As you get closer to the Central Highlands of Iceland, North of Hekla, between road 26 and road 32 flow several waterfalls. I had the chance to discover 2 of them: the double branched Hjalparfoss and the purple Thjofafoss. Both are stunning and deserve a stop if you drive by.
Those 2 waterfalls located close to the Central Highlands are less-known than many other Icelandic falls (check out my list of 21 major waterfalls in Iceland). Around them you can find other waterfalls which I could not visit: Háifoss and Tangafoss
Attention: although 5km apart via the river, the drive between them is way longer.
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INFO AND TIPS ABOUT HJALPARFOSS
Hjálparfoss, whose name means Helping Falls, is one of several waterfalls north of Hekla where the rivers Fossá and Þjórsá join. This easy accessed one is special due to its double branch flowing into a large pool and surrounded by interesting lava shapes.
I found the location very relaxing with some flowers and bushes sourrounding the pool. I stopped and admired the strange shapes of the lava on all sides. There is also a big rock facing the falls that some climb to get another perspective.
HJALPARFOSS IN PICTURES
The pictures below highlight the easy path to the pool and some close-up of the lava formations. Everybody rushed to get closer but personnaly I prefered the view from the parking area.
INFO AND TIPS ABOUT THJOFAFOSS
Þjófafoss (Thjofafoss), whose name means Thieves fall, is another waterfall on the river Thjorsa. Its shape is not very original as it is a simple curtain but the surroundings makes it interesting. Mt Burfell is just behind and really stand out in the flat landscape. But my favorite particularities was the abondance of purple lava rocks around it. This is something I have not seen in another Icelandic waterfall.
Note that this waterfall might not be flowing all year round.
THJOFAFOSS IN PICTURES
Below are 2 shots of Thjofafoss. The first one features Mount Burfell, a table volcano which is 669m high. And on the second one, you can really notice that the rocks around it are purple.
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