Gullfoss Waterfall

EASY 35 reviews

Gullfoss Waterfall is a 1.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tungufell, Suðurland, Iceland that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
1.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
32 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

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.

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

Very crowded but so many beautiful views.

walking
1 month ago

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

4 months ago

Beautiful and extreme wind conditions!

5 months ago

Amazing waterfall. Pictures can’t do it justice.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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.

walking
10 months ago

Mystic and breathtaking waterfall

10 months ago

Great view, well worth the trip, just very crowded.

hiking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Easy, beautiful hike, well with the views. Gets pretty busy with tourists as it is a very popular site, would recommend going during off-peak hours.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Amazing! A must see, very very windy when I was there. The lower trail to get close to the falls was closed when I was there but it did not in any way ruin the experience. I am a slender 230 pounds of solid love and jelly donuts but the wind was even making me hold onto the rails! Secure your head and eye wear at this place or you may lose it.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Amazing! A must see, very very windy when I was there. The lower trail to get close to the falls was closed when I was there but it did not in any way ruin the experience. I am a slender 230 pounds of solid love and jelly donuts but the wind was even making me hold onto the rails! Secure your head and eye wear at this place or you may lose it.

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