You do not have to go removed from Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital metropolis, to go to stunning waterfalls. One such waterfall is hidden away in Mosfellsdalur valley in SW-Iceland and is principally visited by us locals. It’s a hidden gem.
This waterfall is named Tröllafoss or Trolls’ Falls and is situated in Leirvogsá river.
High picture: Tröllafoss waterfall
The gravel highway resulting in Tröllafoss waterfall
Tröllafoss waterfall is near Skeggjastaðir farm. To seek out it you flip proper on a path earlier than you attain that farm. There are two parking areas, one for 2WD, the place you possibly can go away your automotive and comply with the highway. It’s a bit far in my view, however I noticed 3 vehicles parked on the higher car parking zone.
We drove down the bumpy gravel highway to the decrease car parking zone, the place I pleaded with my husband to go away the automotive and hike the remainder of the way in which, however he needed to drive all the way in which to the falls on a really unhealthy highway.
Mountaineering to Tröllafoss waterfall on the slim path
I needed to see the gorge, so I left the automotive and hiked above the gorge and into the gorge whereas he drove nearer to Tröllafoss.
I adopted fairly a slim gravel footpath. In a single place I assumed it was means too slim, so I held on to some rocks. However then I’m not identified to be the bravest of hikers once I hike by gorges 😉 Additionally the heavy cameras I’m all the time carrying weigh me down.
Mountaineering to Tröllafoss – a lovely gorge
The gorge is totally superb, so ruggedly stunning, and I spent appreciable time taking images of the trolls within the gorge. Tröllafoss should get its title from all these trolls.
The gorge jogged my memory a little bit of Kolugljúfur canyon in North-Iceland:
Mountaineering to Tröllafoss
Within the distance, I noticed that my husband was standing on a protruding rock trying down on the waterfall. I could not see it from the trail as a giant rock was blocking it.
There may be solely a partial view of Tröllafoss from this aspect (the south aspect), so we walked a bit additional and selected fording the shallow river to get a greater view of the waterfall.
The Tröllafoss signal
I’ve seen some confusion about this waterfall being situated in Grímsá river, however there is one other waterfall known as Tröllafossar by Fossatún in Borgarfjörður in West-Iceland. You’ll be able to see that waterfall and the trolls at Fossatún in my travel-blog:
Leirvogsá river originates in Lake Leirvogsvatn and is an excellent and widespread two-rod salmon and sea-trout river. It’s 12 km lengthy, however the fish can solely swim some 8 km up the river as there they meet the impassible Tröllafoss waterfall.
Admiring Tröllafoss waterfall
A number of locals have been visiting Tröllafoss, and certainly one of them was even dipping into the small lagoon under the waterfall for a photograph shoot. And plenty of have been fording the river from under Tröllafoss.
As I instructed you earlier then Tröllafoss may be very widespread amongst Icelandic individuals and I visited it a number of instances as a baby.
We sat down at a brief distance from the waterfall and took in its magnificence for the longest time. The solar had began shining and forged a mysterious gentle contained in the gorge. When the individuals had left we walked down into the gorge to see Tröllafoss up shut.
There have been so many stunning particulars within the gorge that I used to be in awe. And smaller, fairly waterfalls and potholes crammed with water or water drizzling via them. And all these rock formations!
Tröllafoss – Trolls’ Falls
However it was additionally at this level that I noticed that my gold necklace with a giant blue aquamarine crystal, which my paternal grandfather, who was a goldsmith, had made, was lacking! I’ve been sporting this necklace round my neck for many years and it was given to me by my grandmother, so I used to be fairly startled.
We searched and looked for it nevertheless it was nowhere to be discovered. So we needed to go away with out it 🙁
It wasn’t till a few months later that my husband returned to Tröllafoss with a steel detector that the necklace was discovered! Since this incident, I take off all my jewellery once I go to the countryside.
Tröllafoss – Trolls’ Falls
I’ve not been capable of finding any folklore associated to Tröllafoss – Trolls’ Falls. There ought to be one, however I’ve searched in useless and no one appears to know why it’s known as by this title. If anyone is aware of the troll story of Tröllafoss waterfall, it might be pretty to listen to it.
We’ve obtained so many tales in regards to the trolls in our folklore, however these trolls inhabited Iceland earlier than the primary settlers arrived.
You can see many troll formations within the gorge, each by the falls and additional down by the gorge. In lots of locations in Iceland, you will see that two trolls known as Karl and Kerling or the Large and the Giantess.
Lovely environment by Tröllafoss waterfall
They are a troll-couple with folklore related to them, during which it’s defined the way it took place that they have been was stone. It is not uncommon information right here in Iceland that the trolls get was stone when the primary rays of the solar shine upon them.
Listed here are a few travel-blogs about such trolls:
An enormous troll by Tröllafoss waterfall
Trolls aren’t Christian and are solely up and about at night time as they can not tolerate daylight. Thus they’re known as nátttröll or night time trolls. In addition they can’t stand listening to church bells ringing, as I’ve instructed you in different travel-blogs:
The gorge is so ruggedly stunning
After looking in useless for my necklace we left, forded the river once more, and took some images of the gorge in a distinct gentle. Since my husband had parked proper above the waterfall I accompanied him.
He did not need to drive again the identical means so we crossed the Leirvogsá river above the waterfall and continued driving eastbound on this unhealthy gravel highway.
Solely to search out an open gate and an indication by the Stardal farm saying: “Allur akstur stranglega bannaður. Vegurinn er lokaður við Tröllafoss” – which means: “All driving is strictly forbidden!. – The highway is closed by Tröllafoss“!
The signal by the gravel highway to Tröllafoss
It will not be my type doing one thing that’s prohibited, so possibly there ought to have been an indication on the opposite aspect as effectively?
Don’t comply with our instance and simply go away the automotive on the higher or decrease car parking zone and stroll as much as the falls.
The signal by highway 36 resulting in Þingvellir nationwide park
When you flip left on highway 36 as a substitute of driving again to Reykjavík this highway will take you on the Golden Circle, Iceland’s hottest route, resulting in Þingvellir, Laugarvatnshellir cave, the Geysir geothermal space, and Gullfoss waterfall:
To go to this space you possibly can lease a automotive in Reykjavík.
For an additional means of visiting Tröllafoss, the place you employ a rope take a look at Crisscrossiceland. Be very cautious although as lately 2 individuals obtained trapped within the gorge and needed to be rescued. You’ll be able to see images from the rescue on Monitor.
Have a beautiful time at Tröllfoss and on the Golden Circle 🙂