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Gullfoss - Iceland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 64° 19.531 W 020° 07.464
27W E 542327 N 7133579
Quick Description: Iceland's most famous waterfalls rival the majesty of Niagara Falls.
Location: Iceland
Date Posted: 12/8/2014 10:44:14 AM
Waymark Code: WMN1PW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cldisme
Views: 3

Long Description:
This novel is a fictional and inventive account of the legend of Sigríður Tómasdóttir who fought to keep the British from building a dam and power plant over these beautiful falls.

Good Reads (visit link) tells us this about the book:

"The Gullfoss Legends
by Billy Bob Buttons ...

Over a century ago, a twelve year old girl walked 120 kms to Reykjavik to persuade the King to help her. Her journey lasted two weeks; two weeks of wild snow storms, skin-blistering winds and deadly clouds of volcanic ash. This is her story.
The British plan to put a dam on Gullfoss, a magnificent waterfall in Iceland, but Sigríður plans to stop them. Setting off to see the King, she must face scalding pools of hot mud, a scary wolf-man and the most evil of assassins, the ruthless Scarecrow, who must stop her at all costs.
Based on the Gullfoss Legends, this is a story for anybody who has battled but refused to give up.

Billy Bob Buttons was a finalist in the Rubery Book Awards and a runner-up in this year's prestigious UK People's Book Prize.
Hardcover, First, 184 pages
Published 2010 by Wishing Shelf Press
edition languageEnglish"

and Wikipedia (visit link) informs us about the Falls and the real story:

"Gullfoss ("Golden Falls") is a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvítá river in southwest Iceland.

Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. The wide Hvítá rushes southward. About a kilometre above the falls it turns sharply to the right and flows down into a wide curved three-step "staircase" and then abruptly plunges in two stages (11 m and 21 m) into a crevice 32 m (105 ft) deep. The crevice, about 20 m (60 ft) wide, and 2.5 km in length, extends perpendicular to the flow of the river. The average amount of water running over this waterfall is 140 m³/s in the summertime and 80 m³/s in the wintertime. The highest flood measured was 2000 m³/s.

As one first approaches the falls, the crevice is obscured from view, so that it appears that a mighty river simply vanishes into the earth.

During the first half of the 20th century and some years into the late 20th century, there was much speculation about using Gullfoss to generate electricity. During this period, the waterfall was rented indirectly by its owners, Tómas Tómasson and Halldór Halldórsson, to foreign investors. However, the investors' attempts were unsuccessful, partly due to lack of money. The waterfall was later sold to the state of Iceland. Even after it was sold, there were plans to utilize Hvítá, which would have changed the waterfall forever. This was not done, and now the waterfall is protected.

Sigríður Tómasdóttir, the daughter of Tómas Tómasson was determined to preserve the waterfall's condition and even threatened to throw herself into the waterfall. Although it is widely believed, the very popular story that Sigríður did save the waterfall from use is not true. A stone memorial to Sigriður, located above the falls, depicts her profile.

Together with Þingvellir and the geysers of Haukadalur, Gullfoss forms the Golden Circle, a popular day tour for tourists in Iceland.

Gullfoss appears on the cover of the album Porcupine by the British band Echo and the Bunnymen. Additionally, the falls are referenced in the novella, The Odd Saga of the American and a Curious Icelandic Flock; during a dinner, Snorri expresses a preference for Gullfoss, while Dr. Gustafsson favors Glymur.

Gullfoss features in the music video for the single "Heaven" by the band Live. During the video a young man and a young woman separated by the Hvítá river exchange written messages carried on rocks that they throw to each other over the river and the falls. At the end of the music video the young man attempts to swim across the Hvítá river downstream from the Gulfoss. His young lady friend is so horrified by seeing him being washed down the Hvítá river that she also jumps into the river in order to help him. They then float down the river holding onto each other."
Short Description: site and focus of the fight to prevent a dam over the beautiful Gullfoss (Golden Falls)

Book Title: The Gullfoss Legends

First Year Published: 2010

Author's Name: Billy Bob Buttons

Name of Waymarked Item: Gullfoss

Location of Item: Iceland

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