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Godafoss

Appreciate a view of the impressive horseshoe shape of the Waterfall of the Gods and go hiking alongside the foamy rapids of the Skjálfandafljót River.

One of Iceland’s most famous attractions, Godafoss is a glorious arch of falls with a width of 98 feet (30 meters). The roar of the line of water smashing through the river surface below is as loud as the waterfall is picturesque. Clamber over precarious rocks for a view from above the falls.

Walk across both banks of the river to see the waterfall from various angles. Drop down to the base of the falls to get a closer look at the thunderous wall of water hitting the river. Capture photos of the magnificent falls with the spray rebounding off the cliff walls. Look for a rainbow on sunny days, as the sunlight is dispersed into many colors by the spray and foam.

In winter and spring, the river turns partly icy on the sides. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere when the entire region is covered in snow and parts of the falls turn to ice. In summer, follow trails alongside the picturesque parts of the water and stop for a picnic on the grass.

Legend has it the chieftain of Iceland at the turn of the 11th century threw icons of Norse deities into the river here to renounce his faith and embrace Christianity. See this story depicted in a window pane of Akureyri Church.

Make sure to see the nearby Geitafoss, a set of rapids in the same river that brings out the white and turquoise colors of the water. To replenish energy levels after hiking around the falls, dine at the restaurant beside the main waterfall.

Godafoss is in the Bardardalur region in the northern part of the country. It is 5 hours east of Reykjavik and over an 1 hour southwest of Skinnastadur by car. The site is beside the large ring road that passes through the scenic volcanic area of Mývatn. The east bank of the river has a small parking lot.


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Fosshóll Guesthouse
Fosshóll Guesthouse

Fosshóll Guesthouse

Fosshóll, Laugar, Northeast Region
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Godafoss and within 9 mi (15 km) of Laugum Pool and Laugavollur. Jon Sveinsson Museum and Hlidarfjall Akureyri are also within 25 mi (40 km).

    Vrbo Property
    Vrbo Property

    Vrbo Property

    Öxararvegur, Fossholl, Northeastern Region
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars
      Fljotsbakki Farm Hotel $85
      Fljotsbakki Farm Hotel

      Fljotsbakki Farm Hotel

      Baroardalsvegur Eystri Fljotsbakki Farm, Laugar, Northeast Region
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Laugar, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Godafoss and within 12 mi (20 km) of Laugum Pool and Laugavollur. Jon Sveinsson Museum and Hlidarfjall Akureyri are also within 25 mi (40 km).

        North Aurora Guesthouse $100
        North Aurora Guesthouse

        North Aurora Guesthouse

        Lautavegur 8, Laugar
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Laugar, this golf apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Laugum Pool and Laugavollur. Godafoss is 8.1 mi (13.1 km) away.

          CJA guesthouse
          CJA guesthouse

          CJA guesthouse

          Hjalli, Laugar
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Laugum Pool and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Laugavollur. Godafoss is 9.8 mi (15.7 km) away.

            Einishus Cottages $172
            Einishus Cottages

            Einishus Cottages

            Einarsstadir 2, Laugar, Northeast Region
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Laugar, this cottage is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Laugum Pool and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Laugavollur. Godafoss is 7 mi (11.3 km) away.

              Guesthouse Storu-Laugar $86
              Guesthouse Storu-Laugar

              Guesthouse Storu-Laugar

              Storu Laugar, Laugar
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Laugum Pool and Laugavollur. Godafoss is 9 mi (14.5 km) away.

                Vallakot Farm Guesthouse
                Vallakot Farm Guesthouse

                Vallakot Farm Guesthouse

                Vallakot, Laugar, Northeast Region
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Laugar, this guesthouse is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Laugum Pool and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Laugavollur. Godafoss and Husavik Harbour are also within 25 mi (40 km).