Icelandic Waterfalls

Traveling to Iceland you should know that tap water is safe to drink in Iceland and it is one of the countries with cleanest water in the world. This wonderful asset of Iceland produces a multitude of fun and exciting things to do in Iceland. Water in Iceland is harnessed in many environmentally friendly ways, Icelands hydroelectric power plants power amost all the country, geothermal water heats the houses and swimming pools and tap water is safe and clean. In addition to this water in Iceland is a central theme in many of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland.

Icelands location on the globe produces a climate of frequent rain and snow, in addition it’s near-Arctic location that produces large glaciers, whose summer melts feed many rivers such as Hvita which is popular for river rafting.
Another well known waterfall in Icleand is Goðafoss (Icelandic: waterfall of the gods or waterfall of the goði) is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. It is located in the Mývatn district of North-Central Iceland at the beginning of the Sprengisandur highland road. The water of the river Skjalfandafljot falls from a height of 12 meters over a ledge the width of 30 meters. The name has historical and cultural connections dating back to the turn of the first millennium when Icelanders became Christian. At Althing, the Icelandic parliment, in the year 1000 the so called Lawspeaker, Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði, made Christianity the official religion of Iceland after deliberating for three days and nights. After his conversion it is said that upon returning from the Althingi, Þorgeir threw his idols of the Norse gods he and his family previously adored into the waterfall thus giving it the name Godafoss. Þorgeir’s story is preserved in Ari Þorgilsson’s Íslendingabók written in the twelth century.
If you take a drive around Iceland or even if you just step out of the capital citly of Reykjavik you will see some amazing natural waterfalls. You don’t have to go far. If you rent a car or travel with a guide along the ring road be sure to ask about Seljalandsfoss.
Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls of Iceland. It is very picturesque and therefore its photo can be found in many books and calendars. Seljalandsfoss is situated in between Selfoss and Skógafoss at the road crossing of Route 1 (the Ring Road) with the track going into Þórsmörk.
This waterfall of the river Seljalandsá drops 60 metres (200 ft) over the cliffs of the former coastline. It is possible to go behind the waterfall on a trail that is surprisingly easy to navigate and that in itself is a minature Icelandic adventure available to anyone who dares.