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OVER THE GULLFOSS WATERFALL
The Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) is an icons waterfall that offers stunning views of the power and splendour of unspoilt Iceland. The Gullfoss is part of the Golden Circle route, which lies in southern Iceland on the Hvítá creek, which is supplied by the second largest ice sheet, the Langjökull. In two phases, the waters plunge 32 metres into a steep gorge with up to 70 metres high rockface.
The Gullfoss is more than just a beautiful waterfall, it has a history to tell. At the beginning of the twentieth century foreign investment wanted to use the strength of Gullfoss to generate energy. Howells, an Englishman, wanted to buy Gullfoss from Tómas Tómasson, a peasant who had Gullfoss at the age.
Tomas refused Howells´'s bid to buy the waterfall, but later rented it to him. Sigriður Tómasdóttir, the subsidiary of farmer´s, who was raised on his shepherd' s ranch father´s, tried to terminate the lease. It even risked plunging into the waterfall when the building began. They were unsuccessful in front of the courts, but before the waterfall was damaged, the lease was cancelled because the lease was not paid.
Sigriður's battles for the preservation of the waterfall have made people´s aware of the importance of the conservation of the environment and that is why it is often referred to as Iceland´s first environmental activist. The adopted Sigriður's boy bought the waterfall from Sigriður´s Vater in 1940 and later sells it to the Israeli state. The Gullfoss area was declared a protected area in 1979 to provide permanent protection for the waterfall and to give the general population the opportunity to experience this area.
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