Thjorsardalur, South Region (Suðurland), Iceland

About Thjofafoss

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2007-07-08
Date last visited: 2007-07-08

Waterfall Latitude: 64.05669
Waterfall Longitude: -19.86632

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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.

Thjofafoss_016_07082007 - Þjófafoss

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).


Thjofafoss resides in the South Region near Selfoss, Iceland. It is administered by the municipality of Rangárþing ytra. For information or inquiries about the general area as well as current conditions, you may want to try visiting their website.

Thjofafoss_022_07082007 - We saw this gate denoting the start of some 4wd road where we parked the car
Thjofafoss_019_07082007 - Looking downstream at the terrain beyond Þjófafoss
Thjofafoss_001_jx_07082007 - Looking over the brink of Thjofafoss with Burfell in the background
Thjofafoss_003_jx_07082007 - Focused on the turbulent and wide brink of Thjofafoss
Road_26_003_07082007 - When we left Þjófafoss, while driving the Road 26, we spotted these Icelandic horses trotting along the Þjórsá River
Road_26_011_07082007 - 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 it. Note this is not the same waterfall as the one in West Iceland, which we didn't get a chance to visit

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.

Thjofafoss_021_07082007 - Context of the desolate terrain where we parked the car near Þjófafoss
Context of the desolate terrain where we parked the car near Þjófafoss

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

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Tagged with: thjorsardalur, thjorsadalur, interior, highlands, hrauneyjar, hella, selfoss, hvolsvollur, thjorsa, south region, southern iceland, sudurland, waterfall, burfell, thief, thieves

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