Þjófafoss, a waterfall that has been tamed

  • Þjófafoss, a waterfall that has been tamed
Oct 4 2015

There are so many waterfalls in Iceland that you could easily travel the whole country for a summer and only photograph waterfalls. You would never run out of motives as you can always find one more waterfall. Some of the waterfalls are well known and advertised. One of them is Þjófafoss or the "waterfall of thieves". Allegedly the waterfall got its name from the judiciary system in old Iceland, as thieves were thrown into the waterfall to finish their sentence. The waterfall is in the river Þjórsá south of the beautiful mountain Búrfell. The river is a tamed beast as the water flow is controlled and supervised by Landsvirkjun, the main producer electricity in Iceland. As a consequence sometimes the river dries up, and the mighty waterfall almost disappears. A bit strange, but would probably have been welcomed by some of the criminals who were thrown into the waterfall ages ago.