Thjofafoss

Burfell / Þjórsadalur, South Region, Iceland

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1
Þjófafoss with Mt Burfell

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INTRODUCTION

Thjofafoss (or more accurately Þjófafoss; pronounced "THYOH-fuh-foss", meaning "thieves falls") was a wide and milky waterfall on the Þjórsá River beneath Mt Burfell. Even though this waterfall wasn't tall, we thought its width, power, and juxtaposition with Mt Burfell was what made this a very interesting waterfall to photograph and admire.

Apparently, the falls got its name because thieves were drowned here for their crimes. I also learned that a hydroelectric plant further upstream had made this waterfall pretty much only viewable when snowmelt was at its maximum in the early Summer. Apparently that was the case during our visit as you can see from the photos on this page.

For all intents and purposes, this was essentially a roadside waterfall, but the side road to get here was a bit rougher than we had expected (see directions below).




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Here's a more direct look at the turbulent ÞjófafossHere's a more direct look at the turbulent Þjófafoss
While driving up through Þjórsadalur, we saw this line of Icelandic horses trotting through the barren valleyWhile driving up through Þjórsadalur, we saw this line of Icelandic horses trotting through the barren valley
Þjórsadalur Valley actually provided a more drivable route to Landmannalaugur than from the south near KlausturÞjórsadalur Valley actually provided a more drivable route to Landmannalaugur than from the south near Klaustur
Þjórsadalur Valley also provided us access to the impressive Haifoss Waterfall, which was one of the most beautiful spots (in our opinion) in IcelandÞjórsadalur Valley also provided us access to the impressive Haifoss Waterfall, which was one of the most beautiful spots (in our opinion) in Iceland
We saw this gate denoting the start of some 4wd road where we parked the carWe saw this gate denoting the start of some 4wd road where we parked the car

Looking downstream at the terrain beyond ÞjófafossLooking downstream at the terrain beyond Þjófafoss

Julie headed back to the car amidst some desolate terrainJulie headed back to the car amidst some desolate terrain

When we left Þjófafoss, while driving the Road 26, we spotted these Icelandic horses trotting along the Þjórsá RiverWhen we left Þjófafoss, while driving the Road 26, we spotted these Icelandic horses trotting along the Þjórsá River

Near the place we spotted the Icelandic horses, we found ourselves above the Trollkonufoss (I think it means Troll Woman Falls or Troll's Wife Falls).  Unfortunately, tall fences were erected along the road and we couldn't get a clean view of itNear the place we spotted the Icelandic horses, we found ourselves above the Trollkonufoss (I think it means Troll Woman Falls or Troll's Wife Falls). Unfortunately, tall fences were erected along the road and we couldn't get a clean view of it. Note this is not the same waterfall as the one in West Iceland, which we didn't visit.


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Right to left sweep of the falls and Mt Burfell ending well downstream of the falls and mountain


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Getting here required a somewhat short 4km detour on a black-sand road. However, that short detour felt like it was probably more suited for high clearance 4wd vehicles than 2wd low clearance passenger vehicles. This detour branched from Route 26 about 18km south of the Route 26 and Route 32 junction in Þjórsadalur.

Coming up the Route 26 from the Ring Road, it's about 44km northeast to the turnoff for the falls, which would then leave the road 26 on the left. The Route 26 leaves the Ring Road at about 7km from the bridge over the Þjórsá River at Hella, or it's about 27km east of Selfoss. Selfoss was about 52km (45 minutes drive) east of Reykjavik.




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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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