NatureWaterfallsExperience the Majestic Godafoss Waterfall
Panoramic view on the Godafoss waterfall and its green landscapes ,accompanied by a beautiful sunset
Go Car Rental Iceland travel writer Leah BIlquist
By Leah BIlquistMar 21, 2024 • 7 min read

Experience the Majestic Godafoss Waterfall

Welcome to the land of fire and ice! Iceland, with its breathtaking landscapes and stunning natural formations, is a traveler's paradise. One of its crowning jewels is the Godafoss waterfall. Interested in visiting? Let's explore this beautiful attraction.

Godafoss Waterfall

The waterfall itself is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland! The water comes from the Skjálfandafljót, a river that runs in a 7000-year-old lava field from the Trölladyngja volcano.

The waterfall is a few different sizes, thanks to i’s horseshoe-shaped rock that rises in the center, separating the waterfall in two. One section is 30 feet high or 9m, while the other is 55 feet high or 17 meters.


Godafoss is located in northern Iceland, along the country's famous Ring Road. The waterfall is part of the Skjálfandafljót river, and it offers a mesmerizing view that will surely captivate your senses.

How to Get There

You can reach Godafoss by taking the Ring Road through North Iceland. It is also a part of the infamous Diamond Circle route! It is a 5-hour and 15-minute drive from Reykjavik to Godafoss, making it a road trip.

The route is 421.6 km or 261 miles down Route One. It is a conveniently located tourist attraction since you do not have to drive on any F-Roads or dangerous roads to reach it. This is also why it is one of the top waterfalls to visit.

By Rental Car

Driving your own rental car to Godafoss gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace. Just be mindful of the weather conditions, okay?

By Bus

Public transportation is available, but it requires some planning. Want to sit back and enjoy the view? This might be your best option.

Guided Tours

If you prefer having everything organized, guided tours are widely available. They often include other attractions as well, making the most out of your trip.

How Much Time?

If you want to stop and marvel at the waterfall, you will need anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour.

If you want to hike, you can plan for two to three hours here since the hike takes 50 minutes to complete. Take your time admiring the falls during the hike, then spend some time sitting near the waterfall. You should also block time to visit the cafe and gift shop too!

Hiker with a red jacket overlooking the beautiful waterfall Godafoss

Best Time to Visit?

Summer is the best time to visit Godafoss Waterfall. You can expect the roads to be clear this time of the year and enjoy the extra daylight hours. Summer sunsets over the waterfall have become a popular opportunity for photographers. The cool waterfall mist will also feel amazing on your face during the warmer months.

Surprisingly, winter is also another fantastic time to visit the Godafoss Waterfall. The falls will still be flowing. However, there will be large icicles and snow covering the area. You need a 4X4 vehicle to access the Godafoss in the winter, mostly due to the amount of snow that Northern Iceland gets this time of the year.

Godafoss Waterfall in Winter Covered in Snow

Spring and fall, which are Iceland’s shoulder seasons, can be great times to visit. You can expect fewer crowds during these times of the year and rent a smaller car!

What to See and Do

Enjoying the View

From different viewpoints, you can enjoy the waterfall in all its glory. Can you hear the roar of the waters calling?

Hiking and Trekking

For the adventurous, hiking trails lead to stunning views and untouched landscapes. Ready to lace up those hiking boots?

Photography and Art

Artists and photographers will find endless inspiration at Godafoss. Imagine capturing the essence of nature through your lens or brush!


Godafoss Waterfall in Iceland is more than just a natural wonder; it's a piece of history, a source of inspiration, and a must-visit for anyone exploring the country. Whether you're a history buff, an adventurer, or someone looking for serenity, Godafoss welcomes you with open arms. Isn't it time you experienced it for yourself?

Other waterfalls in Iceland

Located in the mesmerizing landscapes of Iceland, Seljalandsfoss is a breathtaking waterfall that captivates visitors with its majestic beauty. Cascading gracefully from a height of 60 meters, Seljalandsfoss offers a truly enchanting experience, particularly as it's one of the few waterfalls in the world where you can walk behind the cascading water curtain.

As you plan your Icelandic adventure, be sure to include Seljalandsfoss on your itinerary for an unforgettable encounter with nature's grandeur.

Learn more about this iconic landmark and discover the best ways to experience it firsthand at Go Car Rental's comprehensive guide to Seljalandsfoss: Seljalandsfoss Waterfall.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I swim in Godafoss?

No, swimming is not permitted at Godafoss due to safety concerns.

Is there an entrance fee to Godafoss?

No, visiting Godafoss is free of charge.

Are there facilities near Godafoss?

Yes, there are restrooms and a café near the parking area.

Can I visit Godafoss during winter?

Yes, but be prepared for icy conditions and limited daylight.

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