A rainbow forms over Gulfoss waterfull on a sunny day
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What is Gullfoss?

The 'golden falls', aka Gullfoss, is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland thanks to its sheer power and unique tiered shape that almost makes it look like a slice of pie from above (trust us!)

Gullfoss is about an hour and a half away from Reykjavik and one of the main stops on the Golden Circle route that's so popular among visitors to Iceland.

How does Gullfoss work?

Water from the Hvita river, which is fed by a glacier, cascades down into a steep canyon at up to 2,000 metres a second. It plunges in two stages, creating the waterfall's distinct staircase-like shape.

When the sun is shining, the rushing water produces a rainbow that hovers over the waterfall.

And if you visit on a snowy day, the white-capped peaks surrounding Gullfoss make for an equally breathtaking sight.

Opening Times

Throughout the Year

  • Open Daily: 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Price Information

Entry to Gullfoss

  • General Free

Gullfoss Falls


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