Gulfoss Falls (Golden Waterfall) is a stunning waterfall, rolling down three steps before falling 32 meters in two stages.
Back in 1907, the falls belonged to a local farmer, Tómas Tómasson, who leased it to an Englishman, having declined to sell it to him. The Englishman had plans to produce electricity from the power of the falls, which would have destroyed them.
Sigriður Tómasdóttir, the daughter of Tómas, protested against the construction even threatening to throw herself into the falls. Hiring a lawyer she tried, but failed, to have the contract made void. However, the Englishman failed to make payments for the rent and the contract was automatically made void.
Due to Sigriður's battle to prevent the falls from being destroyed she is generally known as Iceland's first environmentalist.
Uploaded: Jan 4, 2016
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