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The Basics

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

Guided tours of Iceland’s Diamond Circle and day tours to Lake Myvatn, leaving from Akureyri, typically include a stop at Godafoss. You can book a group or private tour and travel by 4WD vehicle, minibus or minivan, or even take an aerial tour in an airplane. Whether you visit the falls independently or on a guided excursion, be sure to take the path behind the falls for a more intimate, less-crowded viewpoint.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Akureyri

The top attractions near Akureyri with local guide
Kevin_P, Jun 2021
Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Waterfall Day Tour from Akureyri
Iceland is getting crowded with tourists, mostly Americans, and I am glad I happened upon this tour. Our guide was a local, which isn't always the case since many larger companies are importing guides from places like Spain. I liked this because she grew up on a local farm and had many interesting things to say along the way about growing up in Iceland and how things have changed in recent decades. We toured most of the Diamond Circle, we had plenty of time on our stops and flexibility. We had 5 people, three groups (I was traveling alone), so it was a perfect size of group. The van was very comfortable, a high ceiling Ford with plenty of seating. It was a full day, with two waterfall, a hot spring stop which is much better IMHO than the Blue Lagoon, along with lava fields, a wonderful bargain soup lunch along the way (the best deal I have had in Iceland and I've been here almost 3 weeks). The north is a wonderful place to visit and I wish I had made more time to explore but if you want to see a lot in a short time but not feel like you are being rushed from place to place, I recommend this tour.
A geological wonderland!
Pat T, Aug 2019
Lake Myvatn Day Tour and Godafoss Waterfall for Cruise Ships from Akureyri Port
Our guide, Armann was superb in his knowledge of the area. The sights are so diversified - waterfalls, lava formations, fumaroles, and nature baths. You have the option to enjoy the Myvatn baths or visit the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, a short drive away. I highly recommend this tour with Image Iceland Tours.
Lake Myvatn Day Tour and Godafoss Waterfall (from Akureyri)
Steve O, Jul 2019
Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Waterfall Day Tour from Akureyri
Pick up, guide and sights all really good, very smooth process throughout. Fantastic trip, worth it just for the Godafoss falls alone.
Wonderful day!
msk1Ca, Aug 2019
Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Waterfall Day Tour from Akureyri
This day with Imagine Iceland Travel was terrific! Mira was our guide and SO helpful and informative. This small group trip to the baths and the waterfall was a splendid day in Iceland! Highly recommend.
Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Waterfall
kathrynamw, Jul 2019
Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Waterfall Day Tour from Akureyri
Great day trip! 8 hours of interesting facts and fantastic scenery. Friendly, knowledgeable tour guide who adapted the tour to suit the small group.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Godafoss is a must-see attraction for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, and those with an interest in Icelandic history.

  • Don’t forget to wear waterproof clothing: You can get soaked by the falls’ spray

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.

  • Access to the falls is free of charge.

  • Although you can walk close to the edge on the west bank, practice utmost caution as the rocky ledges can be extremely slippery.

  • There are several spots from where to get views of the falls, including a viewing platform and a nearby restaurant with free Wi-Fi.

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How to Get There

Godafoss is located 31 miles (51 kilometers) east of Akureyri and you can reach it within around 45 minutes by car via Route 1 (Ring Road). The site has a parking lot with restroom facilities. If you’d rather not rent a car, you can join one of a number of tours leaving from Akureyri that include visits to Godafoss.

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When to Get There

All of Iceland’s main attractions are at their busiest during the summer months. You can avoid the biggest crowds by visiting in the early morning or at night—long daylight hours mean you will still be able to see clearly. The weather in northeast Iceland can be challenging in winter, but the lack of crowds makes this a peaceful time to visit.

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The Legend of Godafoss, Iceland’s Waterfall of the Gods

Even more than being one of North Iceland’s most beautiful sights, Godafoss waterfall holds a significant role in Icelandic folklore due to its role in the Christianization of the country. Legend has it that in the year 1,000, Iceland’s local Chieftain Thorgeir Ljósvetningagodi threw his heathen statues of the Norse gods into the waterfall upon returning from the Althingi (parliament), where he had decided that Iceland’s official religion would be Christianity from that point forward. In honor of his decisions, Thorgeir then decided to christen the mighty cascade, the “Waterfall of the Gods.”

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