Gullfoss literally translates to “Golden Waterfall”. Fittingly, it is one of the most popular waterfalls for those driving South Iceland’s Golden Circle route. Although there is speculation, the name seems to have been inspired by the golden color of the water on a sunny day.

Try to you arrive at Gullfoss waterfall bright and early, or in the Winter months when the sun hugs the horizon during daylight hours. If you do, you will also notice the golden glow of the water particles as the sun hits.

How to Get to Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss waterfall is a very popular stop on many Golden Circle day-trip itineraries. It’s also one of the closest major falls to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. There are a couple of options to get here, I’ve detailed the two best ways below.

Renting a car – DIY travel option

By far the best way to see Iceland is by renting a car and driving yourself. This still goes for those looking for a great day trip from Reykjavik.

car parked near gullfoss waterfall in iceland

Gullfoss waterfall will take approximately two hours to reach from Reykjavik. However, it’s probably a better idea to take your time and stop at some of the famous spots on the Golden Circle. You’ll drive through Thingvellir, which is one of the best National Parks in Iceland. You could also stop at the Geysir and finish the day off with a swim at the Secret Lagoon.

For those interested in driving Iceland’s famous “Ring Road” make sure you check out my write up on how to do this on a backpacker’s budget.

Jump on a Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

You could also be shown the highlights of Southern Iceland from a local. There are a magnitude of tour companies operating in Reykjavik that do day trips to Gullfoss Waterfall and other stops along the Golden Circle.

One of the most respected tour companies is Icelandic Travel. Their Golden Circle Tour stops at the must-see spots in the area. The buses are comfortable and the entire day trip takes roughly 9.5 hours and will only set you back roughly $90.

road near gullfoss waterfall in iceland

Photos of Gullfoss Waterfall to Inspire Your Travel

Iceland’s waterfalls are some of the best in the world. Finding a gem like Gullfoss waterfall so close to a major city is one reason Iceland is such an epic travel destination.

view overlooking gullfoss waterfall in iceland
river flowing near gullfoss waterfall in iceland
gullfoss waterfall in iceland

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