Godafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods, originates deep in the Icelandic Highlands.
The first cascade falls 12 meters, over a span of 30 meters, and the cascades continue for quite a distance. There is an incredible volume of water moving here, and the sound, spray and color, are quite remarkable.
It is one of Iceland’s many spectacular waterfalls.
Godafoss can be accessed from the nearby town of Akureyri, which in turn is reachable by Iceland’s famed Ring Road.
Akureyri, like all Icelandic towns is charming, and boasts the northern-most botanical garden in the world,
where you can see many unusual and beautiful plants.
We are home at The Holler now, but it is still, cheers to you from stunning Iceland~
dropped by for the waterfalls – but the purple – oh wow some nature beauty all around
Aren’t those flowers amazing. They had purple stems!
simply amazing – and your clear pictures show so much detail
Thank you! Much appreciated.
Wow.. on my bucket list .. some day!!!
Oh so good! You will be glad you added it.
Stunning Iceland is right! Beautiful shots Cindy.
You would love it here Alison, and I would love to see your photos!
Beautiful Icelandic landscape and waterfall! I did not know that there were so many plants and flowers on Iceland.. Great Post, Cindy
It is a fascinating place that is full of surprises!
Beautiful photography as usual. Does it ice up in winter?
Yes it does and it must be simply incredible to see it.
Amazingly beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you more for your thoughtful appreciation!
Stunning! I thought the colors of the waterfall were amazing… then I saw the flowers. Gorgeous.
I know those flowers blew me away. Each cone is huge too, which I am not sure the photos reveal.
Very beautiful natural beauty🎉🌹
Yes indeed, Iceland is just gobsmacking natural beauty <3
You are lucky to capture this amazing beauty 🍫👍🎉
Thank you & cheers to you my friend <3
Beautiful. Autumnal, rock and tundra. From a distance I see kissing giants. Up close, not so much.
I had them in a photo, but took it out!
Amazing pictures Cindy and breathtaking view! I think one can point anywhere and shoot! 😀 Such an amazing place! Btw love the clarity of those closeup pictures!
Iceland in the fall is actually challenging to photograph. There is a lot of subtle monochromatic space with brooding skies. So beautiful, but hard to capture. I wasn’t using my zoom camera with the flowers, so I notice the difference. I couldn’t zoom as much as I wished. Thank you noticing and commenting.
These are incredible flowers, so nice!
Aren’t they amazing! I have never seen anything like them
They are cacti flowers and are really nice. They don’t last long and some are nocturnal bloomers only.
Oh yes I loved the waterfalls and we did visit 2 more which were so impressive. Iceland is certainly worth going and that even more than once.
I would definitely return if it weren’t so far away.
The aqua color of the water is beautiful!!
It is. Iceland has these incredibly blue glacial waters.
The photos are stunning!
You are very sweet <3
Fantastische Landschafts- und Bllumenbilder. Thank you…
Danke schoen mein lieber Ernst <3
these. are. amazing.
Awww. So grateful for lovely friends like you <3
Just when I think you can’t top previous posts, you come along and take my breath away. I would be very humble in such surroundings. xx
Humility in the face of nature’s majesty is the most wonderful feeling. Hugs to you sweet friend <3
I would love to surround myself with those photos. I might even move my Picasso, poster. ❤
Wow! You can almost feel the healing energy and purity of the waterfall and the flowers are wonderfully vibrant! A beautiful start to my day, Cindy!
Your lovely comment added to my day Annika <3
IcelNd is one of the earths most beautiful lands. I’ve only been there vicariously through your gorgeous photographs. Thank you Cindy 🌹
Thank you for your kindness my friend <3
Thanks, Cindy, for sharing these beautiful sights!
I am very pleased you enjoyed them & cheers to you!
THE COLOURS ARE FANTASTIC CINDY, THANKS FOR SHARING, CHINA
Thank you more for appreciating <3
Liebe Cindy, es ist wunderschön, wünsche uns einen sorgenfreien Tag
Vielen dank mein lieber Freund und Frohe Wochenende <3
Incredible photographs! I love learning of beauty in the world.
What a lovely comment! Thank you & cheers to you~
Wonderful shots, Cindy, I love them. 🙂
Thank you & I am so glad you do!
