Hydnefossen

Hemsedal Municipality, Buskerud County, Norway

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Hydnefossen
Hydnefossen was our waterfalling excuse to explore a little bit of the famed Hemsedal area during our June 2005 trip to Norway. The claim to fame of Hemsedal was that it was a major Winter ski resort area so our Summer visit wasn't exactly the time to come here if seeing it buzzing with activity would be a reason for a visit. However, it did allow us to see the waterfall flow, which we learned that during the Winter, sometimes expert ice climbers would ascend this waterfall! These climbers were faced with a 140m plunge (with 475m culumative height) watched over by the prominent 1300m Veslehorn mountain.

Julie and I were easily able to see the waterfall from the Rv52 highway as well as from a field right in front of the falls. While this multi-columned waterfall looked pretty substantial in profile (as you can see from the photo at the top of this page), when we started to see it directly, it seemed to be much lighter-flowing than what our initial angled views would have suggested. So given these observations, I'd imagine that its seemingly light flow at the start of Summer meant that it probably wouldn't last through the season and would be best seen in the Spring months.

Our roadside and near-roadside views of the falls was pretty much the extent of our visit. However, there did appear to be a walking path that went closer to the falls (and possibly to its top as part of the Veslehorn summit trail). Since it was almost 9pm by the time we showed up with at least an hour drive back to our accommodation in Lærdal, there was no way we would have the time to do this hike.

Finally, Julie and I remembered our Hemsedal visit most from a late evening pizza dinner in town. Besides seeing the sun still up after 9pm, the real unusual thing about our visit was that we ended up spending about $50 USD for one wheel of pizza! It was probably the most expensive pizza we ever had at the time, and it kind of underscored how expensive everything seemed to be during our visit to Norway.

Directions: Hydnefossen was about 7.5km (between 5 to 10 minutes drive) south of the center of the resort town of Hemsedal along Rv52. We saw no formal pullouts to view the falls, but we used some of the turnoffs to temporarily park the car and walk to get a better view. There also appeared to be an inner unpaved road (labeled Road 233 on my map) closer to the Veslehorn mountain. It left and rejoined the Rv52 connecting the towns of Hemsedal and Ullsåk.

Hemsedal was 30km north on the Rv52 of where the Rv52, Mv7, and Road 51 intersected at the town of Gol. Gol was about 156km north of Oslo.

From the north, Hemsedal was about 93km east-southeast of Lærdalsøyri, which was the approach that we took.




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PHOTO JOURNAL
This direct view of Hydnefossen kind of showed how lightly flowing this waterfall really was though it did give us some perspective as to how tall it was given how tiny the trees were in this photo
Just a little over 13km west of Hydnefossen was the powerful Rjukandefossen, which was sort of a bonus waterfall for us
We noticed this giant falls during our late drive back to Lærdal from Hemsedal along the Rv52. We don't know its name but our GPS suggested it could be on Borlosgrovi, Geitåni, or Galdestølelvi
We were on the Rv52 as we were approaching Hydnefossen plunging beneath Veslehorn MountainWe were on the Rv52 as we were approaching Hydnefossen plunging beneath Veslehorn Mountain

Getting a little bit closer to HydnefossenGetting a little bit closer to the falls

Direct view of Hydnefossen from a field just off the Rv52Direct view of the falls from a field just off the Rv52

After visiting Hydnefossen, Julie and I enjoyed this view out the window from a pizza place in Hemsedal.  Unfortunately, the pizza itself costed us about $50 USD!After visiting the falls, Julie and I enjoyed this view out the window from a pizza place in Hemsedal. Unfortunately, the pizza itself costed us about $50 USD!

Back on the road through the moors on Rv52 as we were headed back to Lærdal but racing against the onset of darkness around 10:30pmBack on the road through the moors on Rv52 as we were headed back to Lærdal but racing against the onset of darkness around 10:30pm


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Hydnefossen - Do the trail! Not rated yet
We were at Hydnefossen last July 2010 and did the trail with a guide to the Veslehorn. It was a beautiful trip and we would encourage everyone to do …

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We drove past Hydnefosen on 21 July 2007 and there was a lot more water falling. I would like to add that when we saw these falls while driving on the …

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