Since we are from Oregon, it takes A LOT to impress us when it comes to waterfalls. We have them everywhere. However in Norway, they are not only everywhere, you can see many at the same time! The volume of water coming off of the glaciers is so intense that you feel more alive as the water rushes down the mountain. Here are a few of our favorites.
Being right off the road, Langfossen was very easy to view. A pretty normal waterfall by our standards but we were glad we stopped by. The water flow was quite heavy as it streamed right below the road. While most people went straight for the falls, we started down below the main falls underneath the road. This was rewarding as we could get a different perspective from everyone else. Being one of our first stops, it was a great way to start to our 2,000 km road trip.
This waterfall was pretty amazing. We hiked to the very top of the falls which bypassed the main drop which we saved for last. This was perfect as we would not have hiked to the top otherwise and the view wasn’t as good up there. However, the top afforded us a path less traveled and a break from the tourists that overran the main fall viewing area.
Getting there early is best. Luckily in the summer, the sun is almost always up so you can really have it to yourself if you go early enough. Can you sense a pattern here? We don’t like crowds.
With its many streams, Tvindefossen was a pleasant stop. It was a relaxing place to listen to the water crashing down on the rocks at the end of an adventurous day. There is a souvenir shop and even camping nearby so it shouldn’t be hard to visit. The weather was pleasant for us, although we read that the water flows are more intense right after a heavy rainfall.
Since we were near the headwaters of many rivers, the glacier melt made for spectacular intensity in the water. As we drove we had to stop at many of these spots as water raged down the mountains. Water seemed to be flowing everywhere and we kept thinking “oh look, another waterfall,” every few minutes. We found them pouring down both sides of fjords and at the highest peaks.
Overall, we were impressed mostly by the intensity and the variety of waterfalls. We hope to go further north on our next trip to Norway to see even more of these incredible landscapes and water features.
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