I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland. Such a dramatic landscape, vibrancy of colours, and it looks so clean. I must show these pics to Mister, who thinks that Iceland is always covered in snow and besieged by howling blizzards! We saw an Icelandic crime series on TV, where unfortunately it was just like that, which compounded his prejudice still further D:
July is quite mild in Iceland and would be a lovely time to visit. Late August and September are much cooler. I think Mr. Potter would love Iceland in July, as long as the volcanoes behave!
Marvelous photography! Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos with us!
Honored. Thank you so much.
I assumed it to be cool there but then I saw the stunning flowers. The flowers made me more curious— what are the average temperatures there this time of year??
The average high in September is 50F. All these flowers thrive in cold, but Iceland does have a relatively mild climate comparatively, aided by warm oceanic currents.
You should put together a book of your photography and your worldly travels!! Your photos are beautiful and your adventures are placed I’ll probably never get to experience.
Awww, so kind of you and so appreciated too. Thank you!
What a gift to the senses to experience this.
Yes. It overpowers us humans which is wonderful <3
Beautiful. The water at the falls looks like liquid turquoise. And those plants are so unusual, but so beautiful. Eye candy, indeed! 😀 <3
Thanks much Linda. Iceland is pristine and utterly unspoiled. <3
Such beautiful images, Cindy.
Don’t you just love that vivid aqua colour of the water. You can almost feel the chill and icy temps. of the water.
The flowers are lovely and most unusual – great shots 🙂
I so appreciate you taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment Amy. Cheers to you ~
Thank you, Cindy for taking us along. These are breathtaking scenes…
Awww, so kind and so very appreciated!
What a beautiful waterfall and landscape. Your passion for exploring nature shines through Cindy! Thanks. 🙂
Thank you for being such a good friend Brad.
I enjoyed this little visit. Thanks.
Thanks & I am glad you did.
Gorgeous series, Cindy!
Thank you very much Susan & cheers!
I’m behind. Your other post before this one is still open and I’m going back to it now. I’ve heard how beautiful it is and now I see. Stunning flowers and clear, clean water. If only we could bring that back here.
It was so strange to return to The Holler with scorching temperatures, suffering plants, and dry, dusty earth. It is a case of too much, and too little, which sadly seems to often be the nature of things.
I think Oregon is becoming the next California. We are getting dryer and hotter each summer. Iceland is sounding pretty good to me if I could just afford to live there. ;(
I know. The fires are branching out from California now. They are settling in, getting comfortable, in other places, even Europe. Ice and snow seem better don’t they, but Frost said he would rather die in fire than ice. Maybe this was just because he never experienced a SoCal wildfire. Still, if you’re not an Icelander, it would be tough there in winter, especially since it is tough for them, and they are experts at it. Norway might be a better option. Norway is so progressive and it thinks all it citizens should be well taken care of. Imagine that?
I love waterfalls (sad that the Midwest offers so few opportunities to see them!). And those purple flowers are stunning. Glad you’re safely back home, but I trust you have lots more beautiful photos to show us from your travels??!
I will endeavor to try, diligently, to not overload you with too many!
It looks fabulous here Cindy, thank you for sharing these beautiful images with us :o) xxx
Thank you more for such thoughtful appreciation.
Gorgeous and I can only imagine how the waterfall sounds. Flowers are so beautiful and the color of the water is amazing. The photographs even feel crisp.
You are the most lovely friend <3
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Thanks for sharing Cindy, the water falls are amazing and the flowers are lovely.
Thank you Leslie & I am very pleased you enjoyed them <3
I’ve never, ever seen water that shade of blue before. Is it glacial water?
Yes. It is glacial and it is moving with such force and volume. You often see volcanically heated glacial waters that are hot. The colors are amazing. Iceland is amazing.
Iceland looks amazing!
Looks are not deceiving. It is!
How beautiful! I love the bright colors against the darker landscape. 🙂
Yes, the contrast of the tundra with these glacial pure waters is beautiful.
Looks like a beautiful place to visit.
I highly recommend travel to Iceland.
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Those are the most stunning falls! Iceland is beautiful.
