Iceland // Mývatn and the northeast //

Fosshól and Goðafoss

Around halfway between Mývatn and Akureyri along the Ringroad, tiny FOSSHÓLL comprises little more than a couple of houses and a fuel pump, and marks where the Sprengisandur route emerges from Iceland’s interior, and warrants a stop to see where the ice-blue Skjálfandafljöt river (which originates way down south at Vatnajökull) tears through horseshoe-shaped basalt canyons in a pair of powerful cataracts. The largest of these, Goðafoss (waterfall of the gods), is where Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði – the lawspeaker who decided that Christianity should be Iceland’s official religion at the historic Alþing in 1000 – destroyed his pagan statues by pushing them over the falls.