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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
star-4.5
$192.91 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great tour and guide
Got picked up from the port by a mini bus. Great tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable on his country and all the places we stopped out or drove by. The waterfall was impressive. Great company and will definitely be using them again.
Tracey_A, Aug 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
Great Akureyri excursion!
Rick_R, Aug 2022
Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss Shared Shore Excursions
Our family of 4 very much enjoyed this excursion. The guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and fun. We saw so many sights (and smells!) and learned much about the local history and culture. We highly recommend this tour!
star-4
Great volcanic features
Jillian_D, Jul 2022
Lake Myvatn Day Tour and Godafoss Waterfall for Cruise Ships from Akureyri Port
Saw some spectacular geological features. An hour at the baths was not long enough so we opted not to go in. By the time you had changed you would only be in there about half an hour and at £35 per adult it was a bit steep.
star-5
Best Tour (Guide) Ever
Robert_Q, Jul 2022
Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Waterfall Day Tour from Akureyri
Our guide, Armann, would make any tour an adventure. His commitment to giving each guest an experience to remember was remarkable. This tour was my primary reason for coming to Iceland. Thanks to Armann it was far better than I had imagined.
star-5
First class trip
Paul_T, Jul 2022
Lake Myvatn Day Tour and Godafoss Waterfall for Cruise Ships from Akureyri Port
Great trip seeing all the highlights, very informative driver / guide, far better getting around in a small group than the large coach tours. Highlight was the nature baths, really enjoyed
star-5
Great experience.
Eddie_V, Jul 2022
Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss Shore Excursion
Great and informative small group tour. Pick up from cruise port was very easy. Guide was very knowledgeable of the area, and could answer our questions easily. He gave us time to explore, and was in no hurry. We stopped many times, and saw more than was expected.
star-4
Fabulous guide, but it’s still a group tour.
Jennifer_G, Jul 2022
Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss Shared Shore Excursions
Tomas was an exceptional guide. He was knowledgeable, personable and the perfect person to “show and tell” in the north of Iceland. The Mercedes mini bus is deluxe and offers more comfort and a smaller group size than a regular tour bus, but you’re still relegated to a group tour where stops are set, timed and scheduled. I wish we could hire Tomas for a private day tour.
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-5
5 Star Experience
Michele_H, Jul 2022
Lake Myvatn Day Tour and Godafoss Waterfall for Cruise Ships from Akureyri Port
Outstanding tour. Small group allowed for a few stops off the beaten track of the larger tour busses.
star-5
Terrific, Intelligent, Entertaining Guides
Dena_S, Jul 2022
Lake Myvatn Private Day Tour Mývatn, Godafoss Waterfall for Cruise Ships
We booked 2 of these tours for a family group of 29. We had an amazing tour even though it was a freezing cold day in June. We learned so much about Iceland and saw beautiful countryside. We accidentally left a wallet on the bus and didn’t realize until the following day. The tour guide found it and shipped it back to us in the U.S.A. We highly recommend this tour company. One suggestion for Viator customers….Please be respectful of the tour professionals and cancel your trip with plenty of notice. This company said they were only given 3 days notice of our booking through Viator and we’re not sure they could still offer tours on their site. They had also had instances when they had hired extra guides and rented vans and then had to cancel last minute when the customers cancelled on Viator.
star-5
Fun and informative excursion
keenan_c, Sep 2021
Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Waterfall Day Tour from Akureyri
We (as a group of three) had enough time to travel to all destinations with an adequate amount of time spent at each location, no one was rushed in any way, and we could experience the natural beauty present. The tour guide was very informative about many aspects not only about each stop, but Iceland in general- whether it came to geology or folklore, he always had something interesting or witty to say. My favourite part had to be the mud pots- it looked (and smelled) like you had just stepped on an alien planet, with the blistered landscape inset with roaring steam columns and bubbling acid pools.
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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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