ÍS: Goðafoss- Waterfall of the Gods

F1000011goda According to the sagas (in other words, as legend has it…), Icelandic chieftains made the decision to peacefully convert to Christianity in the year 1000 ad. They saw the problems that were already arising from having two different religions in the small country. So, they asked the Lawspeaker (the most influential man in the country- called a lawspeaker because would recite the law every year at the parliment) to decide which religion would be best for Iceland. Lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði laid down in his tent for 24 hours thinking. When he emerged, he declared everyone would be Christian (although pagans could still practice privately). On his way home from the Alþingi, the Icelandic yearly parliament of chieftains, Þorgeir threw his statues of Norse gods into this powerful waterfall as a sign of his commitment to the new Christian God. That, the sagas claim, is why this place is called Goðafoss (Waterfall of the Gods).F1000009godaGoðafoss was one of the sights I didn’t catch on my trip around the Ring Road in June, even though I’ve been dying to see it since I got here. So I was rather excited when we decided to make the short drive from our cabin in Dalvík at the end of June. The waterfall is a stunning semicircle that can be approached from either side. It definitely lived up to my expectations, and if you are traveling around Iceland it’s a must see! F1000014goda

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F1000010goda[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click this link to see more pictures from this trip up to northern Iceland. ]

10 thoughts on “ÍS: Goðafoss- Waterfall of the Gods

  1. I went in July and in March. March, with ice and snow, was the best. I hope you said Hi to the elves. The place is thick with them.

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