Gullfoss are waterfalls located on the Golden Circle in Iceland. Gullfoss waterfalls offer the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Gullfoss waterfalls upper viewing platform
- Gullfoss waterfalls lower viewing platform (Summer only)
- Gullfoss visitor center and cafe
Gullfoss is a 90 minute drive from Reykjavik so it’s easy to visit whilst staying in the capital.
I recommend you visit Gullfoss waterfalls after you have visited the other waterfalls in Iceland because these are by far the most impressive. Gullfoss waterfalls are so impressive that they appeared in the Tom Cruise movie Oblivion.
Parking, toilets and viewing of Gullfoss are all free of charge. There is a car park at each viewing platform if you are too lazy or tired to walk from the upper to lower viewing platforms (it’s not far at all). In the visitor center cafe you’ll find delicious cakes if you are looking for a snack. You can organize tours in the visitor center too.
What I am photographing here is 140 cubic meters of water flowing through the crevice every second. The crevice is 2.5 kilometers in length and 20 meters wide. As you can probably imagine with all this movement going on you can hear the noise long before you can see the falls themselves. The viewing platform is quite long so you can photograph the falls from many angles and don’t have to worry about other tourists being in the way.
When is the best time to visit the falls? I have looked at pictures taken of Gullfoss during the summer and I prefer how they look during winter in the snow, surrounded by ice. The only negative about visiting in winter is that the lower viewing platform is partly closed due to ice. It can get pretty cold in the winter but you should have come to Iceland in winter prepared for cold weather anyway!
The route to Geysir from Gullfoss is about 10 minutes, you probably passed Geysir to get to Gullfoss. Whilst driving watch out for the iconic Icelandic buildings, these photograph well in both winter and summer months.