Gullfoss

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Internationalization
Dansk: Gullfoss er et vandfald i Island. Floden Hvítá løber gennem vandfaldet.
Deutsch: Der Gullfoss ['kʏtl̥ˌfɔsː] (isl. gull = Gold, foss = Wasserfall) ist ein Wasserfall des Flusses Hvítá (Árnessýsla) im Süden von Island. Er ist einer der bekanntesten Wasserfälle Islands und gehört zum touristischen "Goldenen Zirkel" von Sehenswürdigkeiten im Süden bzw. Südwesten Islands.
English: Gullfoss is an important waterfall of the river Hvítá in the south of Iceland and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.
Español: Gullfoss (i. e. Cascada Dorada) es una catarata situada en el cañón del río Hvitá en el sureste de Islandia. Forma parte de la ruta turística del Círculo Dorado.
Français : Gullfoss (la « chute d'or ») est une succession de deux chutes d’eau d’Islande situées sur la rivière Hvítá. Son nom provient de l'arc-en-ciel que l'on peut souvent voir au-dessus. D’une hauteur de 32 mètres1 et d'une largeur de 70 mètres, elle se trouve à quelques kilomètres du site de Geysir et forme avec celui-ci et Þingvellir le « cercle d'or », une attraction touristique très populaire.
Íslenska: Gullfoss er foss í Hvítá upp af Haukadal í Árnessýslu á Íslandi, hann er einn vinsælasti ferðamannastaður landsins.

Pronunciation of the name of Gullfoss[edit]

Location of Gullfoss[edit]

The waterfall is situated at the southern end of Kjölur highland road, and not far from one of the biggest ice caps of Iceland, Langjökull.

Panoramics of Gullfoss[edit]

The waterfall has two steps, about 10 m and about 20m high each, over which the waters tumble down into the over 70 m deep canyon of Hvítárgljúfur.

Upstream impressions of the river Hvítá[edit]

The upper part of Gullfoss[edit]

An erosional step of 11 m.

Impressions of both parts of the waterfall[edit]

The two steps form an angle of about 90°. Faults and contrasting lithologies determine the form of the falls. There is a sequence of two different lava formations alternating with sediments around and under Gullfoss and Hvítárgljúfur.

The lower part of Gullfoss[edit]

A 21 m step.

Hvítárgljúfur, the canyon[edit]

It has a length of 2,5 km and a depth of about 70 m. At the same time, the canyon is in line with a tectonic fault beneath the valley.

Gullfoss in the winter time[edit]

Highland of Iceland, seen from Gullfoss[edit]

Most part of the waters of Hvítá is glacial meltwater from Langjökull and Hofsjökull. The highland and the glaciers can be seen from the waterfall.