On our first trip to Iceland almost 4 years ago in November, we visited the standard sites of Iceland’s Golden Circle, including Gullfoss. If you’re not familiar, Gullfoss is basically the waterfall that every tourist sees in Iceland and it’s enormous and it’s close to Reykjavik. When we saw it 4 years ago it was frozen over in parts and covered in snow, which made it really beautiful. Back then there were just ropes hung to keep you from going over the snowy edge and a small visitor center with a small cafe and shop.
On our way back to Reykjavik on this last trip we stopped by Gullfoss again and we were blown away by the changes. A larger visitor center, viewing areas built up with decks and platforms. For me, this was an analogy of how much Iceland has changed in these past 4 years since we first stood there in the snow over Gullfoss. And as the tourism industry grows in Iceland, I find myself wondering how the country will change.
Another huge difference from our first time at Gullfoss to this most recent visit, seeing the falls in the bright daylight of September with no snow or ice, made the whole area a completely different place. We spent a couple hours here, just taking it all in and admiring the sheer power of the waterfalls here. Gullfoss is one of those places that is famous for a reason – and it’s well worth a visit for your trip to Iceland.