The Godafoss Falls 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 12m spread across a width of 30m. 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.
WHAT TO SEE
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 the 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.
There are many nearby attractions around Godafoss, such as Lake Myvatn, the Myvatn Nature Baths, Dimmuborgir Lava Park, Grjotagja Hot Spring and Cave, Geitafoss waterfall, Krafla Caldera, Mt. Hverfjall, Selfoss Waterfall, Dettifoss Waterfall, Vaglaskogur Forest, Lofthellir Cave, 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.
How to reach
The Godafoss Fall 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.