. If you are only doing one tour in Iceland, this is the one.

    Highlights visited:

    • Geysir geothermal area
    • Gullfoss waterfall
    • Þingvellir National Park
    • Kerið volcanic crater (entrance fee included)
    • Faxi waterfall

    After the tour, we drop you off at your accommodation in Reykjavik.


    Kerid volcanic crater lake

    Kerid volcanic crater lake

    • At Geysir we get the chance to observe the Geyser Strokkur erupting in this geothermal area with many hot springs.
    • The immense waterfall at Gullfoss, is only 10 minutes from Geysir. The powerful river cascades in two steps into a deep canyon.
    • Þingvellir National Park is a wonderful geological site, located on the ridges of the North American and Eurasian continental plates. It’s also a historical place. It’s the home of the first parliament since 930. Þingvellir has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2004.
    • Our sightseeing tour includes the volcanic crater lake at Kerið, and the Faxi Waterfall.
    This Golden Circle Afternoon tour takes you to the most popular sights in an afternoon. You can experience the 3 main highlights on our sightseeing tour.

    Sightseeing Highlights:

    • Þingvellir National Park
    • Gullfoss waterfall
    • Erupting Geysir geothermal area

    Tour starts at 11.00

  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Difficulty : Easy

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    Gullfoss Waterfall

    This Golden Circle sightseeing bus tour is a day trip to see the famous Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss, the Golden Icelandic waterfall. We also visit Thingvellir National Park.

    The Geysir geothermal area has many hot springs, including the frequently erupting Strokkur – the most active geyser in Iceland. At Gullfoss you can stand next to the powerful waterfall tumble into a deep gorge.

    Thingvellir National Park, an area of historical and geological significance. In an afternoon you encounter a selection of Iceland’s natural wonders.

    Tour duration: 12:30 – 18:00


    Strokkur eruption at Geysir

    Strokkur eruption at Geysir

    Sightseeing combo tours that visit Gullfoss

    These tours include Gullfoss on their route.

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