Photo Guide to Godafoss Waterfall in Iceland
In a country known for its epic round-up of waterfalls: Godafoss stands out as one of its most beautiful. You can photograph it from both its east AND west sides, which gives you more vantage points than other popular waterfalls, such as mighty Gulfoss. I visited Godafoss in the morning, then traveled over to Detifoss Waterfall (the most powerful in Europe) & Myvatn Hot Springs, then I returned to Godafoss in the evening ~ right at “Magic Hour.” And that’s when I got all my favorite photos. Learn how to get the best shots & where to stay by the falls in this “Photo Guide to Godafoss Waterfall.”
GWTW Tip: If you want the freedom to visit Godafoss at sunset, or go off-roading to reach Detifoss, you’ll need to rent a car in Akureyri. From there, it’s only a 45-minute drive due east to reach Godafoss.
Map of Godafoss Waterfall & Nearby Hotels
Vallakot Farm Guesthouse
Photos of Godafoss Waterfall
Godafoss is located in northern Iceland, near they city of Akureyri ~ to reach the falls, head east on the Ring Road, or Route 1. From Akureyri, it’s 52 kilometers to Godafoss, or a 45-minute drive. Most people park on the west side of the falls; there’s a large lot called Godafoss West Bank Parking. From there, it’s a short walk to the falls, & a nice dirt trail runs along the length of them. There’s no guard rail except for in a few places ~ which is great for photos, but if you’re traveling with children: take care not to get close to the edge.
You’ll find more people on the west side of the falls: but I took some of my favorite shots on the EAST side, which requires walking down to the bridge at the fall’s lower level, & crossing over. You’ll get a more full panorama of the falls from the east, & there will be fewer people in your shots, as not everyone walks across the bridge.
If You Want to Stay in Akureyri on a Budget: Stay at one of the cutest hostels in the country, that also has a great restaurant & pub (with great burgers): Akureyri Backpackers Hostel ($22+/night). I stayed here as a solo traveler & felt entirely safe & comfortable, plus it gives you the opportunity to meet other travelers.
Where to Stay by Godafoss Waterfall
If you want to stay near Godafoss, you’ve got several lovely farmhouse options in the rural town of Laugar. Vallakot Farm Guesthouse is located just north of Laugar, in the countryside, & gives you clean, cozy rooms ~ plus a hot tub where you can enjoy views of the surrounding pastures….& possibly even the Northern Lights. Guesthouse Hvitafell also has a hot tub, & rooms have basic kitchens, so you can save some money by preparing your own meals here.
Ultimate Photo Guide to Godafoss Waterfall
One more lodging option, particularly if cozy farmhouses aren’t your thing & you want a more modern vibe with lake views: head to sleek Fosshotel Myvatn, which is near the Myvatn Nature Baths ~ North Iceland’s answer to the Blue Lagoon. Soak your tired muscles here after a long day of exploring waterfalls…
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