Goðafoss “the beauty”
Goðafoss waterfall is often nicknamed the waterfall of the gods. Some believe that the name comes from the fact that the waterfall is godlike in beauty but an old legend in Iceland also tells the story of Þorgeir Ljósvetningargoði. Þorgeir who was a lawspeaker at the old Alþingi parliament is said to have thrown his pagan god statues into the falls when taking up Christianity and from there the name originates no one truly knows but we believe both might be true!
Goðafoss is one of Iceland’s true pearls and one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. Its fed by the river Skjálfandafljót which runs in a 7000 year old lava field from the Trölladyngja volcano, tröll is troll in English so it’s safe to say that the area is mystical and has been a real inspiration to many folklore tales.
The waterfall flows over a 30-meter wide horseshoe-shaped rock that rises in the center separating the waterfall in two. One part is about 9 meters and the second 17 meters high. When the water flow is high in the river other waterfalls often appear in the river adding even more magic and beauty to the surroundings.
Where is Goðfoss?
Goðafoss is located in the North East part of Iceland, right off the Ring Road 1. It is very well marked with a big sign and pretty hard to miss. At Goðafoss you will find a pretty good parking lot located West of the waterfall. The drive from Akureyri is about 43 minutes and from Reykjavík is about 5 hours and 20 minutes without a stop. The waterfall is often visited while doing the Ring Road or whilst exploring the North East parts of Iceland.
Getting close the waterfall
Reaching it from the West: From the parking lot, you can easily walk at the riverside all the way to the waterfall itself.
Reaching it from the East: From the restaurant and service house at Fosshóll you can walk down a small path and get very close to the waterfall.
Nearby things to see
- Lake Mývatn
- Dimmuborgir Lava Field
- Geitafoss waterfall
- Krafla Caldera