Waterfalls in Iceland
Travelling to Iceland you should know that tap water is safe to drink in Iceland and it is one of the countries with cleanest water in the world. This wonderful asset of Iceland produces a multitude of fun and exciting things to do in Iceland. Water in Iceland is harnessed in many environmentally friendly ways, Iceland's hydroelectric power plants power almost all the country, geothermal water heats the houses and swimming pools and tap water is safe and clean.
Iceland is unusually suited for waterfalls because of its location an climate. The magnificent nature of Iceland is adorned in the flowing ribbons that are the Icelandic waterfalls. The North Atlantic climate produces frequent rain and snow and a near-Arctic location that produces large glaciers, whose summer melts feed many rivers. As a result, Iceland is home to a number of large and powerful waterfalls not to mention beautiful ones.
If you are visiting Iceland or are on an Icelandic holiday then you will probably be asked, both by the locals and other tourists in Iceland, about the famous Icelandic waterfall called Gullfoss. It is one of the more popular tourist destinations in Iceland.
Gullfoss (English: Golden Falls) is a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvítá river in south west 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 m and 21 m) into a crevice 32 m (105 ft) deep. The crevice, about 20 m (60 ft) wide, and 2.5 km in length, extends perpendicular to the flow of the river. As one first approaches the falls, the crevice is obscured from view, so that it appears that a mighty river simply vanishes into the earth. The Gullfoss waterfall is one of two magical Icelandic natural phenomena seen on the Golden circle tour offered by various tour companies in Iceland.
Here you will find a list of Icelandic waterfalls and some information and statistics on them including the Gullfoss waterfall.
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