"Heggheimsfossen" ("Stigen")

Jolster Municipality, Sogn og Fjordane County, Norway

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The unofficially-named 'Heggheimsfossen'

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INTRODUCTION

"Heggheimsfossen" was a waterfall that only recently was I able to correctly identify its watercourse. During our June/July 2005 trip to Norway, Julie and I definitely noticed this obviously significant waterfall tumbling down the eastern wall of the valley Våtedal as we were passing through during our drive from Førde to Byrkjelo. Yet it always surprised and bugged me that it never seemed to have an official place name attached to it. For many years, I had incorrectly thought it was by the town of Egge so I used to name it "Eggefossen." Recently, I managed to find some long lost GPS tracks and waypoints, correlated them with my notes and photos, and then with the updated Norgeskart. During this re-discovery exercise, I learned that the falls was on a watercourse that drained the lake Støylsvatnet by Heggheimstøylen, and ultimately joined the Votedalselva River near a place name labeled "Stigen" (the ladder).

In any case, we'll follow what was already in the literature and give it the name "Heggheimsfossen" even though I wondered if this waterfall could very well be called "Stigen". Whatever the case may be with its nomenclature, it was definitely tall (said to be over 400m tall) and had pretty significant volume. Julie and I managed to spot it from a distance by some side road near Larsøyna, but the rest of the closer photos we had of the falls were the result of Julie rubbernecking from the car taking photos as I was slowly passing by it. I didn't recall that there was any place to pull over and stop for it, and perhaps that was the main reason for its relative obscurity.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

We got this distant view of Heggheimsfossen from the hamlet of Larsøyna.  It was the only spot we were able to see it from outside our rental carWe got this distant view of Heggheimsfossen from the hamlet of Larsøyna. It was the only spot we were able to see it from outside our rental car
Just 8km on the E39 south of Heggheimsfossen, we also caught a glimpse of this waterfall called Vikafossen, which was right across from the attractive lake JølstravatnetJust 8km on the E39 south of Heggheimsfossen, we also caught a glimpse of this waterfall called Vikafossen, which was right across from the attractive lake Jølstravatnet
Further north of Heggheimsfossen near the town of Byrkjelo was another attractive lake I believe is called BreimsvatnetFurther north of Heggheimsfossen near the town of Byrkjelo was another attractive lake I believe is called Breimsvatnet
Also further north of Heggheimsfossen in the quiet valley Myklebustdalen was the beautiful lake Sanddalsvatnet, which boasted gorgeous reflections of mountains framing a glaciated U-shaped valleyAlso further north of Heggheimsfossen in the quiet valley Myklebustdalen was the beautiful lake Sanddalsvatnet, which boasted gorgeous reflections of mountains framing a glaciated U-shaped valley
Approaching Heggheimsfossen while driving the E39Approaching "Heggheimsfossen" while driving the E39

Right in front of HeggheimsfossenRight in front of the falls

Pulling away from HeggheimsfossenPulling away from the falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Julie and I noticed this waterfall as we headed north on the E39 about 6km past the Rv5 and E39 junction in Skei (or about 49km east of Førde and just under 14km south of Byrkjelo). According to my map, it was about 1km north of the hamlet of Klakegg.

For context, Skei was about 376km (over 5.5 hours drive with ferry crossings) northwest of Oslo. Førde was 176km (over 3 hours drive) north of Bergen.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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