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Godafoss Tours

Frequently cited as being one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, Godafoss is a 40-foot (12-meter) high and 100-foot (30-meter) wide fall located in the Skjálfandafljót River. It is along the route leading to the Sprengisandur highland plateau, which is huddled between the Hofsjökull and Vatnajökull glaciers.

What makes the waterfall so spectacular is the 330-foot (100-meter) wide, horseshoe-shaped canyon dug by the powerful river over the centuries. In typical Icelandic fashion, though, the canyon and waterfall are sort of split in two by black lava promontories, which only adds to the uniqueness of the place.

But more than just a pretty sight for sore eyes, Godafoss holds a significant role in Icelandic folklore due to its implication in the Christianization of the country. Rumor has it that in the year 1000, Iceland’s law-speaker and local Chieftain Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði threw his heathen statues of the Norse gods into the waterfall upon returning from the Alþingi, where he had decided that Icelandic religion would be of the Christian confession from this point forward. Þorgeir then decided to christen the mighty cascade the “waterfall of the gods,” in commemoration of recent events. A befitting name if there ever was one, even a millennium later, as only a place graced by the gods could hold such beauty and splendor. 

Practical Info

Godafoss is located 51 kilometers (31 miles) east of Akureyri and can be reached in 45 minutes by car via route 1. There are many day trips to Godafoss available in Akureyri for visitors who prefer to not rent a car. As with every waterfall in Iceland, accessing Godafoss is completely free of charge.

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Day Trip to Lake Mývatn and Powerful Dettifoss from Akureyri, Akureyri, null
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Day Trip to Lake Mývatn and Powerful Dettifoss from Akureyri

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Embark on a 4x4 Jeep tour to Lake Mývatn and the surroundings. Explore the North of iceland and see enchanting places such as Goðafoss waterfall ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 8 to 9 hrs

From USD $280.56
Lake Myvatn Classic Tour from Akureyri, Akureyri, Day Trips
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Lake Myvatn Classic Tour from Akureyri

Lake Mývatn Classic tour takes you on an amazing journey through an area of extreme contrasts, bird life, flora, geothermal activity, geology and saga. ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 8 to 9 hrs

From USD $173.57
Diamond Circle Day Trip from Akureyri, Akureyri, Day Trips
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Diamond Circle Day Trip from Akureyri

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Discover northern Iceland’s Diamond Circle on a full-day tour from Akureyri! With a knowledgeable guide, check off the incredible natural wonders, volcanic ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $236.58
Akureyri North Iceland Waterfalls and Nature Baths Small-Group Tour, Akureyri, Day Trips
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Akureyri North Iceland Waterfalls and Nature Baths Small-Group Tour

Visit Goðafoss waterfall, Dettifoss waterfall, and Selfoss waterfall on this guided, 10-hour small-group tour from Akureyri. You will also stop at the hot ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 9 to 10 hrs

From USD $266.30
4X4 Private Tour from Akureyri, Akureyri, Day Trips
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4X4 Private Tour from Akureyri

Join the private day tour for 1-6 person from Akureyri and we help you to organize your perfect day around Akureyri, to Lake Mývatn, Dettifoss or wherever ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $1,171.00
Akureyri Airvan Flight: Diamond Circle, Akureyri, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Akureyri Airvan Flight: Diamond Circle

Fly through the landscape of The Game of Thrones and Oblivion in this breathtaking flight of 60 to 80 minutes.    Marvel at the rugged Icelandic landscape as ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $392.31

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