It is indeed stunning.
You made Egil Skalagrimson very proud today.
The Vikings are still living in Iceland. There influence is everywhere.
Seglarnir þínir verða fullar og hryggir þínar, öxl þín skarpur og óvinir þínir drukkna.
Sounds appropriately bleak! Those Vikings were tough people. Eg Skil Pig Mer Er Bara Alvet Sama. (I bought my son a t-shirt saying this!)
Looks like my type of paradise! I love waterfalls. Beautiful photos.
If you love waterfalls, you would love both Norway and Iceland. They are everywhere you look, in both gorgeous places.
I need to add to Bucket List!!!! 🙂
Please do! You will be happy you did & cheers to you.
Love the waterfalls, Cindy. They will definitely be on my itinerary if and when I visit Iceland. –Curt
I do hope you go. Check the status of the cranky volcano first though. I would love to see your photos.
OK, cranky volcano first. 🙂 From a distance depending on how cranky! –Curt
Exactly. It’s tea-kettling now!
Oh my goodness, so beautiful! 😀
Yes, indeed. Mother Nature doesn’t mess around with ho-hum!
I like the emerald color of water that flows through. It looks very lovely and cool to look at. Those flowers are indeed beautiful!
You always have a sensitive eye for the beauty in life. I admire this about you.
As always great pictures and since I do not have money to buy a camera I know, I said…. I know !you will buy me one so I can become a painter of the world through my lense.
I got to say that the flower? I don´t know it was weird, and the waterfall? That was actually the Niagara Falls and I know it because I saw a human being wich is me when I fell.
Laughing…..Love to hear from you Charly. I usually keep humans out of my photos. After all we have seen humans. But sometimes they are useful for scale. Letting us see the size of something in comparison to us, giving us an idea of our relative importance in the greater scheme of things. Keeps me humble. I like humble. It gives me little distance to fall. You would not fall into the falls Charly. You have already survived much worse.
Survive must worst?….I was in the circus, forgot almost, you said something about humans, I Will tell you humans annoy me, so I´ll go with the chimpazy and…. I knew you would laugh
Stay Frosty gentess.
Cheers to you always Charly!
Stunning waterfalls (and huge, thanks to the humans for scale). Such a wild and beautiful place. I would love to have seen the garden!
I have so many photos of the garden. There were plants I had definitely never seen before and they were so beautiful. You would love Iceland Eliza.
I’ve been told that before. It isn’t that far from the East Coast either. Perhaps another summer!
You will not regret it.
I love the colour of the water, where it is almost turquoise in the foaming areas.
So much water, pristine, moving at such great speed and volume, from these high uninhabited highlands. You can see the water level was low by looking at the sides of the gorge where the water lines are. You can see how the water carves out these huge caverns. I can only imagine it during the early summer melt.
And think of how long it takes to carve out those rocks.
Eons of patient time.
These are so beautiful, Cindy!
Iceland is an amazingly different and wonderful place to visit.
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Takk fyrir to a wonderful bloggers and friend. Cheers to you Charles!
What an amazing look at your journey to Iceland, Cindy. The full image of the cascade is stunning. <3
Awww, much appreciated! Thank you & cheers too~
I was there this spring, love the fall colours!
I bet spring was incredible!
So amazingly beautiful
Thank you. This perfectly describes Iceland <3
Iceland is stunning. I remember that greenish-blue water. Wonderful photos. 🙂
Gesundheit und Frohsinn möchte ich vermitteln
Gesundheit und Glück für dich, lieber Freund.
I love the beautiful and unusual plants. 🙂
Yes, I was taken by them too!
I certainly understand why it’s called waterfall of the gods!
Aptly named isn’t it!
We live in an amazing world. Thank you for capturing the beauty of this waterfalls.
Thank you for you always thoughtful words Rebecca & cheers my friend~
Truly stunning captures Cindy! Thank you for bringing Iceland to colorful life 💕
Thank you more Val, for such kind appreciation <3
The colour of the water is stunning. What an amazing place.
Yes. It is magnificent and so are the people.
Ahhh, my other half returned home from a cruise earlier this year with almost identical photos – if only I liked ships! So much beauty.
