We are burning in our oven in Dubai, and temperatures climbing higher and higher. Well, I don’t suffer that much, but I almost never go out, living in my air-conditioned reality. But when one has to go out, all you are left to dream of is falling down the waterfall, a really icy one, like Gullfoss for example.
We arrived at Gullfoss after visiting Geysir, and that grey day was getting just greyer and greyer, which meant that we could forget about any kind of spectacular sunset.
That place has numerous shooting locations, each of them showcasing the waterfall in a different way. This is what you see more or less on arrival at the waterfall, two cascades of waterfalls just disappearing into the snowy abyss.
I looked at pics of this place in no-snow season, and it seems so different from what you see here. The water splash creates a massive ice cap on the opposite side, and it is really hard to judge where there is land and where there is no more. There are obvious signs that warn tourists against going there, but as usual, you will see a bunch that hangs out dangerously close to the edge for the new Instagram photo. How much will your followers like the photo of you falling down the waterfall?
I turned this photo into black and white because there are not many colours happening as it was literally 50 shades of grey.
This is the path that goes down from the parking area to the other side of the waterfall, which was also closed at that time when I was there. Did it stop anyone from going? Well, Ken tried to stop us, particularly me, because he had no confidence in my crampons (I didn’t have much confidence in them too, since I just bought them and experienced profound skating around all throughout the beginning of the trip). In the end, I had to promise him that I will go back if they didn’t work, but they worked like magic.
This is how everything looks from the other side. It is enormously impressive. When you stand on the edge of it, you just have no words, and forget to breathe as well.
The next day we started our day in the same place and thought the sunrise was not spectacular, there were some colours to enjoy. And this place looks great even if there are no colours… can only imagine how beautiful it is on a sunny day.
I left Ken Kaminesky in my shot just to have some sense of scale.
There is also a beautiful viewpoint on the other side of this vista, where there is a third layer of the waterfall. Very cool sharp edges of rocks create an excellent border. As for the dark violet colour, I added it in photoshop.
Honestly, it was hard to leave… I loved it there.
If you want to read my other Icelandic stories, you can choose one of the stories below:
What do Auroras Make You Think of?
The Importance of Choosing the Right Travel Buddy
What is Down there in the Ice Cave?
If The Sunset is Failing, Turn Around.
Making Friends with Dogs in West Iceland.
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