Goðafoss (Waterfall of the Gods) is among Iceland’s larger waterfalls and also is very beautiful. Goðafoss is closely connected with one of the most important event in Icelandic history, the conversion to Christianity from heathendom or “the old custom” in the year 1000.
At that time Þorgeir Þorkelsson, chieftain from nearby Ljósavatn was
lawspeaker in Iceland. As such he was faced with the task of settling
the growing disputes between Christians and those who worshipped the
old Nordic gods. Despite being a heathen priest himself, he decided that
all of Iceland should be Christian, as is famously recorded in the
Sagas. Legend has it that, once he returned back to Ljósavatn from this
historic Alþingi, he dispensed of his heathen gods by throwing them into
the falls in a symbolic act of the conversion. This, according to the
legend, is how Goðafoss got its name.