The meaning of the name Goðafoss ("Waterfall of the Gods") gives a pretty good indication of how this natural site has been regarded throughout Icelandic history. Located between Akureyri and Mývatn, it is without a doubt one of the country's most spectacular waterfalls, some 12 meters wide and arcing downwards in a graceful horseshoe shape. It’s also historically significant as the place where lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði threw statues of the pagan gods that he rejected when he embraced Christianity in the year 1000 C.E.
By Paul Sullivan, AFAR Local Expert
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Goðafoss Waterfall, Iceland