“Waterfall of the gods”. There’s a story, though dating back only to 19th century Denmark, that around 1000 CE Iceland’s chief lawmaker threw his statues of Norse gods into the falls as a sign that he was accepting the new Christian religion and signalling other chiefs to do so.

Some historians have suggested the name really comes from nearby stone formations that resemble gods or idols. It wouldn’t be the only waterfall in Iceland to be watched over by supernatural beings.

12 May 2019

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