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Gullfoss Waterfall lies at the heart of the Golden Circle and is nothing short of a marvelous miracle in itself. The waterfall is a must-visit location for anyone who is cruising from Reykjavik and has the power to captivate you with its ethereal beauty. It is among the iconic two-step waterfalls in the world that stands 105 feet tall. It is famous partly because of its magnificence and partly because of the stories that are associated with it. The Gullfoss Waterfall was on the verge of being exploited for a hydroelectric project, but the locals managed to save it. Now, it is a heritage site and among the top natural reserve areas in Iceland.
When you travel from Reykjavik, the Gullfoss Waterfall is just 100 kilometers away. There are two views of the waterfall, an upper and lower view with a small parking space. The best season to visit the waterfall is in summer, but the winter season has its own charm. Surely, it gets difficult to observe it closely, but the semi-frozen waterfall filled with broken ice is a sight to behold. A scene near Gullfoss Waterfall was filmed in an episode of Game of Thrones that never made the final cut. Gullfoss Waterfall has good lodging and food joints located around it. Be it food, camping, hostels, or luxurious lodging – the area has it all.
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall presents a great opportunity for capturing photos as you can get close to it. This waterfall is almost double the height of the Gullfoss Waterfall and is an enchanting waterfall that must not be missed by any means on your trip to Iceland. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall has been featured in many music videos and TV shows and is among the top picturesque spots in Iceland.
There is a path behind the waterfall that allows the visitors to experience its beauty up close. This waterfall is open throughout the year, but the winter season makes it difficult to explore the path behind the waterfall due to the slippery surface. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall looks majestic in winters as the water is illuminated by lights that create a beautiful backdrop. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall offers the best hiking trails in all of Europe and has limited but spacious camping sites, accommodation, and food establishments.
Skógafoss Waterfall takes the crown for being one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland that has a gigantic 200-foot drop. It has its fair share of folklore. The most popular one is of a treasure chest hidden behind the waterfall. There is a staircase that leads to a platform on the top of the waterfall that offers an expansive view of the area. The area near the waterfall is nearly flat and is suitable to stand and find your perfect photo spot.
The drop is a foamy stream of water gushing down the waterfall. Skógafoss Waterfall can be visited throughout the year, and different seasons offer different views of the waterfall. If you can bear the cold of Iceland, the winter season is perfect for visiting this waterfall. Also, it is less crowded during the winter season, so you can enjoy the tranquility of the waterfall without worrying about the commotion. Top recreation activities in the area include a 400-stair climb and glacier hiking. Seljavallalaug Pool is a must-visit if you want to vent out the stress and soothe the aching muscles.
Dettifoss Waterfall is among the most powerful waterfalls in Iceland. Also, it is slightly far away from Reykjavik, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid it on your trip to Iceland. Dettifoss Waterfall makes a loud roaring sound that can be heard from far away. It is situated slightly far from Reykjavik but and is very close to the capital of North. Dettifoss Waterfall should be visited along with a tour guide that knows the region and can help you access the currently open part of the waterfall. You will not find many lodging facilities near Dettifoss, but there are a few guesthouses and campsites nearby.
Glymur Waterfall is the second-highest waterfall in Iceland that offers one of the best hiking opportunities in Iceland. The hike culminates in a grand waterfall location at Glymur Waterfall. It drops into a mossy green canyon and getting close is a risky endeavor. The hikers have to cross a river before reaching the waterfall, and waterproof boots are a must-have if you want to reach Glymur Waterfall. Camping and lodging are not possible near this waterfall, so you need to pack food and gear for the journey.
Svartifoss Waterfall is the tallest waterfall in Iceland, but the backdrop compels you to gaze at it for quite some time. A small hike leads to the Svartifoss Waterfall, which is also known as the black waterfall of Iceland. The cliff has hexagonal-shaped rock structures that look like an abstract design created by nature. It is close to the Skatefall National Park and offers amazing hiking, glacier touring, and camping opportunities. A tour guide is a must as there are a lot of confusing trails that connect to Skatefall National Park and other areas.