Did you know that some of the world’s tallest waterfalls are in Norway? According to the World Waterfall Database, 10 out of 30 of these towering bodies of water can be found in this Scandinavian country. It comes as no surprise, given Norway’s diverse array of mountains, fjords, and rivers. Waterfalls are at once powerful and calming. The sound of water flowing off a cliff and crashing down below can be deafening. Yet, the sight of torrents of liquid falling off a rocky crag is fascinating and mesmerizing. Experience an integral part of the Norwegian landscape, get your camera ready, and chase the cascades with our list of the top 10 waterfalls in Norway.
1. Seven Sisters Waterfall
Seven Sisters Waterfall is among the most storied and photographed. Located near the deserted farm of Knivsflå about 550 km (342 mi) northwest of Oslo, these waterfalls descend into the Geiranger Fjord. The seven waterfalls are Botnkrona, Grytfoten, Skjæringen, the twin Tvillingene, Kvasstinden, and Stortinden. Each of the falls has an average drop of 250 m (820 ft). Seven Sisters are best seen from May to July on a boat ride on the fjord. The story is that the “seven sisters” were all maidens and that the waterfall on the other side of the fjord is their persistent suitor.
Seven Sisters Waterfalls
Address: Geiranger, 6216 Norway
Approximately 387 km (240 mi) west of Oslo is Steinsdalsfossen (Stone Valley Falls), one of Norway’s most famous waterfalls. World of Waterfalls even describes this waterfall in Norheimsund as one of Norway’s top five tourist attractions. Steinsdalsfossen has a drop of 50 m (164 ft), so it’s far from being the biggest or the tallest. However, what makes Steinsdalsfossen unique is its roadside location and the fact that you can walk safe and dry behind it. There is a paved walkway from the parking lot up to and even under the waterfall. See the waterfalls for yourself and discover why Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany (1888 – 1918) was a frequent visitor.
Address: Mo ved Steinsdalen, Norheimsund, 5600 Norway
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
Låtefossen is 331 km (205 mi) west of Oslo. Located by the main road of Skare village, the powerful and stunning Låtefossen is the primary attraction of Oddadalen, also known as the Valley of the Waterfalls. According to local travel guides, the 165-m (541-ft) waterfall is easily accessible by Route 13. The twin waterfalls are best seen from the overlooking stone bridge, where the two separate falls join together and flow underneath into Grønsdalslona River. The forceful flow of Låtefossen can be viewed almost all year round. Cap off your trip to these falls with a break at the snack bar close by.
Address: Odda, 5750 Norway
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4. Kjosfossen Falls
Thunderous, epic, and mighty—Kjosfossen Falls in Rallarvegan, Myrdal, is one of the many highlights on Flåm Railway. European Waterfalls describes Kjosfossen as “one you shouldn’t miss.” This waterfall has a total drop of 93 to 225 m (305 to 738 ft) and is accessible only by train. Don’t worry, the train stops near the waterfalls so passengers of all ages can see it up close and personal. Just make sure to buy your railway tickets in advance. In the summer, Kjosfossen is roaring with water so you need to bring a raincoat to stay dry. In the winter, on the other hand, the falls are covered in snow and ice.
Address: Rallarvegen, Myrdal, 5718 Norway
Website: Kjosfossen Falls
Månafossen in Dirdal is 525 km (326 mi) southwest of Oslo. This waterfall has a drop of 92 m (302 ft), and the views are spectacular. Unlike some of the waterfalls on our list, Månafossen is not regulated or heavily commercialized. Most adventure travelers experience this free-falling waterfall through a one-hour hike that starts at Eikeskog. The moderately difficult climb includes stairs, chains for the steepest areas, and lookout points. Månafossen is best enjoyed in sunny springtime weather. Since the rocks can get slippery when wet, hiking boots are highly recommended. For your own safety, stay away from the edge.
Address: Eikeskog, Frafjord, 4335 Norway
Langfossen, or Long Falls, is truly a sight to behold, with its water cascading 600 m (1968 ft) into Åkra fjord. The waterfalls can be found in the village of Fjæra, which is 347 km (215 mi) west of Oslo. It is one of the tallest waterfalls in Norway and in the entire world. Its magnificence and grandeur can be viewed from a distance as well as up close. Stop at the surrounding bus stops to enjoy the scenery of these unregulated waterfalls for a few moments. Better yet, see it up close to the strategically located picnic area and visitor center.
Address: Route E134, Fjæra, 5598 Norway
With a 275-m (902-ft) drop, Vettisfossen is the tallest free-falling waterfall in Norway. Writers have described Vettisfossen as the queen of waterfalls. It was also voted as the country’s most beautiful waterfall by the readers of the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet in 2014. Located 304 km (211 mi) northwest of Oslo, Vettisfossen has remained protected by the Norwegian government since 1924. You can get to this splendid waterfall on foot by hiking high up the Utladalen valley for about two-and-a-half hours. The valley is home to more cascading waterfalls that you can discover at your own pace.
Address: Øvre Årdal, 6884 Norway
Situated between two national parks, Vøringsfossen in Eidfjord is 292 km (181 mi) northwest of Oslo. The falls have a free fall of 145 m (475 ft) and a total fall of 182 m (597 ft). The sight of huge volumes of water dropping from Hardangervidda plateau to Måbødalen valley is majestic and impressive. Witness these falls from both your car and the viewing platform, a 30-minute walk from the road. For a summer fitness challenge, hike the rough terrain for an hour to see Vøringsfossen at an even closer range.
Address: Eidfjord, 5785 Norway
Located 545 km (338 mi) northwest of Oslo, Mardalsfossen in Eikesdal is the highest waterfall in Northern Europe. With a free fall of 297 m (974 ft) at a total of 655 m (2148 ft), Mardalsfossen is surrounded by mountains that are up to 1800 m (5905 ft) high. Since the 1970s, these falls have been developed for hydroelectric power. Fortunately, tourists can experience Mardalsfossen every year from June 20 to August 20, when the floodgates are opened. To see the falls at a close distance, hike the marked trail 2 km (1.2 mi) from Mardalen valley.
Address: Eikesdal, 6472 Norway
10. Husedalen Waterfalls
Photo is only for illustrative purposes
Husedalen Falls in Kinsarvik are 361 km (224 mi) west of Oslo. Each of them—Tveitafossen, Nyastølsfossen, Nykkjesøyfossen, and Søtefossen—are noteworthy in their own right. The four breathtaking waterfalls on the hiking trail to Hardangervidda plateau are challenging to climb. In fact, a two-way trek to the highest of the four falls takes five to six hours. The Hardanger Fossati (waterfall path) is a more comfortable and shorter option, but you will see fewer waterfalls. Bird-watching is also another popular pastime in the area.
Address: Kinsarvik, 5780 Norway
Experience the best waterfalls in Norway
If you want to witness these incredible waterfalls, it is recommended that you head to the southwestern parts of the country, where several of them can be seen. The best time to experience waterfalls is in late spring (between May and June) when the ice and snow from the mountains are melting, and water levels are highest.
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