Thursday, March 17, 2011

Gullfoss, perhaps the most famous waterfall in Iceland.

It is said that Sigríður Tómasdóttir, the daughter of Tómas Tómasson who owned the waterfall in the first half of the 20th century, is to be credited with preventing private investors from building a hydroelectric plant at Gullfoss.

To prevent them from doing this, not only did Sigríður threaten to throw herself into the falls, but she walked barefoot from Gullfoss to Reykjavik in protest of this proposition. By the time she arrived in Reykjavik, the 75 miles of unpaved roads had torn up her feet.

She had made her point and thus, the plant was never built.

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