Gošafoss Waterfall (What To See - North East)

Gošafoss Waterfall (What To See - North East)

Gošafoss History

Gošafoss Waterfall is an impressive waterfall by the main highway, about 35 kilometers to the east of Akureyri in north Iceland. At Gošafoss waterfall, a historical event took place in the year 1000 when Icelanders converted to Christianity from believes in Norse pagan gods. The story goes that a so-called law speaker, named Žorgeir Žorkelsson or Žorgeir Ljósvetningagoši as he was also called, at the time of the conversion, disposed of his pagan god idols by throwing them into the waterfall—thus the name, Gošafoss, which means the "waterfall of the gods". The Law Speaker was one of many chieftains in the country who was elected by the Icelandic Parliament Alžingi and was the most powerful person in the country. His role was to decide whether the Icelanders were to convert to Christianity or not. His decision was to convert to Christianity, and throwing his pagan gods into the river, was a symbolic act of his decision.

River Skjįlfandafljót

The waterfall, in the river Skjįlfandafljót which flows about 180 kilometers from the Vatnajökull Glacier and through the Bįršardalur Valley is about 30 meters in width and falls from a height of 12 meters. Located just a stone’s throw from the highway, close to the junction of the main highway number 1 and the Sprengisandur Route, makes it a very accessible place of interest. To get even closer, there is a parking lot and a walkway that will take you even closer, from where you can hear the awesome power of the waterfall. Gošafoss waterfall is a part of the so called Diamond Circle which is a circuit in north Iceland of about 250 kilometers, including many of the most impressing attractions of the North. For those staying in Akureyri and planning on doing the Diamond Circle, Gošafoss waterfall is the first stop of interest on the popular circuit.

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