Are you guys tired of waterfalls yet? Ok good, because I’m not and probably never will be. We already talked about one of my all time favorites – Kirkjufellsfoss in western Iceland (still don’t know if that’s the right spelling) – so today we’re going to take a look at Godafoss aka the surprise waterfall we had no idea existed until we were almost right next to it.
Ok, that’s not entirely true. If you’re going counter clockwise around Iceland you will see the mist coming off this waterfall from several miles away. That’s how powerful it is, we just somehow missed hearing about this one before we stumbled upon it. I could swear that we stopped at some point before Godafoss to get some shots of the landscape, but my camera reel is telling me otherwise. However, it’s no surprise that the landscape on the approach to Godafoss is just as stunning as the rest of Iceland.
I’m not going to say that we ever got jaded by the amount of random waterfalls that Iceland has to offer, but at this point in the trip we’d been counting every one that we passed for a couple of days and had already reached 25 or so. Godafoss was definitely one worth stopping for.
In all of our research on Iceland, I’m not sure how we missed this one and I’m certainly glad we didn’t miss it once we were on the road. It features rocky, mossy landscape that is honestly out-of-this-world and stunning cliffs that overlook the river gorge below. You’ll even find people in wet suits jumping from said cliffs while their friends with GoPros film from above.
One of the really great things about Godafoss was that there weren’t that many people here. This waterfall is along the Ring Road about 50 kilometers before you get to Akueryi, but not as many people make it all the way up north. It makes sense with just how much beautiful stuff there is to do in the southern half of Iceland, but definitely don’t write the north off or you’ll miss beautiful stuff like this.
I’m not sure exactly how much in the way of hiking there is out here, but there were a couple of little footpaths that led through the rocks and grassy areas and down to the river before it tumbles over the waterfall.
The landscape here is so surreal and beautiful. I really wish the cloud cover had been a bit thinner, but when it comes to Iceland, beggars can’t be choosers. At least it wasn’t raining.
I’ll be honest though, these aren’t my favorite pictures of Iceland. Once again, I wasn’t careful enough with my camera settings so didn’t get the silky waterfall like I wanted. I think I also rushed myself a bit and ended up taking a lot of shots that look similar instead of exploring more and getting some different angles.
Lesson learned though, or at least is still being learned. I’m getting better at getting a variety of shots and at being patient while shooting.