Fossen Bratte

Samnanger Municipality, Hordaland County, Norway

Rating: 3     Difficulty: 1.5
Fossen Bratte

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INTRODUCTION

Fossen Bratte (pronounced "BRAH-tuh" meaning "steep") was a pretty waterfall that we targeted on a visit to Steinsdalsfossen after having visited the charming city of Bergen. Given its location near a long tunnel, we were very careful to be on the lookout for it before disappearing into that tunnel. We were aided by the fact that there was a very long pullout shoulder on the south side of the Fylkesvei 7 before the west entrace to the Fossenbratte Tunnel (Fossenbrattetunnelen). With that much space to park the car, we were able to get out and enjoy the distant views from the road.

Of course with the falls looking so tantalizing close enough to reach, we ended up walking along the pullout towards a footpath that was besides the tunnel's west entrance. That was where the railings ended near some kind of a house with some sign indicating that the waterfall was 80m tall. As we descended on the trail, we then encountered a pillar about 3/4 of the way to the bottom. We originally thought the pillar was a war memorial dedicated to the Norwegian sports marksmen who had lost their lives while engaging German soldiers in a series of bloody battles in April 1940 during the second World War. It turned out that the memorial was actually on top of the waterfall further along the Rv7. Instead, the pillar was about a French couple who died here when their car went off the road on their honeymoon.

After about 5-10 minutes of walking, we found ourselves at the base of the attractive waterfall. It looked like the trail could keep going, but we were content with our view of the falls before heading back up the trail to our car. I've noticed in the literature that sometimes this waterfall would also go by the name of the Bridal Veil (or Brudesløret). That name was said to be a result of the honeymooners who died here. We originally thought it was because the falls can expand into a fan-shaped waterfall in a way that would be reminiscent of the way a bride's veil would be draped over her face, which seemed to be the case during our visit.

The falls was also said to have been protected not long before our June 2005 visit so we have to believe its flow ought to be good for most of the year (if not the entire year). Overall, Julie and I spent roughly 30 minutes away from the car to experience the falls. Another thing worth mentioning is that we also encountered another attractive cascade about 3km west of Fossen Bratte on the Fv7, which was also worth a stop. Unfortunately, we don't know what it was called (possibly on the Mørkhølen Stream).




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Begen was the city we visited before we turned back to Nature and headed east for about 54km to Fossen BratteBegen was the city we visited before we turned back to Nature and headed east for about 54km to Fossen Bratte
More contextual view of Fossen Bratte from the Fv7 pulloutMore contextual view of Fossen Bratte from the Fv7 pullout
About 24km east of Fossen Bratte on the Fylkesvei 7 (which later became the Motorvei 7 or Mv7) was the popular SteinsdalsfossenAbout 24km east of Fossen Bratte on the Fylkesvei 7 (which later became the Motorvei 7 or Mv7) was the popular Steinsdalsfossen
Some signpost indicating both the name of the falls and its heightSome signpost indicating both the name of the falls and its height

Road or trail descending closer to Fossen BratteRoad or trail descending closer to the falls

More zoomed in look at Fossen Bratte from the roadMore zoomed in look at the falls from the road

Looking down at Fossen Bratte from besides the World War II memorialLooking down at the falls from besides the World War II memorial

At the base of Fossen BratteAt the base of the falls

This was the waterfall whose name we didn't know that was 3km west of Fossen Bratte seen along the Fv7This was the waterfall whose name we didn't know that was 3km west of Fossen Bratte seen along the Fv7. We actually noticed this waterfall on the way to Fossen Bratte, but then decided to stop for it on the way back to the E16.

A closer look at that waterfall west of Fossen BratteA closer look at that other waterfall

A more direct look at the waterfall west of Fossen Bratte seen from the Fv7A more direct look at that other waterfall seen from the Fv7


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Fossen Bratte was about 21km east of the E16/Fv7 junction along the Fv7 (Fv = Fylkesvei or county road) just before the Fossenbratte Tunnel. There was a long pullout on the right side of the road heading east, which was where we parked the car.

Heading in the other direction on the Fv7, the pullout would be immediately on the left just as you leave the Fossenbratte Tunnel.

While visiting the falls, keep an eye out for an attractive waterfall about 3km west of the pullout for Fossen Bratte.

For context, the E16/Fv7 junction at Trengereid was 38km (45 minutes drive) east of Bergen and 69km (1 hour drive) west of Voss. Voss was about 5.5 hours drive (360km) west of Oslo.




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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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The fall is actually called Fossed Bratte (not bråtte) and does indeed mean steep waterfall. The memorial on the path down to the bottom of the falls …

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