Posted by: travelrat | October 30, 2019


Gulfoss 2

Gulfoss: 24th June 2019.

Last year, we did the Golden Triangle in India; this year, we did Iceland’s Golden Circle. Starting from Reykjavik, this tour takes in what are claimed as Iceland’s most famous sights.

I’m familiar with the waterfall at Gulfoss, (Golden Falls) because its picture is on my favourite computer game. But, it’s no preparation for the actuality. If you cast an eye back through these chronicles, you’ll see my attitude is by no means ‘see one waterfall, you’ve seen them all’ You might think that, having seen the mighty Iguazu Falls, all other falls of water would pale into insignificance. Not a bit of it: every waterfall has its own character. Even a slight trickle has its own atmosphere … but this is no slight trickle.

Three steps send the raging waters of the river downhill, squeezed between black basalt cliffs.  A nearby interpretation board tells the story of Sigurdur Tomassdottir, whose dedication and efforts saved the falls from being lost to a hydro-electric scheme. She even threatened to throw herself into the falls if the scheme went ahead.

Although I don’t think she would have actually met with much opposition. Iceland, it would seem, doesn’t really need a hydro-electric scheme. Geothermal power stations, I am told, provide all the energy they need!




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