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Gullfoss Waterfall is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hrunamannahreppur, Southern, Iceland that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

Length 1.2 mi Elevation gain 104 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

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Waterfall

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Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. The wide Hvítá rushes southward, and about a kilometre above the falls it turns sharply to the right and flows down into a wide curved three-step "staircase" and then abruptly plunges in two stages (11 metres or 36 feet, and 21 metres or 69 feet) into a crevice 32 metres (105 ft) deep. The crevice, about 20 metres (66 ft) wide and 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) in length, extends perpendicular to the flow of the river. The average amount of water running down the waterfall is 140 cubic metres (4,900 cu ft) per second in the summer and 80 cubic metres (2,800 cu ft) per second in the winter. The highest flood measured was 2,000 cubic metres (71,000 cu ft) per second.

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Chris Nguyen
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Hiking

Easy and relaxing walk to a grand waterfall. It was absolutely amazing. Enjoy!

Kristen Hasbrouck
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Hiking

Easy and pretty views. Lots of wind and your camera(s) will get very wet. Bring your wet weather gear.

Alina Dor
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Hiking

Beautiful but easy to walk.

Ursula Berry
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Easy walk and crowded. Stunning view!

amanda dessart
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Hiking

Beautiful. Crowded, but there is also a Geyser nearby that’s awesome too. So two birds, one stone.

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Jen Murray
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Hiking

Highly recommend - absolutely breathtaking.

Jason Wetnight
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Hiking

Not much of a hike, but breathtaking views of the foss. All boardwalk or blacktop.

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Carolyn Condreay
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Hiking

Super touristy, beautiful and easy walk

Sara Forbes
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Hiking

Love it

Aimee F.
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Hiking

Very easy walking path, worth it to go up to the falls to feel their power.

Don Cross
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Hiking

We saved this for last. I thought this was the most dramatic waterfall in Iceland. Definitely don't miss it.

Tracy Bartels
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Hiking

Easy man made paths. It was super windy on the day we were there.

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Michael Dosenberger
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Hiking

Amazing waterfall! Definitely go.

Kristen H.
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Hiking

Very crowded! Otherwise, beautiful waterfall that is one of Iceland's main tourist attractions. Worth the visit.

Laura Chereau
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Hiking

Easy, beautiful, love it

Alex Bancroft
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Hiking

Breathing !!

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Mark Hodder
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Walking

If you like waterfalls - this isn’t to be missed.

Katie Loffredo
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Tourist overlook of a big waterfall and gorgeous canyon. Short walk, lots of crowds, long drive, but free.

Natalie Payne
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Beautiful falls and easy walk

DJ Goodman
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Walking

This is a must-see waterfall, especially while traveling in Iceland's famous Golden Circle. This is an easy short walk with spectacular rewards!

Vanessa Jennette
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One of my favorite waterfalls in Iceland! Powerful and tons of rainbows

Niklas Nxploring
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Nature trips

Very nice waterfall but it became quite touristic the last years

Nicki Renee
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Impressive waterfall, easy walk. And you can get right up to it. I imagine it would be beautiful in winter with all the ice.

Bethany A.
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Not so much a trail, per se, as an overlook. Path is heavily maintained and many tourists are around. Short and easy. The views are great, of course.

Dana Griffin
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Very crowded but so many beautiful views.

Barrette Keeffe
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Walking

The trail is nice and short, and the waterfall at the end is so great!

Chris V
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Beautiful and extreme wind conditions!

Sully 123
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Amazing waterfall. Pictures can’t do it justice.

nick arnold
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Hiking

The rating is for the waterfall...it is simply amazing.

Brian Andrews
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Hiking

The waterfall(s) are beautiful and awe inspiring. That being said, the Thingvallar / Geysir / Gulfoss triumvirate was underwhelming. Probably not worth a full day in the car. If we were to do the ring road again (and we were looking for natural beauty and hiking throughout the trip), we'd skip this day and spend more time along the south coast / glaciers.

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