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Godafoss

Godafoss

Free admission
Iceland

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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Lake Myvatn Day Tour and Godafoss Waterfall for Cruise Ships from Akureyri Port
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Lake Myvatn Day Tour and Godafoss Waterfall for Cruise Ships from Akureyri Port
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$196.58 per adult
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Myvatn
All the sites we visited were fantastic and well worth seeing. Our guide was very informative and friendly. As we were a small group we had lots of opportunity to talk to the guide and each other. Would recommend the Icelandic tour company Viator used for this trip.
Andrew_K, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Akureyri

star-5
A memorable trip in Akureyri
King_Y, Jun 2022
Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss Shore Excursion
Godafoss and hot spring area are the most beautiful part of the excursion experience. The driver as well as local guide is excellent.
star-4
A fine tour but there are less expensive versions offered in town.
Barbara_F, May 2022
Goðafoss- Waterfall of the Gods Tour from Akureyri
The driver was very friendly and helpful and he did take us to a few extra places and asked if there was anything else we would like to see. The taxi was clean and comfortable. The only negative was that a simple taxi drive to the falls was offered all over town for much less money.
star-5
Incredible tour.
Tracy_W, Jun 2022
Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss Shared Shore Excursions
The tour was so complete! Many important stops that allowed you to walk and explore each of the many sights. We ended at the Myvatn thermal baths. Very nice to go into the water and experience. Our guide was so knowledgeable and friendly! Amazing 8 hour day went too fast!
star-4
Goosfalls
Paul_H, Jun 2022
Goðafoss- Waterfall of the Gods Tour from Akureyri
Seeing the falls. Weather could have been better. Nice easy walk to the observation area. The van was newer and nice.
star-4
Lots to see
Raglan_S, May 2022
Lake Myvatn Day Tour and Godafoss Waterfall for Cruise Ships from Akureyri Port
Our host was very knowledgeable and friendly. We saw a lot in the time that we had. This was a shore excursion and we were returned to the ship in comfortable time. There were 11 of us in total which made for an intimate group. My only criticism was that the seating on the vehicle was a little cramped.
star-5
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.
star-5
Wonderful day!
Martha_k, 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.
star-5
Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Waterfall
Kathryn_P, 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.
star-5
The tour went straight to...
howard_h, Jun 2022
Goðafoss- Waterfall of the Gods Tour from Akureyri
The tour went straight to the falls without several add-ons to extend the tour. We had an hour to explore the falls. tdifferent afternoon activity.
star-4
Lake Myvatn Day Tour and Godafoss Waterfall (from Akureyri)
Stephen_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.
star-5
Wonderful event
edward_h, Oct 2021
Goðafoss- Waterfall of the Gods Tour from Akureyri
My tour guide, who was also the owner, was very friendly and informative 👍. I was the only passenger and he was a fountain of information about Iceland. Highly recommended this tour
star-4
Nice area tour
Heather M, Jul 2019
Lake Myvatn Day Tour and Godafoss Waterfall for Cruise Ships from Akureyri Port
Enjoyed our tour of the lake, tectonic plates and other areas in Iceland. Our tour started a few minutes late but the tour guide made up for it by showing us more things. Would go again. Back to the cruise ship in plenty of time.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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