Gulfoss..

Following on from my last post, here’s another frozen waterfall.  This one is Gulfoss, one of the main attractions on the ‘Golden Circle’.  The golden circle takes in a number of Iceland’s iconic landmarks, the ones that are within a reasonable distance from Reykjavik that is, making them ideal destinations for tour bus day trips.

For this reason, if I’m going to visit one of these destinations, I usually do so very early.  Usually before breakfast has finished being served in the many hotels that are springing up in Reykjavik to serve the dramatic rise in Iceland’s tourist industry.

These pictures were taken at dawn on a bitterly cold -10°C day.  The wind was blowing hard giving rise to a significant wind chill but properly togged up, this wasn’t a problem.  As the sun began to rise, I began to shoot.

Frozen Gulfoss by Adrian Theze

24mm f/11 1/40 sec. ISO-100

SpacerGulfoss in Winter by Adrian Theze48mm f/11 1/6 sec. ISO-100

SpacerBy way of comparison, here’s a picture taken at Gulfoss on a misty day in November.  The lone figure standing on the rocks give a useful indication of the sheer scale of these wonderful falls..

Gulfoss One
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66 responses

  1. Sally

    Amazing Images! A brave photographer.

    February 6, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    • Thank you very much Sally! :-)

      February 6, 2016 at 10:35 pm

  2. Magnificent. Something worth sacrificing your sleep for!!
    The cold is really hard to cope with though, so we say; well done, Adrian! It’s amazing how this waterfall seems to disappear into nowhere. Are there many tourists there at the moment? So early, with this magic light and the wintery glowing colours, this is the place where I’d love to be to listen the things I can’t hear.
    Tak care, best regards, Dina x

    February 6, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    • Thank you Dina. More and more people are visiting Iceland in winter and for good reason. There are a lot more people about than when I visited last February. Standing watching the water and listening to the thundrous roar of the water, it’s a difficult place to leave, especially in the sunshine! :-)

      February 7, 2016 at 11:41 am

  3. lovely place

    February 6, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    • It is indeed! Thank you Simon.

      February 6, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      • was there 26 yrs ago

        February 6, 2016 at 10:50 pm

  4. It likes a blue dream

    February 6, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    • Thank you Lou! It is breathtakingly beautiful.

      February 6, 2016 at 10:50 pm

  5. These photos are breathtaking, compliments! :)

    February 6, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    • Thank you very much Davide!

      February 6, 2016 at 10:50 pm

  6. Amazing!!! Ho.Absolutely stunning views. Thanks!

    February 6, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    • Thank you Isabel! :-)

      February 6, 2016 at 10:50 pm

  7. Great photography as usual.

    February 6, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    • Thank you very much Gunta! :-)

      February 6, 2016 at 10:51 pm

  8. Really this must be in the top ten of amazing places on the planet! Amazing mother earth! Beautiful images!

    February 6, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    • Thank you Trees! Gulfoss is magnificent, the scale majestic! :-)

      February 7, 2016 at 11:38 am

  9. Amazing shots. The colors and clarity are striking.

    February 7, 2016 at 12:17 am

    • Thank you very much!

      February 7, 2016 at 11:38 am

  10. Very beautiful – you have a great eye!

    February 7, 2016 at 12:30 am

    • Thank you very much indeed!

      February 7, 2016 at 11:37 am

  11. Stunning blue colour.

    February 7, 2016 at 12:43 am

    • The colours in the ice, even in your footprints when walking in the snow, are just fantastic. This icy blue colour is so pure!

      February 7, 2016 at 11:37 am

  12. Mother Nature is amazing!!

    February 7, 2016 at 12:49 am

    • Thank you Laura, indeed she is!

      February 7, 2016 at 11:36 am

      • You’re welcome :)

        February 7, 2016 at 3:47 pm

  13. Thanks – Your figure in the misty photo really helped understand the scale of what you were showing in the first two. The photos are so crisp and cold – you’ve really captured the icy magnificence.

    February 7, 2016 at 4:16 am

    • Thank you very much Carol. It is useful in Iceland to try and find something to lend scale because everything is on such a large scale, it’s really difficult to appreciate otherwise.

