AFTER BREAKFAST THE NEXT DAY, we leave Myvátn and head west, making another detour from the Ring Road to another waterfall. Goðafoss is one of the most recognizable falls in Iceland, and it’s a constant destination for those plying the Ring Road.
The fall is tied with the Christianization of Iceland. Legend has it that when lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði made Christianity the country’s official religion in the year 1000, he threw his statues of Norse gods into the falls, giving it its name, which means Gods’ Falls.
Goðafoss isn’t as large or as high or as powerful as the previous waterfalls we’ve seen, but it’s arguably the prettiest. The autumn colors also make the surroundings much more beautiful, and we take our sweet time appreciating it and exploring the area where the river flows.
But we do have to peel ourselves from the place eventually, heading to Akureyri shortly before noon.