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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Dettifoss

Dettifoss – a waterfall of the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, in Jökulsárgljúfur canyon (which is a separated part of Vatnajökull National Park), the largenrst (volume discharge: 193 m³/s) one in Iceland, the second (after the Rhine Falls in Switzerland) most powerful in Europe. Located on Diamond Circle route in Northeastern Region of Iceland. It is 44 m high and 100 m wide. few hundred meters upstream there is broad waterfall Selfoss (11 m high).

Dettifoss is featured in movies: Prometheus (2012) – opening scene – and in Oblivion (2013).

Ξ Vatnajökull National Park website



See also:

Jökulsárgljúfur: Glacial River CanyonRéttarfoss


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Réttarfoss

Réttarfoss– the penultimate waterfall of the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, in Jökulsárgljúfur canyon (which is a separated part of Vatnajökull National Park). It is located on Diamond Circle route in Northeastern Region of Iceland.

The Réttarfoss is 12 m high and 75 m wide.  Upstream there are waterfalls: Selfoss, Dettifoss, Hafragilsfoss, downstream – Vígabjargsfoss.

Ξ Vatnajökull National Park website



See also:

Jökulsárgljúfur: Glacial River CanyonDettifoss


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Hljóðaklettar: the Echoing Rocks

Hljóðaklettar / Hljodaklettar (known also as The Echoing Rocks / The Sound Cliffs / The Cliffs of Sounds) is a group of crater plugs, with basaltic columns, wich fantastical shapes were formed by glacier flooding and river Jökulsá á Fjöllum. It is believed that the sound of running river could be heard here.

Hljóðaklettar is located on Diamond Circle route in Northeastern Region of Iceland. It lies in Jökulsárgljúfur protected area, which is a separated part of the Vatnajökull National Park.

Ξ Vatnajökull National Park website



See also:

Jökulsárgljúfur: Glacial River CanyonÁsbyrgi and Jökulsá á Fjöllum


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Ásbyrgi and Jökulsá á Fjöllum

The horseshoe-shaped (“Sleipnir’s footprint”) glacial canyon Ásbyrgi, located on Diamond Circle route in Northeastern Region of Iceland. Divided by rock formation Eyjan (Island). With cliffs up to 100 m high, forest and small lake Botnstjörn. Formed in the Ice Age most likely as a result of glacial flooding of river Jökulsá á Fjöllum (which has changed its course). Legend has it, the canyon is a foorprint of Sleipnir, Odin’s eight-legged horse.

Ásbyrgi canyon lies in Jökulsárgljúfur protected area, which is a separated part of the Vatnajökull National Park.

Ξ Vatnajökull National Park website



See also:

Jökulsárgljúfur: Glacial River CanyonHljóðaklettar: the Echoing Rocks


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