Godafoss waterfall

The Jökulsa River is home to Europe’s greatest waterfall Godafoss. The biggest flow is recorded during the summer, due to glacier melting.

It is 100 meters wide and descends to a depth of 45 meters. Other waterfalls in the vicinity include a ten-meter-high Selfoss approximately a kilometer upstream and a 27-meter-high Hafragilsfoss below the creek.

Goðafoss Waterfall is conveniently located by the Ring Road, between Akureyri and Lake Myvatn. You don’t even have to leave the car to see it, but it would be a shame not to make at least a short stop and enjoy this natural wonder of Iceland.

The waterfall got its name around the year 1000, when, according to old sagas, the legislator Thorgeir threw engravings of the old Nordic gods into its waters, thus deciding that Iceland would be Christian.

Gódafoss waterfall is located west of Mývaln and is easily accessible from the main road. Gódafoss is 12 meters high, 30 meters wide and lies on the river Skjálfandafljót. Gódafoss means a waterfall of gods, but the exact interpretation of its name is unclear – it can be either pagan gods or Christian gods.

It went down in Icelandic history around the year 1000, when the legislator Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði threw the pagan engravings of the Nordic gods into it and decided that Icelanders would profess Christianity.

Waterfall of the gods

It got its name from a historical event when an Icelandic leader decided to recognize Christianity as a valid religion in Iceland by throwing pagan statues into the waterfall. You will find Gódafoss almost by the road just behind Lake Mývatn.

Personally, the waterfall seemed like a little Niagara Falls. The waterfall is a horseshoe that you can reach almost at your fingertips.

As with many other waterfalls, it was very flooded here and the access roads were a bit more complicated and the water was dirty, on the other hand we saw the waterfall really in full force.

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Published: January 13, 2022
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