Who knows anything about Iceland?

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Who knows anything about Iceland?

Post by banzer » Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:20 am

Gullfoss. Big, two, tiered monster of a waterfall that I don't think has been paddled. (If it has, why haven't we heard about it?)

Can someone that has been tell me why not, I'm sure there's a good reason. It looks to me, from various photos, that you could run the top drop on the 45 degree chute in the centre, then perhaps make the island above the lower vertical drop, or just head left left and aim to take the lower vertical drop (50 foot??) fairly near the left bank and hope for the best. The key as far as I see it is the depth of the landing here. Can anyone enlighten me? It's hard to know what's down in the canyon, has anyone been in at low water for a look?

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Post by morsey » Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:29 pm

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Post by banzer » Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:59 pm

OK that took me a while, but I get it now, thanks Morsey :) Anyone else?

Looking through the photos online again the second drop looks pretty big, 60 foot into presumably fast moving right-to-left water of unknown depth......
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Re: Who knows anything about Iceland?

Post by DaveBland » Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:08 pm

Is that the thing Shaun Baker did ages ago. Isn't the top bit total mani onto rocks? I'll need to do some e-scouting and check a line. It's always 2 grades easier on-screen.
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Re: Who knows anything about Iceland?

Post by TechnoEngineer » Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:05 am

Have a look at the photos and videos here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5lhqaqq1oxl3 ... Hikoa?dl=0

There is a path that runs closer to the falls, but it's not open in winter.

Don't confuse Gullfoss with Godafoss - they are completely different waterfalls.
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Post by frazerp » Thu Apr 07, 2016 12:19 pm

I've been there (with a boat and run the Hvita, upstream if I recall correctly). We didn't look at the falls with a view to running them so I can't comment on the line. They looked pretty heinious but we had a fair bit of water. Some photos here: http://www.thepoly.co.uk/kayak/iceland/hvita.html

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Re: Who knows anything about Iceland?

Post by Simongelder » Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:15 pm

When I saw Gulfoss the water seemed pretty high - at the end of June. General opinion was that it looks horrendous, particularly the bottom fall into the spray filled gorge. Makes Niagara look tame.
Loads of other great paddling opportunities and challenges in Iceland both whitewater and sea.

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