Slightly downstream on the glacial river Hvita, a view of the mist and gorge pounded by Iceland's Gullfoss (Golden Falls). The falls are so powerful--perhaps the most powerful in Europe--that the entire area is saturated with mist, which flies up from the torrents to meet the sky. One fellow traveller exclaimed, "Oh! So this is where clouds are made!"
The water is slightly brownish because it is glacial meltoff. The falls were almost used in a hydroelectric project until the local famer's daughet, Sigridur Tomassdottir, walked to Reyjavik and protested, saying she would throw herself off the falls before she would see them roped off and tamed. The nation voted in her favor, and the falls were saved. (Note: I have also updated my earlier post, "Horses
" with two photos.)