Goðafoss

North, Iceland
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“Waterfall of the Gods” is the rough translation of the name Goðafoss, which is located between Akureyri and Lake Mývatn in North Iceland. This stunning waterfall cascades down 12 metres and is 30 metres wide. The beauty of Goðafoss lies in its location, nestled in the cliffs, an almost perfect crescent moon-shaped basin, surrounded by rugged and graphical cliffs with interesting rock formations. The astounding volume of water flows majestically, like a curtain, into a vast and serene pool below and down various rapids further down the river. There is an old bridge across the ravine near the parking lot that gives a rustic feel to the location. During winter, the waterfall partially freezes over, transforming the scene into a real winter wonderland. It is easy to capture the raw power and beauty of this location due to its varied viewpoints and easy access.

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Accessibility

The location is on route number 1. There are three ways to view the waterfall. From the left side, you are able to get really close to the waterfall up an 850-metre-long path where you could, with permission, drive 4-wheelers. From there, a short ladder down a little rocky cove takes you to the level of the pool in front. From the right side, you can reach another viewpoint of the falls by walking 150 meters from the parking lot. There is also a small lot that could be used as a tech base. All in all, a perfect access for film equipment.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

Nearest hospital is in Akureyri, 35 kilometres away. Around this area, there are a few small towns, Airbnbs and guesthouses. Within 40 kilometres radius, there are convenience stores, a gas station, restaurants and more hotels and other services.
Accommodation
< 30 km
Gas station
< 1 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 50 km
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 1 km
Shopping
< 50 km

Permits

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This area needs a two-way permit, which a production service company can get for you.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit

Basecamp and facilities

There are three large parking lots around this location. There is a visitor centre and a gas station at the base of the waterfall hike. The restaurant can be rented as a production office or as other production facilities. Phone coverage is excellent.

Risk factors

Constant mist and spray from the waterfall can cause slippery surfaces by the waterfall itself. The river has strong currents, so swimming or diving next to waterfall should be done and planned with professionals or not at all.

Visitors

The area is on the Diamond Circle, hugely popular with tourists

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