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Godafoss
Vacation Travel Guide

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
3 out of 5
Fosshóll, Laugar, Northeast Region
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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

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Fljotsbakki Farm Hotel
Fljotsbakki Farm Hotel
3 out of 5
Baroardalsvegur Eystri Fljotsbakki Farm, Laugar, Northeast Region
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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 Akureyri Church ...

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
holiday home, Akureyri
holiday home, Akureyri
Ljosavatn, Northeastern Region
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Situated in Ljosavatn, this vacation home is 5.7 mi (9.3 km) from Godafoss and within 16 mi (25 km) of Laugum Pool and Laugavollur. Jon Sveinsson Museum and ...

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Reviews of Godafoss

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5/5 - Excellent

Corey

Oct 11, 2018

Beautiful! You can hike around both sides of the waterfall!

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Fosshóll Guesthouse
Fosshóll Guesthouse
3 out of 5
Fosshóll, Laugar, Northeast Region
Fosshóll Guesthouse
Fljotsbakki Farm Hotel
Fljotsbakki Farm Hotel
3 out of 5
Baroardalsvegur Eystri Fljotsbakki Farm, Laugar, Northeast Region
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holiday home, Akureyri
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Breidamyri Farm Apartments
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3.5 out of 5
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North Aurora Guesthouse
North Aurora Guesthouse
3.5 out of 5
Lautavegur 8, Laugar
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Einishus Cottages
Einishus Cottages
3 out of 5
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The price is ¥14,051 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
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