Hongavikfossen

Suldal Municipality / Ryfylke, Rogaland County, Norway

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1
Hongavikfossen

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INTRODUCTION

Hongavikfossen was a roadside waterfall spilling from high up the western cliffs flanking the Saudafjord before tumbling besides a tunnel (Hongavikfosstunnelen) then ultimately feeding the fjord itself. The waterfall caught our attention as we were approaching that tunnel headed north on the drive from Sand to Sauda. According to our road atlas, it appeared to be fed by the lake Storavatnet further up the western cliffs of Saudafjorden despite its seemingly light-flowing characteristic. According to Norgesglasset (an online map courtesy of Statens Kartverk), this waterfall seemed to have a bunch of names. Of these names, I was only aware of the following: Hanganvikfossen (after the nearby community of Hanganvik) and Brudesløret (which I think means "the Bridal Veil").

Although the falls was easily seen from within the car as we were driving north towards it, Julie and I found a little pullout and "trail" leading to the alternate view of the falls you see at the top of this page. That "trail", by the way, appeared to be where the old Rv520 went before the tunnel was completed. It was merely a five-minute walk or so on the paved surface (which was started to become overgrown) beneath what appeared to be power lines. This alternate view featured the lowermost tiers of the falls framed by an attractively peaceful section of the Saudafjord. The overall height of the falls was said to be 155m.

During the short walk to the alternate view of Hongavikfossen, Julie and I also noticed another giant waterfall, which I think might be called Maldalsfossen. That waterfall was far away across Saudafjorden, and perhaps a closer more satisfying view could be attained on the eastern side of the fjord near the community of Maldal.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Hongavikfossen was along the Rv520, which also skirted along the western banks of Saudafjorden, which is shown hereHongavikfossen was along the Rv520, which also skirted along the western banks of Saudafjorden, which is shown here
Contextual view of Hongavikfossen showing just how big this waterfall really is!Contextual view of Hongavikfossen showing just how big this waterfall really is!
When we looked across Saudafjorden, this was the impressively large waterfall we saw, which I think is called MaldalsfossenWhen we looked across Saudafjorden, this was the impressively large waterfall we saw, which I think is called Maldalsfossen
After visiting Hongavikfossen, we continued driving north beyond Sauda into the moorish highlands on the way to Roldal. During the drive, we saw scenic spots like this despite the bad weatherAfter visiting Hongavikfossen, we continued driving north beyond Sauda into the moorish highlands on the way to Roldal. During the drive, we saw scenic spots like this despite the bad weather
Rv520 approaching HongavikfossenRv520 approaching the falls

Looking across the Rv520 towards HongavikfossenLooking across the Rv520 towards the falls

Hongavikfossen tumbling right beside the tunnel aptly named HongavikfosstunnelenThe falls tumbling right beside the tunnel aptly named Hongavikfosstunnelen

Passing through the 4km long HongavikfosstunnelenPassing through the 4km long Hongavikfosstunnelen

On the other side of the tunnel, we found a small pullout and we then walked the bypass back towards HongavikfossenOn the other side of the tunnel, we found a small pullout and we then walked the bypass back towards the falls

Contextual view looking across Saudafjorden towards what I think is MaldalsfossenContextual view looking across Saudafjorden towards what I think is Maldalsfossen

More focused zoomed in look at MaldalsfossenMore focused zoomed in look at Maldalsfossen

Hongavikfossen and Saudafjorden seen from the tunnel bypass pathThe falls and fjord as seen from the tunnel bypass path


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

The falls is about 12km north of Ropeid (the western end of the ferry ride across the Sandsfjord [just south of Saudafjorden] from Sand) as we headed north on the Rv520 to Sauda from Sand. Note that the car ferry seemed to move across the fjord frequently so we didn't have to do much planning and pre-coordination to get across (other than to wait for the ferry to show up and move us away).

Sand was roughly 3 hours drive northeast of Stavanger with a couple of other frequent ferry crossings along the way.




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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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Accident and the Bride's Veil 
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