Þjófafoss, Iceland
August 10, 2014

This is the ninth of twenty locations in Southern Iceland that are in my forthcoming guide "A Landscape Photographer's Tour of Southern Iceland" and this series of blog posts are to whet your appetite for Iceland as a photographic destination. The guide provides the same kinds of information my UK guides provide, including maps, 360 degree interactive panoramic photographs, directions, and more.

Þjófafoss is in South West Iceland close to the highlands, on the East side of the Merkurhraun lava fields. It's name means Thieves Falls and is said to be called this because thieves were drowned there for their crimes.

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The waterfall lies along the Þjórsá river. The flow of water over the falls has considerably diminished since the building of the Búrfellsvirkjun hydroelectric plant upstream. The plant os one of the largest in Iceland and produces 270MW of electricity.

To the North of the river Þjórsá and visible behind the falls is the 669m high table volcano Mt Búrfell. Much of the Búrfellsvirkjun hydroelectric plant is actually located inside the mountain.

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