Exciting 2.5-Hour Godafoss Waterfall Private Tour from Akureyri in North Iceland

Water freezing around Godafoss during winter is a sight to behold.
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Akureyri, Iceland
2,5 hours
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Experience the beauty and wonders of Godafoss waterfalls, one of Iceland's most beautiful attractions, in this exciting two-and-half-hour private tour from Akureyri. Translated as "the waterfall of the gods, Godafoss offers breathtaking views and is one of North Iceland's must-see spots.

The tour begins when a driver-guide picks you up from your Akureyri hotel. Godafoss waterfall is around 21.4 miles (34.5 kilometers) from Akureyri, a 30 to 45-minute drive. With the driver's experience in the area, they can tell you about the nature and associated folklore en route, and you are welcome to ask as many questions as you like.

Upon reaching Godafoss, you'll see the water cascading over the edge and downstream, resembling a horseshoe. The water splits as large rocks in the middle divide it into two. 

Godafoss waterfall falls from a height of 39 feet (12 meters) with a width of 98 feet (30 meters). Located between Akureyri and Lake Myvatn in North Iceland, Godafoss is also part of the famous Diamond Circle sightseeing route. The water flows over a semi-circular arc, creating a magical display of blue-green swirling patterns below.

Interestingly, Godafoss waterfall sits on the Skjalfandafljot, a river that originates from the Vatnajokull glacier, Iceland's largest ice cap. The river flows through a picturesque landscape, surrounded by lush green vegetation, rocky cliffs, and rugged hills. As a result, the landscape's contrasting colors boost the waterfall's visual appeal.

Godafoss' water flow showcases impressive force—however, the river's volume and speed change depending on the season. Flow rates tend to go higher during summer when the snow and glacial meltwater increases the water levels.

In winter, the Godafoss waterfall is surrounded by beautiful ice sculptures.

To maximize the beauty of Godafoss, be sure to go to different viewing points. You'll find walking paths and viewpoints on both sides of the river.

Aside from its impressive natural wonders, another aspect that contributes to Godafoss' appeal is its fascinating historical and cultural significance.

During the Viking Age in the 9th and 10th centuries, the people who inhabited Iceland followed the Old Norse religion, worshiping gods such as Thor and Loki. Conflict arose when Christianity came to Iceland and divided the people. In turn, Thorgeir Thorkelsson, a prominent Icelandic lawspeaker, was tasked to settle the dispute.

Legend has it that, despite following the Old Norse gods, Thorkelsson brought all his religious idols to the Godafoss waterfall and threw them away, symbolizing that the country was now officially Christian.

However, his move supposedly angered the gods, who split the Godafoss waterfall into two.

After exploring and appreciating Godafoss' majestic beauty, the driver will take you back to your Akureyri hotel. You can also stop at key areas on the way home for more photos, time allowing.

Don't miss this chance to experience one of Iceland's most incredible features, the Godafoss waterfall. Check availability now by choosing a date.  

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