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Godafoss

Vacation Travel Guide
Godafoss featuring a cascade and mist or fog

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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Hotel Laugar
Hotel Laugar
2.5 out of 5
Austurhlíðarvegur, Laugar
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥20,389 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is steps from Laugum Pool and Laugavollur. Godafoss is 8.4 mi (13.5 km) away.
4/5Very Good! (22 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Hotel Laugar
Fosshóll Guesthouse
Fosshóll Guesthouse
3 out of 5
Fosshóll, Laugar, Northeast Region
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 ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Wonderful stay!
"Really enjoyed our stay here. The rooms were clean. Loved the fact that they had two pillows per bed....yeah!! Our host was very kind. We had a great breakfast delivered to us the next morning in a lovely bag. There was so much we ate half of it for lunch! It was great walking to Godafoss in the ..."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

Fosshóll Guesthouse
Fljotsbakki Farm Hotel
Fljotsbakki Farm Hotel
3 out of 5
Baroardalsvegur Eystri Fljotsbakki Farm, Laugar, Northeast Region
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. Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)
"It was quiet and the room could be darkened. The room was clean and nicely decorated. The bathroom was clean and fresh. The staff was friendly and helpful. We would return here!"

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2019

Fljotsbakki Farm Hotel
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