Trollafoss

Mossfell, Capital Region, Iceland

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1.5
The best view of Tröllafoss that I could get

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INTRODUCTION

Trollafoss (Tröllafoss; I think is pronounced "TRUHT-luh-foss") was an exercise in frustration as far as I was concerned. I only managed to get partial views of the falls as I couldn't figure out how to safely attain a more frontal view of it. Even though this waterfall had signposts leading to its general area, I couldn't find a way to get a better view from its base except for a steep scramble that looked too dangerous.

As for the walk itself, once we made an executive decision to stop the car (we didn't see any signs indicating where we should stop before the road got really rough; see directions below), I then had to follow the rough 4wd path on foot. The whole time I was walking on the 4wd path, I was listening for the falls. Then, when I finally heard it, I left the 4wd road and eventually found some primitive trail that ultimately descended towards a gully. However, that was where I stopped because the gully was very steep with dropoffs where I couldn't see the bottom, and I wasn't about to tempt fate.

I suppose had we had a little more time, we might have been able to arrange with the nearby landowners a horse ride and scramble to get to Trollafoss. I've seen it done in the literature. It just wasn't meant to be during our visit.

In hindsight, it might be conceivable that I should have kept walking on the 4wd path as there might have been a more feasible way to access the base. Then again, who knows? I'm just speculating at this point.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Just to the east of Trollafoss was the impressive Þórufoss on the Laxa i Kjos RiverJust to the east of Trollafoss was the impressive Þórufoss on the Laxa i Kjos River
Further to the east of Trollafoss was Þingvellir, which was a historically important spot. Shown here was apparently one of the drowning pools where outlaws (or women?) were put to deathFurther to the east of Trollafoss was Þingvellir, which was a historically important spot. Shown here was apparently one of the drowning pools where outlaws (or women?) were put to death
Trollafoss was pretty close to Reykjavik, and could very well have been the closest waterfall to the city (or as close to as city as Iceland has) that we managed to visit in 2007Trollafoss was pretty close to Reykjavik, and could very well have been the closest waterfall to the city (or as close to as city as Iceland has) that we managed to visit in 2007
Signposts for Tröllafoss and the Leirvogsá River.  I knew I wasn't crazy when I thought we were going the right way!Signposts for Tröllafoss and the Leirvogsá River. I knew I wasn't crazy when I thought we were going the right way!

We stopped the car by this poleWe stopped the car by this pole

This scramble may look doable, but there was a sizable dropoff you don't see in this shotThis scramble may look doable, but there was a sizable dropoff you don't see in this shot


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Þórufoss, we drove south on the Route 48 for about 5.5km. Then at the Route 48/36 junction, we turned right and followed Route 36 for about 10km. We then saw a sign and turned right onto an unsealed road (Hrafnholavegur). We continued following signs until we eventually stopped noticing them. I think it turned out that we went 1.5km north on the unsealed Hrafnholavegur towards a turnoff on the right onto an unnamed unpaved road. We then drove as far as 1.5km east on that unnamed unpaved road before the road got too rough (and undermined our confidence that we could proceed any further by car).

Again, I have to reiterate that the last part of the directions on the unsealed road was sketchy because we ourselves couldn't figure out how to get closer to the falls.

Coming from Reykjavik, we would drive 1.4km east out of the city to the Ring Road (Route 1), then go north to the Route 36, leaving the Ring Road and turning right. We wouuld then continue on Route 36 to the aforementioned Hrafnholavegur on the left (17km from where we entered the Ring Road near Reykjavik), then tried to find the falls before the road got too rough. Overall, this drive would take about 30 minutes to go the 21km.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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