Godafoss was one of the more crowded places, along with Rajkovic. The seas do get stormy, so if ships aren’t your thing, it was probably a wise decision on your part.
Oh I think it was wise. Have to say, Brian’s photos included LOTS of people, and that isn’t my thing either, so although I’d love to see it in person, I think I’ll stick to admiring the photos.
You know yourself which is critical <3
Cindy!! This must be a piece of heaven, if not one of the most beautiful places on earth. My goodness, Iceland is a treasure. Your photos are magnificent.
Awwww, so thoughtful! Thank you & yes, Iceland is magnificent <3
You are most welcome, Cindy. I think Iceland is on my bucket list, thanks to you. 🙂
Cindy, you are like a waterfall, flowing, falling with beauty!
Thank you for these wonderful shots from Iceland! xoxo
You are a sweet, talented friend my friend <3
hab einen guten Tag
Thank you for this wonderful journey, Cindy! Unbelievable images with a great description. I reall get wanderlust visiting Iceland. Have a great weekend. Michael
Thank you for traveling with me Michael. After being home for about two months, the wanderlust hits me too!
Thank you very much Cindy, to let me do so. I fullly understand. 😉 Have a nice weekend. Michael
Stunning photos of waterfalls and flowers. I love Iceland but have not explored much beyond being at the airport in between flight connections. A university classmate of mine in Heidelberg, Germany was from Iceland. Great post!
Thank you! Heidelberg is special, and so is Iceland. Your classmate chose well!
Finland is on my bucket list too. Each country has much to offer culturally and linguistically. Studied Old Norse one semester in grad school and was hooked.
Finland is a gorgeous, clean and progressive country. Wonderful place to visit. Be sure to go to the coast as well as the forests.
I am also interested in observing schools which I understand are top notch. I am watching a program now in Finnish and love listening to the language. Thank you for the comment.
To me, education is key in life. I am grateful for an almost half century career teaching students of all ages German.
How wonderful! <3
Lovely water color and flowers too.
Just starting Autumn here – If we can get passed the rain!
Love to you Jules.
completely magical ! Hi Cindy or as they say in Iceland “Halló” . I think it seems so unspoiled here. Did you also hear that people who consider dating, first ‘bump’ phones and an APP will alarm if you’re related. LOL xK
No, no. I definitely never heard this. This is why I need to talk with you! <3
Well, I’m coming to California on Monday. Coffee? LOL! No really, I’ll be in Carmel Wed, Thurs and San Jose Fri to the following Wed. Is that anywhere near The Holler?
So I found this old CBC news story. Might even be when I first heard about this. The island has such a small population, that if your heritage is long in Iceland, it’s very possible that other singles you meet might be a relations. Here’s the story:
Hilarious! I bet it was more of a problem in the past when Iceland was even more isolated. I am in Southern Cal and you are going to Northern Cal where my daughter lives. However, depending on what is going on with her, I may actually be up there with her. I will save your email address. If I am there, I will email you. I would love to get together! <3
That would be fannntastic Cindy! My tn is 7809742742, feel free to text me if you are are able to hook up before Oct 10. We’re in Carmel this Wed, Thur and back to San Jose Friday. Pls delete this message after you get that tn down x K
Well, I have been here for three nights. The twin boys have arrived. One was in NICU for a bit, but all come home today. I basically forget to eat. I remember that I forgot at night, thinking, “Oh, I forgot to eat!” I highly recommend having your daughter have tiny, gorgeous, sweet, premature twins, as an aid in weightloss! I would so love to see you, but there is no possible way I can leave now. Hugs to you. Enjoy Carmel! She is not planning on having any more twins, so time next time your here, let’s keep our fingers crossed. <3
OMgosh! That is wonderful news Cindy! Congratulations 😀 <3 I hope all are doing well now and looking forward to arriving home. Grams need energy, so do remember to eat.
We enjoyed Carmel and my hubster went home today. I'm with Alys till Wednesday. My invite is always open ! xK
PS, I should find out what those exotic
purple things are. If they can grow in Iceland, they probably can grow here. Gorgeous!
Yes, please! Tell me when do!
Just incredible Cindy!!! 😍
Yes! Iceland incredible?
