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Transatlantic — Iceland; Goðafoss


Goðafoss (Godafoss — Waterfall of the Gods)

After spending two days in Reykjavik it was time for Vision of the Seas to move on to our next Iceland destination. So, on the morning of August 30, 2017, Vision of the Seas sailed into Eyjafjörður (Anglicized as Eyjafjordur — “Island Fjord”) and docked at the fifth largest Icelandic municipality, Akureyri. From here we had another tour planned, and on this tour we would take this route:

Tour route out of Akureyri, Iceland

This route would take us to see the following sights, many of which we’ll cover over the next three weeks:

Akureyri Tour Itinerary

And leading that itinerary is today’s destination, Goðafoss (anglicized as Godafoss). Goðafoss translates to ‘Waterfall of the Gods’, and it is indeed a truly magnificent waterfall.

Goðafoss (Godafoss — Waterfall of the Gods)

This waterfall is fed by the Skjálfandafljót River, which is fed by glacial runoff.

Skjálfandafljót River

Skjálfandafljót River

The terrain surrounding Skjálfandafljót and Goðafoss appears quite desolate, but uniquely photo-worthy:

The terrain near Goðafoss

Now for more information on Goðafoss itself. This beautiful waterfall is nearly 100 feet/30 meters wide, and the water drops almost 40 feet/12 meters.

Goðafoss (Godafoss — Waterfall of the Gods)

Goðafoss (Godafoss — Waterfall of the Gods)

Seen from a slight distance, the whole waterfall appears as this:

Goðafoss (Godafoss — Waterfall of the Gods)

Stepping even farther downstream you’ll find yet another cascade with Goðafoss is the background:

Goðafoss (Godafoss — Waterfall of the Gods)

As with any really good waterfall, Goðafoss has mist rising into the air. And if the sun is angled behind you be prepared to snap an image of a rainbow forming in that mist:

Goðafoss rainbow

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Fun Photo Friday — Iceland; Golden Circle Favorites, Thingvellir


Walking the Almannagjá

A last look at Thingvellir before we move on next week to Akureyri and travel into the Icelandic countryside:

Rift Valley Clouds

Nature’s Legos

Almannagjá

Sentinels

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Transatlantic — Iceland Golden Circle; Thingvellir


Ursula at Thingvellir

The geology here in Thingvellir National Park is simply amazing. Igneous rock is in evidence everywhere, as you would expect in the rift valley of an active volcanic region.

Thingvellir igneous rock

But it’s the sheer cliffs lining the Almannagjá fault gorge which I found most fascinating.

Almannagjá Fault Gorge

Almannagjá Fault Gorge

This next image is of the nearby, very quaint Thingvellir Church:

Thingvellir Church

But let’s return to looking at the Almannagjá fault and it’s vegetation:

Thingvellir igneous rock

Almannagjá Fault Gorge

For some really fascinating reading on the geology of this area, see Geology and tectonics of Þingvellir.

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