Waterfalls in Norway – a unique and bewitching natural phenomenon. Travelers admire the amazing landscapes of the fjords, perfectly smooth roads laid in the most remote regions of the country and, of course, a huge number of waterfalls. No country in the world can boast such an abundance of beautiful natural phenomena. It is difficult to fit in one article information about all the waterfalls in the country, for this an encyclopedia of several dozen volumes will be required. Indeed, in Norway there are more than 900 glaciers, which, thawing, form a rapid stream of water that freely falls into the fjords. Today we will talk about the most beautiful and picturesque waterfalls of the Scandinavian country.
1. 7 Sisters Waterfall (Norway)
The waterfall is rightfully considered one of the most beautiful in the world, formed by seven streams of water that fall into the Geiranger fjord, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The height of the stream is 250 meters. It is located 250 km from Oslo and 200 km from Bergen. In the photo of the Norwegian waterfalls it is most often depicted precisely because it is recognized as the most picturesque and visited. There are many interesting legends associated with the waterfall.
The best time to visit the Seven Sisters Falls (Norway) is late spring and early summer. The period when mountain peaks begin to melt, filling the streams. In winter, climbers come here to conquer the top of a frozen waterfall.
You can get there by car from the city of Bronnoysund by two roads:
- the Fv17 route is the shortest way, takes a little more than 2.5 hours, a steam follows the waterfall;
- Rv76 and E6 routes – the road is longer, takes 3.5 hours, but in this case you do not have to sail by ferry.
Coordinates of the fjord waterfall: 62.10711, 7.09418.
Height – 92 meters, the road to it lies along highway 45, through a tunnel that goes directly to the fjord. Mountains and a picturesque waterfall are on the right. If you climb up the mountain serpentine, you can find yourself in a parking lot for cars. Near Monafossen there is an information board on which a detailed map of the area is presented.
The road to the observation deck is difficult, you have to hold on to chains, climb stones. Be sure to shoe comfortable shoes, ideally trekking boots. The path from parking to attractions takes from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the physical fitness of the person. Tourists unanimously claim that Monafossen is worth the effort spent on the road. Exact location: 58.85766, 6.38436.
Perhaps, of all the Norwegian waterfalls on the map, Lotefoss is the most popular among tourists. It is located near the city of Odda, unique in its two streams that diverge and converge, forming a powerful water stream. In the horse of the last century, Lotefoss is included in the list of water bodies that are protected by the state.
The beginning of the waterfall is located on the Hardangervidda plateau, where the Lotevatnet river rushes down from a height of 165 meters. A granite ledge divides the stream into two, and near the foot the streams are united again. For tourists, a bridge was built at the foot.
Not far from Lotefoss (200 meters to the north) there is another beautiful waterfall – Espelandsfossen, and 7 km is another – Vidfossen.
You can get to the waterfall by three routes: E18, E134 and Rv7. On the map: 59.94782, 6.58426.
Height – 182 meters, the best landscape opens from the foot. A tourist route of 150 km is also laid from here. At the top of the waterfall is equipped with an observation deck. The climb is quite complicated, looped, along the way there are places for rest and picnics.
Address: Hardanger region, Mobedalen Valley. Coordinates: 60.42657, 7.25146.
The height of Mardalsfossen is 705 m, this is one of the few cascading waterfalls in Norway. You can visit it only in the summer – from the second half of June to the end of August. Visiting hours: from 9-00 to 21-00. The rest of the year, the waterfall provides the work of hydroelectric power stations.
Mardalsfossen is located at: Mere og Romsdal. Location on the map: 62.47303, 8.12177.
For tourists, a bridge and a metal staircase leading to the upper threshold are equipped directly in front of the waterfall. Travelers who have been here recommend climbing it, since it is up above that you can very close to the water, and here you can see the most beautiful view of Svandalsfossen among the wooded area. And in the morning there is a high probability of seeing a rainbow.
It is not difficult to find the waterfall, it is located south of the city of Saud, on the way of the national tourist route Rufülke. You need to follow the Rv520 highway for only 5 km. Point on the map: 59.62509, 6.29073.
The waterfall is cascading, its length reaches seven hundred meters, while the height difference is 225 m. It is located in the town of Aurland (western part of Norway).
The main feature is that it is not just a tourist attraction in Norway, the waterfall provides electricity to the Flåm railway, which was built in incredibly difficult conditions – the path is laid at an altitude of 866 meters above sea level, here you can see snow even in summer. Trains pass through the Nori tunnel, and arrive at the observation deck, which offers amazing views of a small, picturesque hill and mountain lake.
Train ticket for adults 300 CZK, for children 150 CZK. Point on the map: 60.74584, 7.13793.
The best time to visit the waterfall is spring and summer. At this time, in addition to a powerful bubbling stream of water on a rocky shore near Kjossfossen, you can see a singing girl in a red outfit. This small performance is organized by actors specifically for tourists. This action looks very unusual and colorful.
The vertical flow length reaches 108 meters. Furebergsfossen is located in the southwest of the Folgefonna glacier plateau in the Hordaland area. There is not much information about the waterfall, but it is incredibly beautiful here. People come here not only to admire the powerful fall of water, but also to look at the glacier flowing down from the plateau.
You need to go along the highway Rd551, adhering to the left side of the fjord. The path lies through a toll tunnel longer than 11 km. The tunnel exit is located at the foot of the plateau. Further, the road leads along the coast to the observation deck. On the left you can see the slopes covered with forests, on the right – the fjord. If you want to take beautiful photos of the waterfall, it is better to go on a boat trip along the fjord. On the map, the attraction can be found by the following data: 60.09979, 6.16915.
Hordaland is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque in Norway. Here are small villages that are buried every spring in flowering gardens. Also, the region is famous for the source of many waterfalls – the Folgefonna Glacier. In its vicinity there are especially many waterfalls of different capacities and heights. Vidfossen, 307 meters high, first flows in a stormy stream, and then splits into streams that form white, raging foam. Vidfossen place on the map: 59.98776, 6.56372.
It reaches a height of 275 m. You can see it in the gorge Sogne fjord in the western part of the country. Getting here is quite difficult, even on sunny days twilight reigns here. The waterfall is one of the highest in the countries of Scandinavia. The Uta River feeds the stream, the best time to visit is the end of spring and the beginning of summer. Wettisfossen is located in a conservation area in the amazingly beautiful Utladalen Valley.
You can get here from the town of Upper Ordal. The journey takes about four hours.
Location data for the navigator: 61.38134, 7.94087.
All waterfalls in Norway are a bewitching sight. If you are planning a trip to this country, check out the most visited of them in advance, for example, Lotefoss. Many attractions are concentrated on the RV13 highway section from Kinsarvik and further south. This path is called the “Waterfall Road” in Norway.
The location of all the waterfalls described in the article is marked on the map of Norway in Russian.