Spectacular. I really do need to get there. Is September the best time for it?
September is not the best time to go. You are going to encounter weather in September. I just like going places off season. But in Iceland this is not the best strategy. I would recommend July. The benefit of September is that a traffic jam is defined by encountering another car on the ring road maybe once or twice a day.
I don’t really have a bucket list, but after seeing your Iceland photos, maybe I’ll start one! The botanical garden was a lovely surprise; I wonder if they grow the fabled (and very difficult) Himalayan blue poppies there.
Interesting you should say this.
I notice poppies. Thinking things like, “Wow, here are the Icelandic Poppies I grow at The Holler, and love so much, that originate from here.”
So fragile, and so tough, to endlessly live in such a harsh environment.
Maybe both traits are related.
I didn’t see the Himalayan Blue, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t there, because there were so many flowers and plants in Iceland I had never seen before and couldn’t identify. I was just blown away by all of them.
I think you should go and investigate. I know you will find tons of amazing poppies, and maybe this one too.
Poppies are remarkable aren’t they.
My grandfather’s father was a poppy plantation owner in Bulgaria. My grandfather, who was an immigrant to America, became a federal judge, and his gardens were featured in Architectural Digest.
He grew everything except poppies.
I must have inherited the plant sense from his family tree.
But I do grow Icelandic Poppies.
I don’t know, actually, if my great grandfather, was an opium producer, or damn good gardener, or both.
The blue poppies bloom in late spring. But they do well in cool, damp climates. Scotland, for example, which is why I thought they might be grown in Iceland.
Iceland poppies! I should have thought of them; in fact, I did grow them a few times in my former garden. They are a remarkable genus that includes the whole range of colours and species that can be found almost anywhere.
Your family connections to plants are interesting; thanks for sharing!
hab einen schönen Herbsttag.
Glücklicher Herbst, lieber Freund.
Thank you for the wonderful impressions from Iceland!
Absolutely gorgeous images.
I have just been marveling at your blog, words & images, so the respect is quite mutual.
I am so glad to hear that. thank you.
Awe Iceland! The number one country I’d like to explore. I’ve been there once, but there was a terrible snowstorm, and no one was allowed to leave the airport for three days, then we were sent to Denmark.. I’m going back one day. Your photos are lovely! Thank you for sharing them.
Breathtaking! You are a true travel blogger in every sense of the word. Thank you for all those beautiful pictures. You inspire me to want to to travel.
You inspire me sweet person. I do, very much, hope you travel <3
My goodness…those photos are simply incredible, especially the colour of those purple flowers. I don’t think I’ve seen a purple quite that rich before.
This plant completely surprised me, so you are not alone!
It really is gorgeous. The colour is almost luminous.
They call Iceland the land of fire and ice. I would add amazing color!
Most definitely. We truly do live on the most amazing planet.
schönes Herbstwetter wünsche ich uns.
Ich wünsche das auch!
Truly gorgeous, both water flow and town!
Wow it is beautiful! What cause the spectacular blue color?
These are glacial waters, full of suspended silt. The silt is created when rocks underneath the surface of the glacier are grinding from the movement of the glacier. The rock flour that is created is very fine and light and stays suspended in the melting glacial water for a long time. The sunlight that reflects off this rock flour is what gives the water the spectacular turquoise blue color.
The power and sound of that waterfall must have been amazing to see in person.
I love the purple and white flowers.
Yes, you could hear the rumble long before you could see the roar!
wir haben Feiertag und dazu einen ganz Besonderen, aber es war und ist nicht für Alle gut, Klaus von der Müritz
Frohe Feiertage und meine besten Wünsche, mein Freund!
What gorgeous photos, Cindy! Iceland offers up so many surprises. Hugs.
Thanks my friend and Iceland is indeed the land of surprises!
Couldn’t imagine that Iceland was so beautiful, Cindy. Well captured and excellent photos too 🙂 Pawkisses for a Happy Wednesday 🐾😽💞
Thank you & hugs back to you and your fur kids!
Wow, Cindy! Stunning images…I am blown away…I had other friends who visited Iceland this year and also loved it, but their pictures pale in comparison!!
Awwww, so kind of you, and so appreciated too!
