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Godafoss, Iceland
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Also known as "The Fall of the Gods," Godafoss represents a magnificent horseshoe-shaped waterfall and a favorite of many tourists. The waterfall represents the point in time where the Heathens of Iceland made the choice to convert to Christianity and allegedly threw all their idols over the falls. Spanning a width of 30 m (98 ft) and reaching 12 m (39 ft) high, this natural masterpiece is worth spending a few minutes on. Check out the gift shop where traditional Icelandic wool items are reasonably priced. Take a look at our Akureyri travel itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Godafoss and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • If you travel through Iceland it is a must see "Godafoss". We stopped by on our way back from Lake Myvatn to Reykjavik and the views are simply spectacular. You can take pictures from both sides of th...  more »
  • Are relatively small compared to the big falls (Niagara Falls, Iguazzù falls, Victory) but they offer some nice Visual perspectives with the play of sunlight filtering through the clouds they buy particular tints. The name Godafoss or waterfall of the gods comes from the historical fact that in these waters the chieftain Thorgeir hurled the pagan idols and decided to embrace Christianity as a religion of the nation. Visiting Akureyri one cannot make a visit to this place.
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  • Godafoss means waterfall of the gods. The name comes from a legend that around the year 1000, a legislator of the Icelandic Parliament decided to abandon the worship of the ancient Norse gods and Iceland to convert to Christianity, casting the statues of pagan gods into the waterfall. Icelandic tradition, instead, the name was already used previously. It is said, that the ancient inhabitants of Iceland considered sacred because in the three jets could see the three main gods: Odin, Thor and Freyr. In any case, the falls Godafoss are impressive and worth seeing them on both sides. Coming from Akureyri agrees Park before the bridge on your right and take one of several trails. Then you cross the bridge and, with an easy walk, you get both a high vantage point, both at the foot of the waterfall.
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