Friday Postcards from Gullfoss in Iceland

 In Destinations, Europe

Behold! The magnificent beauty of Gullfoss– water pouring forth over rocks and icebergs as the earth rips itself apart over the tectonic plates in the Atlantic Ocean.

Ok, so maybe that is a bit dramatic, but Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most popular waterfalls, sure was spectacular to look at and explore.

Dek and I made the slippery hike down to the waterfall base. A simple hike on a normal day, but a bit treacherous when the steps that take you down the first slope are covered in snow and ice. Everyone, not just this mom with a little boy, took them at a slow and steady pace, with a few slips and spills in between. A much easier hike down to the water’s edge brought us as close to the waterfall as possible during the winter months. Dek was excited to go on this journey with me while his dad and brother stayed up top, but he thought the snow was more exciting than the waterfall itself. He had dreams of an epic snowball fight, while I just wanted to see the icicles created by the rushing waters.

Well, what are you going to do? You can’t really convince a 4 year old that one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls is better than making snowballs, but he sure remembers that mini trek we took together.

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  • Mary {The World Is A Book}

    Gullfoss no matter what season is still spectacular. This looks completely different from the summertime Gullfoss we saw. Glad you had a wonderful time in Iceland.

    • Keryn Means

      Mary next time I want to see it in summer. Your own photos have definitely inspired me to do that!

  • Lisa Trudell

    Those falls are beautiful. Your trek on the snow and ice reminds me when we were in Alaska and walked on the Matanuska Glacier. We wore spikes on our shoes. It was definitely memorable. You look like you have made some unforgettable memories there in Iceland.

    • Keryn Means

      Lisa I am dying to see a glacier. I mean I’ve technically seen them, but never the way you see in pictures all icy blue in the water and stuff. One of these days we will hop on a cruise ship up to Alaska and see for ourselves!

  • Eileen

    What a gorgeous winter wonderland..Looks very cold for hiking but well worth it to see the beauty.. Lovely image. Thanks for hosting! Enjoy your weekend!

    • Keryn Means

      Eileen it was surprisingly mild for how it looked. Spring was definitely on the way. I’m not saying we weren’t in coats, hats and gloves, but it definitely could have been a lot more brutal. I was sweating by the time we climbed back up the hill too!

  • Michele {Malaysian Meanders}

    That’s incredible. I can’t wait to see more of your photos from Iceland and whether or not you saw the Northern Lights. This looks like a great hike but very cold.

    • Keryn Means

      Michelle- sadly we did not see the Northern Lights. Apparently they did not come out to play during our entire stay! I guess this just means we will have to continue to chase them across the globe. Ha!

  • Adina | Gluten Free Travelette

    So beautiful! All your Instagrams from Iceland really make me want to visit in the winter – the snow makes it all look so lovely!

    • Keryn Means

      Thanks Adina! I still think it is so cool that I saw your story in the Iceland Air magazine when we were on our way there!

  • Kate @WildTalesof...

    Great photos, Keryn! I love seeing the differences between your winter visit vs. our summer visit–spectacular sight in all seasons! And I love that you and Dek have that fun and adventurous memory to share forever and ever!

    • Keryn Means

      Kate we should do a side by side comparision of the falls in summer vs. winter. Would be awesome!!! You have to take B there sometime soon.

  • Monique of Mo' Travels

    I agree with Mary, this is very different than the Gullfoss I saw (I was there on the longest day of the year), but beautiful nonetheless.

    • Keryn Means

      Monique I really want to go during the summer to see it in all its green glory! I hear the water can almost look golden down below as the sediment hits the pool.

  • Marisol@TravelingSolemates

    Wow, amazing to see Gullfoss frozen! Still looks very spectacular. We visited last December. There were snow around it but the water was still flowing freely. It really looks very dramatic in whatever state is in.

    • Keryn Means

      Marisol I can only imagine how different it can look throughout the seasons. It is one of those natural elements that must always be changing, but always incredible to behold.

  • Marcia

    Spectacular waterfalls. Dek is some adventurer, isn’t he? Hope he loved making snowballs.
    Will keep this in mind for your next Fridaypostcards.

    • Keryn Means

      No matter where we go Marcia, Dek can find something to do. He is amazing! Even in old churchs, as long as I give him a camera he is pretty content 🙂

  • Monica Suma

    Wow Keryn, these are spectacular. Many of my travel friends have been to Iceland recently and absolutely loved it. I can see why! What did you like most while there?

    • Keryn Means

      I loved the rugged terrain as we drove through part of the south coast. It has definitely made me want to visit in the summer and take a road trip around the island Monica. The Gullfoss waterfall was spectacular too! I wanted to stay all day, but it was a bit cold and our bus was moving onto the next thing.

  • Aggy

    Wow! It looks amazing! I’m pretty sure your little man will remember the hike 😉
    I’ve heard so much of Iceland’s beauty, one of these days I have to get myself there.

    • Keryn Means

      It is a gorgeous country Aggy. You should definitely make the trek over. If you are based in the states you can fly Iceland Air and do a free stopover for a few days. No excuses!

  • charu

    I love you’re doing this…and while I would not brave winter climates during February, I’d love to visit this when it’s all shiny and grassy in the summer. Does that ever happen? Kudos to Dek for taking that trek!

    • Keryn Means

      Charu- Yes, Iceland is lovely in the summer months. Maybe not tank top and bikinis weather, but definitely not frigid and snow covered.

  • Lucy @ On the Luce

    Lovely photo – I visited Gulfloss years ago and it was very misty and atmospheric, but the snow looks much more beautiful.

  • Pola (Jetting Around)

    This reminds me of my winter trip to… Niagara Falls. Lovely views, Karyn!

  • Cathy Sweeney

    I think it’s perfectly appropriate to be dramatic in this case. Even in photos, Gullfoss is breathtaking (another superlative that fits, I think).

  • Nancie

    Gorgeous shots! This is the third post I’ve read this week featuring Iceland. Looks like an amazing place to visit.
    Thanks for linking up to Travel Photo Thursday this week.

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