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The Godafoss Waterfall, Iceland or the Waterfall of the Gods is one of the most impressive waterfalls of Iceland. Located in the northeastern region the fall is fed from the Skjalfandafljot River and falls from a height of 12 meters spread across a width of 30 meters. The beauty of fall lays not so much on its dramatic powerful plunge, but the separate cascades that form around the semi-circular arch of the rocks, coupled with patterns on the blue-green waters and the wonderful surrounding lava fields.
The origin of the name is often believed to be a mystical one. Though there is no hard evidence, folklore has it that in the year 1000 Porgeir Ljosvetningagodi, a law speaker threw the statues of the pagan gods, namely the Norse god into the waterfall to adopt Christianity and make it the official religion of the nation. This led to it being called the Waterfall of Gods.
Things to do
There are a number of guesthouses, farmhouses, hotels, and restaurants around the Godafoss Falls, as well as camping options, are also available. The waterfall can be visited from both sides and hence one can watch its splendor from different angles. It is also a great location during winters; however, the roads and accessibility to the falls may be tricky due to the snow covers.
Attractions Near Godafoss Waterfall, Iceland
There are many nearby attractions around Godafoss, such as Iceland cave tours to Grjotagja Hot Spring and Cave, Lofthellir Cave, Lake Myvatn, the Myvatn Nature Baths, Dimmuborgir Lava Park, Geitafoss waterfall, Krafla Caldera, Mt. Hverfjall, Selfoss Waterfall, Dettifoss Waterfall, Vaglaskogur Forest, Asbyrgi Canyon and more. The Godafoss Waterfalls are a mesmerizing sight for nature lovers, with the clear-colored waters crashing along a width of rocks. It is one of the most wonderful scenic sights that shouldn’t be missed while traveling to Iceland.
Mývatn lake is known for its rich birdlife and the surrounding basalt pillars, craters, geothermal areas, and fortresses. The Dettifoss Waterfall is the second most powerful waterfall in Europe with a width of 100 meters and a height of more than 44 meters.
Like the Godafoss waterfall, the Asbyrgi Canyon is also connected to the Old Norse mythology and is said to have gotten its horseshoe shape from the hoof of Odin’s eight-legged steed.
How to reach
The Godafoss Waterfall, Iceland lies on the Ring Road route, the road that covers the periphery of the country. One can also explore the falls when touring the northeast of Iceland. The fall is between Akureyri and Lake Myvatn and is about 6 hour’s drive from the capital Reykjavik. However, from Reykjavik, a lot of wonderful locations are found en route, such as Mount Esja, the underwater tunnel Hvalfjardargong, the pretty Borgafjordur and then through Akureyri and Svalbardseyri.
The Greater Reykjavik area is home to various galleries, museums, making it a cultural center for the country and an ideal place for those who are on the tour to the Golden circle around the country.
Visit the place to witness one of nature’s best creations. Relax your body and mind and get yourself drenched at the waterfall. The ideal time to visit the place is during the summers when you will get to see rainbows as sunlight comes in contact with the continuous and heavy drizzle, but you can visit them during winters too. A winter trip to the Godafoss falls will also give you the opportunity to chase and capture the northern lights in your camera in some of the most exotic and picturesque locations in the world.
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