Hjalpar Waterfall

Hjálparfoss, or “Help Waterfall” is a beautiful waterfall where the Fossá and Þjórsá rivers meet. These two rivers fall from a lava field from the same height and their cascades merge into a pool. The surrounding area is also incredibly picturesque, but the contrast between the vegetation, lava, and water is something to behold. Not only is this waterfall a photographer’s paradise, but it’s also really easy to access. This can be really convenient during winter, when some attractions can become very difficult to reach due to road conditions. Compared to Gullfoss, Skogafoss, and others, it also tends to be slightly less busy with other travelers, which is always a big plus in my book.

The waterfall got its name from being a huge “help” to the horses after a long trip over the highlands. There, the horses could graze on the rich vegetation and get the rest and nourishment they needed to complete the trip.

The Location

How to get there?

Hjálparfoss is only around 30 kilometers from Flúðir. When driving from Reykjavík on the Ring Road heading south you have to then turn onto Route 30. Then you turn right onto Route 32 (gravel road) and the waterfall will be on your right. It is around 2 hour drive from Reykjavik.

Things to do?

Enjoy the view! You will also find a lot of interesting attractions nearby, such as Gullfoss, Geysir, Faxi Waterfall, and more. Making Hjalparfoss a part of your Golden Circle tour is highly recommended.

Best place for your photo?

In front of the waterfall (duh), on the wooden platform.