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Gullfoss: in the heart of Golden Circle
Gullfoss Waterfall (also known as the Golden Waterfalls) is part of the Golden Circle which gathers three popular touristic places in Iceland (Geysir, Gullfoss & Thingvellir). 120 km to the north of Reykyavik, follow road 35 for 30 minutes from Geysir to get to Gullfoss.
The singularity of Gullfoss Waterfalls is that it is in fact made of two waterfalls. One is 11 meters high, the other one is 21 meters high and its source stands 40 km to the north, at Hvitavatn Lake. This waterfall is greatly powerful and produces water sprays often responsible of the formation of rainbows as the sun shines. This phenomenon is frequently happening due to Iceland’s ever-changing climate.
At the beginning of 20th century, some contractors wanted to use the energy produced by the waterfall to build a hydroelectric dam, which would have destructed Gullfoss as a consequence. In sign of opposition, Sigridir Tomassdotir, the daughter of Gullfoss’ owner, threatened to throw herself in the waterfall to protest. She got the heavy support of many Icelanders and the project was abandoned. So we can credit her for still having the occasion to go to Gullfoss nowadays and still getting amazed by its beauty.