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Kayaking glacial river falls in Iceland

Godafoss waterfalls seen from far away on a hot summers days in Iceland. PIC rwhgould

Godafoss waterfalls seen from far away on a hot summers days in Iceland. PIC rwhgould

You may or may not know about Godafoss waterfall in the Northeast of Iceland. The name translates as Waterfalls of the Gods and the falls certainly belong in the top ten list of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Their history is also quite interesting as you can verify here.

Uplifting sight if there ever was one

The falls take most people arriving from the west by surprise. The Ring Road, which most folks take around this country, lies just a few meters away but it is not until you are right next to the site that you realize there is something stunning making all that noise. But it is those coming from the east that get the best view, if fog is not in the way. From Myvatn to here you drive upon a small rather borgin and lifeless moor and as you start driving down again Godafoss should become visible in all its glory. Uplifting sight if there ever was one.

The falls are pretty impressive and especially if close. They are powerful enough to create a non-stop roar which heightens the experience quite a bit.

However, diving down those 30 meter high cliffs making up the falls on kayaks is very rarely attempted. But a few people did witness just such stunts from two individuals  a few days ago. Quite a feat if altogether illegal. Press the pic to start the video.

 

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