Goðafoss

Goðafoss – a waterfall of the river Skjálfandafljót, 12 high, 30 m wide, located on the crossroad of Ring Road and Diamond Circle route in Northeastern Region of Iceland. Nerby, downstream there is a smaller waterfall Geitafoss.

The name of the waterfall might mean waterfall of the goð (pagan idols) or waterfall of the goði (chieftain). According to legend, lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði (Thorgeir Ljosvetningagodi Thorkelsson), after his return in 999/1000 from Alþingi (Althing, national parliament of Iceland located in Þingvellir/Thingvellir), where he had announced Christianity as the official religion of Iceland, threw his Norse gods idols into the waterfall.


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Northern Iceland

Along Ring Road in Northeastern Region (Norðurland; biggest town: Akureyri) and Northwestern Region (Norðurland; biggest town: Sauðárkrókur) in the north of Iceland.



See also:

Snowy Iceland

Akureyri – the Capital of North Iceland


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Akureyri – the Capital of North Iceland

Akureyri – “the Capital of North Iceland” – a town at the base of Eyjafjörður Fjord, fourth largest municipality in the country (after Reykjavík, Hafnarfjörður and Kópavogur), the seat of Northeastern Region of Iceland. An important port and fishing centre. Much of the houses in Akureyri are using geothermal heating.

Akureyri sigths:

  • Akureyrarkirkja (Akureyri Church) from 1940,
  • Akureyri Art Museum,
  • Botanical Gardens.

See also:

Húsavík

Northern Iceland

Snowy Iceland


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