The Goðafoss waterfall is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters.
In the year 1000 the Lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði made Christianity the official religion of Iceland. After his conversion Þorgeir threw his statues of the Norse gods into the waterfall. (http://www.northiceland.is/en/other/place/godafoss-waterfall)
Iceland is famous for its awesome dairy products. We love their cheese! Icelanders consume lots of whole milk.
Iceland’s greatest food invention is a yogurt-like product called skyr. It tastes like a mix of yogurt and cream cheese. In supermarkets you can find all sorts of varieties with fruit or, our favourite, with tiny pieces of chocolate.
An interesting fact about Iceland:
when you travel around Iceland you see sheep everywhere and you wonder if they have an owner. This information explains how sheep are found and brought back to their owners. We found out about it from Sofia, a young hitchhiker from Belarus who traveled with us on Saturday.
During the month of September both Icelanders and fair number of tourists head-off to the countryside to take part in Réttir – the annual sheep round-up. This activity is one of the country’s oldest cultural traditions where Icelandic sheep farmers invite family, friends and anyone who’s interested, to help out with rounding –up the sheep from their summer grazing period in the mountains and valleys.
It involves lots of walking and/or horse riding, followed by a night of celebration, with some traditional singing and dancing at the local ‘round-up shindig’ or ‘Réttaball’. (http://www.visitreykjavik.is/rettir-annual-sheep-round)