Godafoss, Iceland

Photograph by Orsolya and Erlend Haarberg

A glacial torrent pours over a 40-foot-high ledge at Gođafoss, "waterfall of the gods." After the Icelandic assembly adopted Christianity in 1000, its leader threw his pagan idols into the falls. The mossy island, notes geographer Guđrún Gísladóttir, "is protected from sheep."

See more pictures from the May 2012 feature story, "Iceland’s Resilient Beauty."

What Made This a Photo of the Day

One of the criteria for a Photo of the Day is whether it is an image that you want to spend time with. The crisp green of the island against the smooth expanse of flowing water is so beautiful you are in awe that this scene truly exists.  —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor

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