That’s it, I have to go to Iceland someday!
Yay! You will be so glad when you do!
I believe you 🙂
Tan hermoso Gracias y cheera tambie!
Blazing beauty, my friend!
Thanks Robert & cheers to you my friend!
Gorgeous, as always! Love the purple flowers and the white one too.
Thanks much Cynthia. They are striking and unusual aren’t they!
I love, love, love this entry. Spectacular photos. <3
Awww, thanks so much Nancy & all the best to you my friend <3
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Wow! Thanks for adding some beauty to my Sunday. These are gorgeous.
Wonderful shots of a wonderful country, Cindy!
We need to learn be as kind to each other, and to the earth, as the earth is to us <3
Stunning is Iceland.
It is a treat to see your travels Cindy! Thanks
Awwww, I am so glad you travel with me Lyn.
Bonjour ou Bonsoir
Un chant d’amitié me disait
D’aller te fredonner son air
Chemin faisant, je l’ai écouté
Et je suis venu te le chanter
Ce qui n’était au départ qu’un chant
Il s’est transformé en mélodie
Grâce a toi et ton Amitié merci
Je te souhaite une bonne soirée et douce nuit
Ou une belle journée
Dans le bonheur et tendresse
gros bisous, BERNARD
Merci beaucoup mon ami.
Wow, just spectacular!
Awww, so nice & so appreciated!
really impressive…and wonderful pics
Honored. Thank you & cheers to you~
yes, it is really something😍
Thank you for showing me beauty of a world I knew nothing about. Many of those rocks show their age, millennia beaten by weather. As I feel occasionally when waking up.
You made me laugh! What a wonderful comment! I sometimes feel the ages too, especially when I sit cross-legged on the floor, like I did all the time when I was a younger, but now have to sort of grab something, so as not to embarrass myself. All the best to you.
I’ve never been to Iceland and that waterfall just Wow!!
Iceland is a very, “Just WOW!” kinda place.
Magnificent photos! I was just thinking about the puffins in Iceland and here I am checking out your wonderful photos. <3
We missed the puffins by about a week!
Bonjour mon Ami Amie CINDY
C’est l’heure pour moi de passer
Dans ton bel univers déposer un petit
Commentaire d’amitié te dire que
Si chacune de mes pensées
Se transformeraient en fleurs
Chaque jour un bouquet
Viendrait embellir ta demeure
C’ est toute la douceur de leurs parfums
Que je t’envoie!!!!
Une agréable journée ou soirée
Gros bisous. Bernard
Merci beaucoup mon ami!
“La vie est un beau voyage” when we want to open our eyes and ears to the beauty the Divine Creator has given to mankind.
Thank you very much for sharing the beauty of the places we are not able to visit. They allow us also to see the wonders of nature and to appreciate more what we have around us.
Like your holiday came to an end, ours also. Thanks to photo’s, we later can call back the memories easier. Let us remember all those adventurous days and relive them in our dreams and memories.
Thank you for your kindness and, yes, wonderful memories are treasures that help us through life. I am happy you are making many of them. Be well my friend & God Bless.
spotted this again….wow. just wow! and glad you shared. sentence fragment 😉
I love typos, sentence fragments, made up words, punctuation errors, and all other sorts of “creative writing!” Cheers to you and your lizzie friends <3
You are too kind:) I shall not let you down. Hugs from afar
Can’t believe the colors…and the water.
Ms. Cindy, these are beautiful pictures with good information, thank you for taking of your time to post them for the rest of us to get to see them. I am going to reblog them for you.
Ahhhh, so thoughtful of you! Thank you & cheers too~
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All the best to you my amazing friend.
O God! They’re so beautiful!❤️ Thanks for sharing!
Thank you more for your very kind appreciation.
Oh my, Cindy – thank you for giving glimpses of the world through your camera. As always, I feel like I’ve had a little vacation myself after visiting your beautiful blog. Enjoy the new day! 🙂
What a kind and thoughtful comment. Thank you! I do believe we all sorely need positive imagery these days, as we are so constantly inundated with negativity.
You and I are definitely of one mind there. Thanks for visiting, Cindy! 🙂
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Thank you & Happy New Year!