Fosshóll by Goðafoss

Fosshóll by Goðafoss

A guesthouse just by one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls. Goðafoss. Centrally located in North Iceland and just by the “Ring Road” (highway no 1), this guesthouse is midway between town Akureyri and lake Mývatn. All rooms en-suite. The guesthouse operates the restaurant Landsímastöð, with full service and bar, open for both lunch and dinner.  Campsite with good facilities. You can easily tour some of the best-known natural attractions in the area from Fosshóll. Open from 1 May to 1 October. 

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  • Private bathroom
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Meals available
  • Walking / Hiking trails

In the area

  • Goðafoss waterfall
  • Lake Mývatn 38 km
  • Whale watching in Húsavík town 46 km
  • Akureyri 50 km


15 rooms all with private bathroom, single, double and triple rooms. The rooms are located in separate buildings, but near the reception/restaurant. There is also a campsite with good facilities by the farm.


The on-site restaurant has a wonderful view over Goðafoss, and can accommodate up to 50 people. It’s open every day during summer, from early in the morning until 23:30. There is also a bar on site.

Service and recreation

There is a small shop, a petrol station, a handicraft market and posthouse at Fosshóll. You can also head to forest Vaglaskógur and enjoy hikes and the grand outdoors with your whole family (25 km / 15.5 mi). If you want to go riding, head to Saltvík (42 km / 26 mi). You can go fishing in many lakes close by (obtain permits from landowners). Head to village Húsavík for whale watching tours (46 km / 28.5 mi). The nearest swimming pools are by Stóru-Tjarnir (10 km / 6 mi) and Laugar in Reykjadalur (12 km / 7.5 mi). The nearest towns where you’ll find shops, supermarkets, museums and various services: Húsavík (46 km / 28.5 mi) and Akureyri (50 km / 31 mi).

Goðafoss – among the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland

Goðafoss waterfall in glacial river Skjálfandafljót is just a stone’s throw from Fosshóll. While the waterfall is only 15 metres high, it’s very wide and voluminous and counted among the more beautiful in Iceland, not least because of the awe-inspiring canyon below. They say that a chieftain that used to live close to the river threw his heathen statuettes into the river when Christianity was legalized in Iceland in the year 1000, which then gave name to the waterfall.

The rumbling waterfalls and mysterious pull of the highlands

Skjálfandafljót River flows through the valley Bárðardalur. Near it’s mouth, three more spectacular waterfalls are worth a visit, namely Ingvararfoss, Aldeyjarfoss and Hrafneyjarfoss. A road passes the valley’s outermost farm, Mýri (36 km / 22.5 mi), and onwards to the highlands. Walk along that same road to reach Aldeyjarfoss on foot (4 km / 2.5 mi), and a further 4 km to Hrafnabjargafoss. Those who have 4x4 vehicles can easily drive instead of walking, but you’ll enjoy the tranquillity much better on foot.

Whale watching, wonderful nature by Lake Mývatn, Dettifoss waterfall

Fosshóll is in valley Bárðardalur in Þingeyjarsveit county, where there is much to see and do. There’s a good district museum at Grenjaðarstaður (24 km / 15 mi), where you can walk through a proper Icelandic turf house. A whale watching tour from village Húsavík (46 km / 28.5 mi) is an unforgettable adventure. Lake Mývatn is 38 km (23.5 mi) from Fosshóll where you can walk among natural wonders such as the Dimmuborgir lava formations, Hverfjall, and the bubbling mud springs by Námafjall. Travel a further 32 km (20 mi) to reach waterfall Dettifoss, which you should absolutely do if you have time. Finally, relax at the Mývatn nature baths.

Host:  Þórhallur Hinriksson


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