Furebergsfossen

Kvinnherad Municipality / Maurangsfjorden, Hordaland County, Norway

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Furebergsfossen

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INTRODUCTION

Furebergsfossen (I've also seen it spelled Furubergsfossen) was a waterfall that presented us quite the challenge to experience despite it being a roadside waterfall. The problem was that the falls was so close to the road that whenever we attempted to get a full frontal view, we were bombarded with the waterfall's mist thereby making it real hard to photograph. The photo you see at the top of this page was probably my best attempt at capturing as much of the falls as I could from the road, but that only comprised a very small fraction of the overall drop of the falls as it is a spectacular waterfall fed by the melting ice of the Folgefonn Glacier (or Folgefonna). And even then it was a constant struggle to keep wiping the water from the lens in between many unsuccessful shots.

In any case, this was said to be the Kvinnherad municipality's star waterfall attractive as it was said to tumble some 108m in height (though I'm guessing we only saw perhaps 30m or so of its height). The falls spilled right into the Maurang Fjord (Maurangsfjorden) so I'd imagine that perhaps the best views of the waterfall could very well be by boat from the fjord itself.

Even though we didn't exercise this option, from looking at the maps, it looked like it was possible to walk along the Furebergselva (the river responsible for the falls) up into the Furebergsdalen Valley, which ultimately would lead towards the Folgefonna Glacier. Given its extensive drainage and glacial source, I'd imagine that Furebergsfossen would easily flow year-round. We happened to see it in July 2005, which probably coincided with the season of peak flow.

During my research, I learned that it wasn't until June 2001 (merely four years prior to our visit) when the falls could be reached easily by car from Odda. Previously, it was said to only be accessible by ferry ride. The breakthrough was when the long Folgefonn Tunnel (Folgefonntunnelen) was completed, which passed through the mountain beneath the large ice field of Folgefonna. Driving through that tunnel definitely left an impression on us given its length.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

As we looked across the Maurangsfjord (not sure if it was directly across from Furebergsfossen), we noticed this fair-sized waterfall spilling into the opposite end of the fjordAs we looked across the Maurangsfjord (not sure if it was directly across from Furebergsfossen), we noticed this fair-sized waterfall spilling into the opposite end of the fjord
Just north of Odda and a little bit further north of the Folgefonntunnelen was this waterfall seen from the Rv13, which we believe to be ÆdnafossenJust north of Odda and a little bit further north of the Folgefonntunnelen was this waterfall seen from the Rv13, which we believe to be Ædnafossen
On the drive back from Furebergsfossen towards Odda, we started noticing some very beautiful cascades spilling high above the town of Odda just before we were about to re-enter the townOn the drive back from Furebergsfossen towards Odda, we started noticing some very beautiful cascades spilling high above the town of Odda just before we were about to re-enter the town
On the north end of the Odda Valley and the head of the Sørfjord was the beautifully-situated town of Odda, which was the main center of the Odda MunicipalityOn the north end of the Odda Valley and the head of the Sørfjord was the beautifully-situated town of Odda, which was the main center of the Odda Municipality
Looking towards the bridge at the base of Furebergsfossen where other tourists were literally soaking up the mist from the waterfallLooking towards the bridge at the base of the falls where other onlookers were literally soaking up the mist from the waterfall

Contextual view across Maurangsfjorden towards what I think is either Reppafossen or KrokallbekkenContextual view across Maurangsfjorden towards what I think is either Reppafossen or Krokallbekken (the latter if we were directly across from Furebergsfossen, but I don't remember where we stopped to take this photo)

This might have been a less misty view of Furebergsfossen but then we saw less of the waterfallThis might have been a less misty view of the falls but then we saw less of the waterfall

Another partial view of FurebergsfossenAnother partial view of the falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the Rv13/Eitrheimsvegen (Rv550) junction in Odda, we took the left road (Eitrheimsvegen) for about 4km until it junctions with Rv551 on the left. Turning left onto Rv551, the road then immediately entered the Folgefonn Tunnel. Beyond the 12km tunnel, it was another 14km along the narrow Rv551 as it skirted the southern shores of Maurangsfjorden eventually crossing the misty bridge passing just before Furebergsfossen. A large pullout or car park was situated just west of the bridge.

If you've read our Langfoss page, you'll see upon a visit to this waterfall that we have a similar road toll situation where we had to pay twice. That was because the falls sits west of the bomstasjon (toll plaza) and we were coming and returning from the east. So again, given the high prices in Norway, this double whammy was painful.

For context, Odda is 134km (about 3 hours drive with a ferry crossing) east of Bergen. Odda is also 361km (over 5 hours drive) west of Oslo and 194km (over 3.5 hours drive with some ferry crossings) north of Stavanger.




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ITINERARIES

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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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