Travel To Iceland And See Gullfoss Waterfall In Winter – Estimated reading time: 7 minutes
When I first told people that I was heading to Iceland over Christmas, more than a few people laughed and told me I was crazy. They didn’t understand why I would willingly travel somewhere so cold and when daylight only only last a few hours.
I get their doubt as we all have different travelling styles. I knew exactly what I was getting into and it turned out to be the vacation of a lifetime. I did things like get rubbed down at the Blue Lagoon, tour the world’s most beautiful concert hall, and stay at the luxurious 101 Hotel in Reykjavik.
One of my very favourite things to do in Iceland was take the Golden Circle tour to see Gullfoss Waterfall in winter.
What’s It Like To See Gullfoss Waterfall in Winter?
I woke up early on Christmas morning to do the tour. Still a little jet lagged, I grabbed a coffee to wake myself up and jumped on board the bus waiting outside. I may have been tired, but I was stoked to do the Golden Circle tour, which included three highlights – Gullfoss Waterfalls, Thingvellir National Park, and the Geysir Geothermal Field.
Our first stop was Gullfoss. Gullfoss Waterfall is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions. At 35 metres in height, the river Hvítá cascades through two stages into the 32-metre-deep crevice below.
While many would not think of travelling to Iceland during this cold time of year when there’s only 4-5 hours of daylight, seeing Gullfoss Waterfall in winter is something quite spectacular to behold.
The Surrounding Landscape
Upon arrival at Gullfoss, stop for a moment to take in the surrounding snow-covered landscape. Iceland is like no other place on earth; it’s simply beautiful.
Those Fist Views Of Gullfoss
As you wander along the slippery paths and stairs, you finally get your first glimpse of Gullfoss Waterfall. It’s all you can do to not snap hundreds of photos.
Gullfoss Waterfall Up Close And Personal
Continuing along the walkways, you’ll reach another viewing area, where you can see Gullfoss Waterfall up close.
What you think about seeing Gullfoss Waterfall in winter? Would you go, despite the chilly temperatures?
Good to Know
1) The Golden Circle tour is an easy day trip from Reykjavik.
2) If you’re going to visit Gullfoss Waterfall during winter, bring all of your winter gear. It’s not only cold but very windy, and you’ll be in need of boots, a parka, hat, gloves, etc. The paths can be quite slippery, and it’s not a good idea to come on the tour with only Converse shoes or wedge-heeled boots. I saw people dressed like this, and while they may have thought they looked “good,” they actually looked silly when they could barely walk down to safely see the waterfall.
3) Winter is the perfect time to visit Iceland. While daylight is limited around Christmastime (about 4 hours a day), there’s enough time to do things like the Golden Circle tour.
4) Need to place to stay while in Iceland? Make a reservation through booking.com.
5) Make your time in Iceland all the more special and do even more tours.
6) One of the best ways to see Iceland is go at it on your own. So be sure to rent a car. If you need help planning a budget friendly road trip read, how to plan the ultimate budget road trip in Iceland.
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What a neat way to spend Christmas. Iceland has been on my bucket list for a while but I’m pretty sensitive to the cold so I’ve been putting it off, haha. Maybe I can go in one of the warmer months. Happy holidays! 🙂
Hey Carla –
Yes, it was really cool! Iceland is great, no matter what time of year. Hope you get to tick that item off your bucket list soon. 🙂
I don't know what am I waiting to see Iceland with my own eyes. Beautiful pictures 🙂
Thanks Alejandro! 🙂
Thanks for sharing this. I’ll do golden circle tour for sure. Just a quick question, what boots you wearing on icy paths like that? I have my suede timbies and waterproof uggs, but not sure about bringing them 🙁
I was wearing a pair of cougar boots – view their site here: https://www.cougarshoes.com/
Uggs are definitely not good for the winter weather in Iceland. You really need a proper pair of boots. 🙂
Hi there, is there an entrance/admission fee to see the Gulfoss Waterfall/ Pingvier National Park? Thank you so much.
Entrance to the Gullfoss National Park and Thingvellir National Park is free.