Goðafoss, Iceland

Goðafoss has an interesting history associated with it, but I’ll leave that for you to discover elsewhere.  Let’s just say that it’s an impressive waterfall, so it’s understandable that it has an importance in such a mystical place.

I had stayed the night in Akureyri (a charming city), and then started heading east.  One of the first very easy waterfalls to visit is Goðafoss!  It is just a short distance from the Ring Road.  There are two separate parking areas.  The parking lot further to the west is closer to the falls, while the eastern parking lot is closer to Geitafoss.

There are also multiple different viewpoints of the falls.  The right side of the falls (in this picture) is very easily accessed from the western parking lot.  I would include a photo from that viewpoint if I hadn’t accidentally deleted nearly every photo I took that day.  The photo below is taken on the left side of the falls.  It might actually allow for a more complete view, but it does require slightly more effort.  If you find the right spot, you can also descend to the edge of the river.  It’s definitely worth the time to explore all around the falls.


  1. Head east on Ring Road 1 from Akureyri.
  2. Pass Road 842, and after a short distance, you will come to the parking area for Goðafoss.  If you pass Road 844.  You have gone too far.  (A roadside store is directly near 844, and is a good place to stop before continuing on the barren stretch of Ring Road 1.)

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy, hikes to other viewpoints are still relatively easy)
Height: 39′
Length of Hike: negligible

Goðafoss in June 2012

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