Espelandsfossen (Odda)

Odda Municipality / Oddadalen, Hordaland County, Norway

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1
Espelandsfossen in Oddadalen Valley

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INTRODUCTION

Espelandsfossen was the first of a handful of major waterfalls that we encountered in Oddadalen (Odda Valley). So it wasn't surprising to us that this valley was also known as the Valley of Waterfalls. It turned out that this was merely one of two waterfalls of the same name that we visited during our June 2005 visit to Norway. And as coincidences would have it, the other waterfall in Granvin appeared to look similar to this one, which conspired to confuse us during our pre-trip research. I'm guessing that this one got its name from a nearby village somewhere above the falls by the name of Espeland (at least I inferred this from looking at the Statens Kartverk map). In any case, our research of this falls also indicated to us that it was said to be 102m though I'm not sure if that was exaggerated or not.

This waterfall was quite easy to visit as it was next to the Rv13, which was the road that cut through the heart of Oddadalen Valley. It was quite literally just a few minutes walk from the neighboring (and more famous) Låtefossen just to the north. Since we were heading north from the E134 (see directions below), we quite literally couldn't miss this. Moreover, the spray from this gushing waterfall onto the road further ensured we'd pay attention to it. Nonetheless, we happened to find an obscure space on the narrow road as a pullout. It turned out that this was one of a handful of these pullouts. And from our stopping location, we then briefly took the photos you see on this page before continuing on. If these pullouts happened to be occupied, it looked like we also could have parked by Låtefossen then walking along the Rv13 towards Espelandsfossen.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Espelandsfossen was almost quite literally next to the famous LåtefossenEspelandsfossen was almost quite literally next to the famous Låtefossen
The waterfall we visited just prior to Espelandsfossen was Langfoss seen here tumbling over the ÅkrafjordThe waterfall we visited just prior to Espelandsfossen was Langfoss seen here tumbling over the Åkrafjord
Further north of Espelandsfossen at the end of Oddadalen  was the well-situated town of Odda right at the far southern end of the South Fjord (Sørfjorden)Further north of Espelandsfossen at the end of Oddadalen was the well-situated town of Odda right at the far southern end of the South Fjord (Sørfjorden)
Espelandsfossen on the approach as we headed north on Rv13The falls on the approach as we headed north on Rv13

Looking back at Espelandsfossen as we passed by it along Rv13Looking back at the falls as we passed by it along Rv13

Another look at EspelandsfossenAnother look at the falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Look for this waterfall on the east-facing wall just about 350m south of Låtefossen along Rv13. It was about 3km north of the Rv13/E134 junction by the town of Skare and roughly 15km south of Odda.

For context, Odda is 134km (about 3 hours drive with a ferry crossing) east of Bergen. Skare is 323km (about 5 hours drive) west of Oslo and 179km (over 3 hours drive with some ferry crossings) north of Stavanger.




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ITINERARIES

For more information about our itineraries involving this waterfall, check out the following links.




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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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