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Goðafoss Waterfall

The Goðafoss waterfall is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. The water from the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters. The waterfall is one of the larger falls in Iceland and is a popular destination throughout the year. 

In the year 1000, the Law speaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði made Christianity the official religion of Iceland. After his conversion, Þorgeir threw his statues of the old Norse gods into the waterfall, henc the name - "the waterfall of the gods".

The waterfall is close to the main road nr 1. There are parkings on both sides of the river and good trails leading up to the falls. The view is good from both sides, the shortest walkingdistance is from the west side of the river. 

During winter we advise visitors to check the website of the The Icelandic Road Administration to see the condition of the road as well as the weather prognoses for the area by the Iceland Met Office before setting out for an adventure of the day.

Souvenir store, restaurant and toilets are found close by the falls, at the Goðafosscafé/Fosshóll
Openinghours (winter 2022) Weekdays: 9.00-18.00, Saturdays 10.00-18.00 and Sundays 12.00-18.00

For those who wish to make more of the tour - it is possible to visit a part of the Arctic Circle Route on the way and visit Laufás an old turf-farm which meaning driving this rout: Akureyri - Goðafoss - Dalsmynni - Laufás - Akureyri, which is about 100 km and about 1.5 hours drive. Note that the road through the valley Dalsmynni is a gravelroad.
Other options is to include Grenivík (a small village by the east coast of Eyjafjörður), or make a visit to Vaglaskógur forest. 

It is possible to get to the falls by public busses - route 79 Akureyri - Húsavík - Akureyri ((stop Fosshóll-Goðafoss).
For time table:   From Akureyri to the falls         
                             From the falls to Akureyri

Further info

Road Description:
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N65° 40' 58.154" W17° 32' 58.487"

Road Number: 1

Distance from Akureyri:
35 km