It was a highlight moment of my recent trip to Iceland to contemplate the real power and beauty of the great Gullfoss waterfall, located in southwestern Iceland. The order of magnitude of this waterfall, also called Golden Falls, is truly amazing. I’ve read that on sunny days the water spray creates shimmering rainbows over the gorge and the waterfall look magical, with a golden color. Gullfoss is a 105-foot double-cascade, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, where you can watch its enormous quantities of water tumble violently into a deep, meandering gorge.
I wasn’t at Gullfoss during the day but at sunset which is around midnight in June. Fortunately, I was lucky because the sun caught on fire in the sky with nice colors reflecting on the clouds making the scene quite spectacular. I guess I can say that I was at the right place at the right time. I was simply stunned by the beauty, size, and sheer power of Gullfoss. Needless to say, it was a time where I took long minutes to setup my camera, tripod, panoramic head and all my photo gear to attempt to capture the scene as best as I could. The weather had not always been this inviting during the beginning of the trip, but this night nature was on our side because colors exploded in our faces in a giant incredible spectacle of nature.
Gullfoss is actually made of two separate waterfalls, the upper one has a drop of 11 meters and the lower one 21 meters. Water flows over Gullfoss at an astounding average rate of over 100 cubic meters per second!
Here is a panorama of the sunset over Gullfoss. Click on the image to see an interactive virtual tour of the panorama. (Photography: Jean-Pierre Lavoie)