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Iceland Þjófafoss and Búrfell volcano

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If you are anywhere near the Golden Circle, South Iceland, or heading interior, this waterfall is well worth the detour!

Þjófafoss is a breathtaking waterfall on the Þjórsá river in the middle of the Merkurhraun lava field. Situated with mount Búrfell in the background, this is an incredibly picturesque place to visit!

Þjófafoss means “thieves falls” because, as the legend has it, thieves were taken here and drowned for their crimes.

Note that due to the dam upper on the river, there might be no water here (mostly in winter)

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Travel Information

You have to come with a car. Gravel road. Upstream, you'll find another waterfall (approx 300 meters perhaps a little bit more).
Crowd Factor Just a few people
Best Timing Sunrise & sunset during summer
Sunrise & Sunset 10:31 - 16:28 | current local time: 03:57
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