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.

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).


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

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