Formofossen

Grong Municipality, Nord-Trondelag County, Norway

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Formofossen

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INTRODUCTION

Formofossen was a powerful river waterfall on the Sanddøla River with a reported drop of 34m. I doubted that the waterfall's main plunge was that tall based on what we were able to see, which the photo at the top of this page might attest. It seemed like this waterfall and the river itself might be more of a salmon fishing destination than a sightseeing attraction. This was based on some of the infrastructure and signage that we saw during our visit. In fact, Julie and I only knew of this waterfall when we saw a blue sign indicating its presence as we were making the long drive north along the E6 from Trondheim to Mo I Rana.

From a paved clearing (see directions below), we followed an unpaved dirt path leading downhill towards a sheltered picnic area with a fenced view at the brink of the falls. The trail continued to descend further downstream over some wooden steps. It ultimately led to a rock outcrop giving us a more distant profile view of the falls (as shown in the photo at the top of this page). However, this stairway and outcropping felt dangerous since the river was flowing hard, and it seemed real easy to fall into the river if one were to slip and fall while on that rock. Honestly, I couldn't believe there was even a ladder leading right into the river, but then again, it was probably only useful when the river level would be low later in the Summer.

Now something that really got our attention while visiting Formofossen was the presence of some signs indicating the presence of parasites that were wiping out a large portion of the salmon population. Salmon fishing was said to comprise a large part of the Norwegian economy so I'm sure this was a devastating calamity at the time (we were there in July 2005). To my knowledge, it's still not known what caused this parasite outbreak, and I'm not certain if it's still persisting to this day.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Close by Formofossen was this waterfall called Grongstadfossen, which was another one of the falls we had seen in Nord-Trøndelag CountyClose by Formofossen was this waterfall called Grongstadfossen, which was another one of the falls we had seen in Nord-Trøndelag County
Prior to visiting Formofossen, we had left from the beautiful city of Trondheim where we visited the imposing Nidaros CathedralPrior to visiting Formofossen, we had left from the beautiful city of Trondheim where we visited the imposing Nidaros Cathedral
Towards the end of the day, we would finally visit the impressive Grønligrotta Cave in Nordland CountyTowards the end of the day, we would finally visit the impressive Grønligrotta Cave in Nordland County
Double rainbow as we arrived at the first lookout for FormofossenDouble rainbow as we arrived at the first lookout for the falls

Julie tries to get a better view of Formofossen and the bold rainbowsJulie tries to get a better view of Formofossen and the bold rainbows

Profile of Formofossen seen from a different lookout further downstreamProfile of the falls seen from a different lookout further downstream

Another profile view of Formofossen as we gradually tried to improve our view of it further downstreamAnother profile view of the falls as we gradually tried to improve our view of it further downstream

Julie decides it's better not to go any closer to the rushing water towards the bottom of the wooden stepsJulie decides it's better not to go any closer to the rushing water towards the bottom of the wooden steps. I suppose we could have gotten a more frontal look at Formofossen from on that rock, but we felt the risks weren't worth it.

Looking upstream towards Formofossen from those wooden stepsLooking upstream towards Formofossen from those wooden steps

As Julie and I walked back to the car, we noticed this sign.  However, we don't quite know what it's referring toAs Julie and I walked back to the car, we noticed this sign. However, we don't quite know what it's referring to


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Since we visited this waterfall after leaving the beautiful city of Trondheim, we'll describe our route from there (even though the city was pretty far from the falls). By the way, Trondheim was 495km (about 6.5 hours drive) north of Oslo.

So we drove about 189km east of Trondheim along the highway E6 (passing by two toll stations on the way out of the city, paying 25 NOK and 10 NOK). Eventually, we'd reach a junction with the Route 74 (there were signs for Formofossen on the E6 alerting us to its presence), which we took as we exited the highway. Next, we drove for about 1.3km on the Route 74 continuing to follow the signs, then we turned left onto the county road 391 leading to the hamlet of Formofoss.

A little less than 1km from the Road 74, we veered left at a fork (still following the signs) to go over a bridge traversing the Sanddøla. Shortly after the bridge (maybe 100m), we then stopped the car at a clearing where we then proceeded to walk down a paved slope directly towards the picnic area and waterfall.




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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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Formofoss, Grong, Norge (Salmon Disease) 
Hello, I think the parasite which is very dangerous for the salmons is GYRODACTYLUS SALARIS. If I remember, I will take many pictures of the place …

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