NORWAY…land of waterfalls! Nowhere have I seen so many waterfalls before than in wonderful Norway! And waterfalls come here in many kinds, from small to high, from serene to wild, and from simple to just astonishing ones! They are feasts to the eyes, and I didn’t get tired of looking at them! Hans and I chased them everywhere! It didn’t matter if we had to hike long hours over impossible rocky steepy and slippery paths. The rewards were always astounding!
Below are the waterfalls we had seen during our two-months camper adventure in beautiful Norway:
1. LANGFOSS WATERFALLS
Langfoss Waterfall is located in Akrafjorden Fjord and was selected by CNN in 2011 as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. It has a height of 612 meters and its waters fall harshly down to the fjord, under the bridge in E134.From the kiosk parking, it is possible to hike up to the height of 640 meters high to have a splendid view of the waterfalls.
2. LATEFOSS WATERFALLS
The Latefoss waterfalls are two falls separated by a big body of land mass, making them twin falls. The falls drop 165 meters. One doesn’t need to do a tedious hike to see this wonderful attraction, as it is easily accessible by road, being situated along R 13. From a small parking, there is a marvellous view of this spectacular wonder of nature! The waters from the falls flows violently under the concrete bridge, going down to the river. It was a sight to behold! Just like a ferocious monster, a wild beast! The sound of the falls is a bit deafening, the outbursts of the water makes one wet. The river where the water end up to is equally wild too!
3. STEINDALSFOSSEN WATERFALLS
Steindalsfossen waterfalls is another one of the popular waterfalls in Norway. Located in Norheimsund, along Rv 7, it has a fall of 50 meters, and what is rather special in this falls is that people could walk behind the falls safe and almost dry. There is a pathway made from the carpark up to the falls, going behind it and coming out of the other side. There is a nice information center in the vicinity and two souvenir shops with reasonably priced items.
4. VORINGSFOSSEN WATERFALLS
Voringsfossen waterfalls is one of the best known waterfalls in Norway, The waters from the Bjoreio river plunge 182 m from the Hardangervida plateau into the Mabodalen valley which forms the waterfalls. The name vorings means the respected one. The hike is approximately 90 minutes walking thru rocky path. About half kilometre from the falls is an old wooden bridge that will bring you closer to the falls.
5. STORSETERFOSSEN WATERFALLS
This waterfalls is found in Geiranger, about 1 hour-hike beginning from Vesteras farm. There is a well-prepared stonepathway going to the falls. What makes this extra special is the fact that one can walk behind this 30-meter high waterfalls witout getting wet, as there is a footpath with guardrail that leads to the falls.
6. HUSEDALEN WATERFALLS
The Huse valley leads from Kinsarvik and up to Handangervida National Park. The valley offers 4 magnificent waterfalls : Tveitafossen at 200 m high, Nyastolsfossen at 400 m high, Nykkesoyfossen at 600 m high and Sotefossen at 900 m high. All the four waterfalls could be reached within 3 hours of walking. One can buy the hiking map at the tourist office for only 5 NOK.
7. VIGLESDALEN WATERFALLS
The Viglesdalen hike offers two scenic waterfalls that could be seen along the way : the Sendingsfossen waterfalls and Hiafossen waterfalls. Sendingsfossen is a bit difficult to see as one has to get closer making a bit of descent but once you’re there, you’d be rewarded with a magnificent view of the waters as it drum harshly down to the river. The Hiafossen waterfalls on the other hand is like twin falls, consisting of two falls quite separated by a big boulder between them. Careful when getting closer to this falls!
Stigfossen is a large waterfalls that could be seen at Trolstigen. This majestic 180 meter high waterfalls shows its power by continuously letting its waters rush ferociously down the troll ladder. This falls could be admired from the Trollstigfoten up tp the Trollstigen plateau.
9. SEVEN SISTERS WATERFALLS.
The SEVEN SISTERS, also known as Knivsflåfossen) is the 39th tallest waterfall in Norway. The waterfall consists of seven separate streams, and the tallest of the seven has a free fall that measures 250 metres (820 ft). The waterfall is located along the. The waterfall is located just south of the historic Knivsflå farm, across the fjord from the old Skageflå farm. The falls are about 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi) west of the village of Geiranger. It is part of the Geiranger World Heritage Site.
10. GLOPPEFOSS WATERFALLS
Gloppefoss is one of the highest waterfalls in the Setesdal Valley, with a great flow of water through the whole summer season, even in periods with little rain. A marked path runs from highway 9 through Veiåjuvet canyon to Gloppefoss. The scenery is impressive, with high mountains on both sides. The river Veiåne follows the bottom of the valley. The hike to Gloppefoss takes about 2 hours. Hikers will have to cross the Veiåne several times. Crossing is normally no problem as the river is not very deep. However, the flow of water will increase after long periods of rain, and under such conditions hikers are advised to consider whether crossing will be safe.
11. HELLESYLT WATERFALLS
Located at the center of Hellesylt village, this waterfalls is one of the most photographed motifs in the area.
12. KLEIVAFOSSEN WATERFALLS
This is found in Olden, by the area of Briksdal Glacier. A very powerful waterfalls, which brings down 10,000 liters water per second!