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Þjófafoss & Tröllkonuhlaup

These two waterfalls resembled rapids when there was a great deal of water in the Þjórsá River east of Mt. Búrfell, but after the Búrfell power plant was opened little water has run in the old channel. Þjófafoss(Thófafoss or Thieves’ Waterfall) is said to have been named because of the thieves that were drowned there. Tröllkonuhlaup (Trollwoman Leap) lay between several rocks that stood up from the river like stepping stones. The name of the falls comes from the folk tale about a certain Gissur which recounts that the trollwoman who lived in Mt. Búrfell had thrown the rocks out into the river so that she could walk across dry-shod to visit her sister in Bjólfell.