Nicknamed by one local as ‘The Beauty’ in comparison to ‘The Beast’ of Dettifoss, the name Goðafoss could be translated roughly as The Waterfall of The Gods. An impressive site any time of year, in late spring, if you can catch it while there´s still icicles bedecking its sides, it’s a particularly otherworldly place to visit.
In the year 999, a holy man by the name of Þorgeir made Christianity the official religion of Iceland. To mark the occasion, he chucked some Pagan statues into the water here, making Goðafoss the famous symbolic site of Iceland´s conversion.
Next door, should you need it, is a little yellow restaurant and guesthouse named Fosshóll. With views across to the falls, they also provide free wi-fi access to customers.
From Húsavík, simply drive south, until you hit the ring road – Goðafoss is just a 5 minute drive from the junction. Once there, the falls are easily approachable from either side. The east side offers the best views for photographers, with paths to the river base, and a good view of Geitafoss, Goðafoss´s little sister. On the west side you can reach the brink of the falls themselves, but due to the parking facilities, this side may be a little busier at peak times.
View map of how to get to Goðafoss