      February 7, 2016 at 11:36 am

  14. Great photos of frozen waterfalls…

    February 7, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    • Thank you! :-)

      February 7, 2016 at 5:46 pm

  15. Wow. The ice really does give the sense that time has stopped. Really gorgeous photos!

    February 7, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    • Thank you William!

      February 7, 2016 at 5:46 pm

  16. Beautiful! Takes me back…..

    February 7, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    • Thank you! :-)

      February 7, 2016 at 5:47 pm

  17. Gorgeous images… I do love Iceland!

    February 7, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    • Me too Denise! Thank you! :-)

      February 7, 2016 at 5:47 pm

  18. Wow. These are great photos. Thanks for showing us these places.

    February 7, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    • It’s a pleasure Bumba! Thanks for the compliment and for your visit!

      February 7, 2016 at 5:48 pm

  19. As ever, inspirational stuff. :)

    February 7, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    • Thank you Rachael! :-)

      February 8, 2016 at 10:18 am

  20. I love this waterfall !! Seeing it half frozen is really magnificent ! I hope you will post more pictures of waterfalls, your pictures are just perfect !

    February 7, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    • Thank you Gin! That’s very kind! :-)

      February 8, 2016 at 10:19 am

  21. Absolutely Gorgeous!! Hope you’re having a wonderful time! Stay Warm!!

    February 7, 2016 at 10:36 pm

  22. It’s beautiful!! Hope you’re having a blast on your latest adventure!! Stay warm and keep us updated!!

    February 8, 2016 at 3:23 am

    • Thank you Navi! Doing my best to stay warm! :-)

      February 8, 2016 at 10:18 am

  23. Interesting as the frozen waterfalls are, and I’m sure they’re spectacular to see, I feel they don’t have the drama and sheer power/force of a falling fall …. but I guess that’s because they’ve been ‘overwhelmed’ by a greater force ….. :)

    February 8, 2016 at 10:59 am

    • I know what you mean Noeline! I do love seeing, hearing and feeling the power of these waterfalls in full flow! :-)

      February 8, 2016 at 5:49 pm

  24. Magnificent as always Adrian

    February 8, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    • Thank you very much Mark! :-)

      February 8, 2016 at 6:29 pm

  25. What type and model of camera do you use?? Lens??

    February 8, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    • I used a Nikon D800. My go to lens is a Nikkor 24-70mm. :-)

      February 12, 2016 at 5:10 pm

  26. Wow…incredible images Adrian. It certainly pays to be the early bird but -10….brrrr. I think this is what it means to suffer for your art :)

    February 9, 2016 at 2:53 am

    • Thank you Edith! It was a bit chilly but with the right clothing, there wasn’t too much suffering! :-)

      February 12, 2016 at 5:08 pm

  27. Your picture of the frozen waterfall is amazing! I like way the mist seems to flow over the falls instead of the water.

    February 9, 2016 at 5:12 am

    • Thank you very much! I’m glad you enjoyed the photographs! :-)

      February 12, 2016 at 5:08 pm

  28. Gulfoss is something special, and as always you get something very special out it with your own approach. Particularly the first photo is amazing.

    February 9, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    • Thank you Otto! Gulfoss is indeed something very special indeed! :-)

      February 12, 2016 at 5:07 pm

  29. liked the extreme power of nature in these pictures :)

    February 10, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    • Thank you Joshi! :-)

      February 12, 2016 at 5:07 pm

  30. -10! i cannot touch camera beyong -1 great shots!

    February 13, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    • Thank you very much!

      February 15, 2016 at 6:24 pm

  31. These falls look majestic in winter, Adrian

    February 14, 2016 at 9:53 am

    • The falls really are majestic Andy, thank you.

      February 15, 2016 at 6:21 pm

  32. OH WOW and more OH WOW…….Stunning images of a landscape that appears beautiful, violent with thunderous sounds that are conveyed through your work.

    February 14, 2016 at 11:26 am

    • Thank you JD, that’s quite a compliment!

      February 15, 2016 at 6:17 pm