Kvanndalsfossen

Stranda Municipality / near Geiranger, More og Romsdal County, Norway

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 2
Kvanndalsfossen

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INTRODUCTION

Kvanndalsfossen was a waterfall that Julie and I only noticed when we passed by an obscure handwritten sign while making the drive towards the famous Geiranger Fjord from Loen. When I swore I saw the word "fossen" in the sign as we passed by, I was curious enough to double back and follow that sign. It ultimately led us to the start of the walk to get to the base of the falls. After having visited the falls and studying the maps, we also came to realize that our drive further up the mountain happened to have passed by the upper tiers of the waterfall as well (see directions). Even though the photo you see at the top of this page made it seem like the falls wasn't that tall or impressive, but given our observations, it turned out to be a very tall cascade. Unfortunately, we couldn't see it all in one shot, which was we perceived to be shorter than it really was.

Indeed, given its obscurity and our near-miss at even knowing it existed, Kvanndalsfossen seemed to be a very overlooked waterfall. I recalled that for almost the entire time we were headed to the base of the falls, we were the only ones there. Speaking of the excursion, we began from what appeared to be a camping area with a handful of structured accommodations. A sign with an arrow saying the falls was 900m away continued to show us the way to walk. The short walk started to go a bit uphill as we got closer to the falls, and then we ended up with the somewhat partial and overgrown view that you see above.

I didn't recall if the trail kept going, but we thought the view of the falls could have been better if not for the partial nature of it. The view became more overgrown as I tried to explore a bit more. In any case, when we returned to the car, it turned out that we had spent a little over 30 minutes away from it.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This was the series of cascades that I believe to be the uppermost tiers of Kvanndalsfossen seen from the Route 63This was the series of cascades that I believe to be the uppermost tiers of Kvanndalsfossen seen from the Route 63
This was the view of Geirangerfjorden from a lookout as we descended down towards the town just downhill from the turnoff for KvanndalsfossenThis was the view of Geirangerfjorden from a lookout as we descended down towards the town just downhill from the turnoff for Kvanndalsfossen
Of course the main draw of coming to Geiranger was to do the cruise of the scenic Geirangerfjorden. Kvanndalsfossen was actually something we stumbled upon on the way thereOf course the main draw of coming to Geiranger was to do the cruise of the scenic Geirangerfjorden. Kvanndalsfossen was actually something we stumbled upon on the way there
While driving along Rv15, we noticed this tall and impressive-looking waterfallWhile driving along Rv15, we noticed this tall and impressive-looking waterfall

We also noticed this other waterfall while driving the Rv15 towards the tunnels leading to Route 63We also noticed this other waterfall while driving the Rv15 towards the tunnels leading to Route 63

Driving amongst the snow in the mountainous Route 63Driving amongst the snow in the mountainous Route 63

There were a handful of mountain cabins by the Road 63There were a handful of mountain cabins by the Road 63

This was our view of what I believe to be the uppermost tiers of Kvanndalsfossen as we were descending towards Kvanndalsbrua on Road 63This was our view of what I believe to be the uppermost tiers of Kvanndalsfossen as we were descending towards Kvanndalsbrua on Road 63

Closer look at one section of the cascade belonging to Kvanndalsfossen by Road 63Closer look at one section of the cascade belonging to the falls by Road 63

These very interesting homes or cabins near Kvanndalsbrua looked like they were historical.  I think they were KvanndalssætraThese very interesting homes or cabins near Kvanndalsbrua looked like they were historical. I think they were Kvanndalssætra

This was the tiny road sign for Kvanndalsfossen at the turnoff from Road 63This was the tiny road sign for the falls at the turnoff from Road 63

The Kvanddalsfossen sign at the trailheadThe sign at the trailhead

Another view of Kvanndalsfossen, but this time with lots of foliage obstructing line of sightAnother view of the falls, but this time with lots of foliage obstructing line of sight

When we left Geiranger, we went south and east on the Road 63, where we encountered more cascades that I think ultimately fed KvanndalsfossenWhen we left Geiranger, we went south and east on the Road 63, where we encountered more cascades that I think ultimately fed the falls

Looking towards some more mountain cascades fronted by cabins seen along Road 63 near KvanndalsfossenLooking towards some more mountain cascades fronted by cabins seen along Road 63 near Kvanndalsfossen

A closer afternoon view of the upper tiers of Kvanndalsfossen from the Road 63A closer afternoon view of the upper tiers of Kvanndalsfossen from the Road 63

Back into the snowy moors as we left Kvanndalsfossen and saw more of these isolated mountain cabins in seemingly inhospitable terrainBack into the snowy moors as we left the falls and saw more of these isolated mountain cabins in seemingly inhospitable terrain


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Julie and I noticed this waterfall as part of a long drive that started in Loen (11km east of Stryn) and was to go north to Geiranger and the famous Geiranger Fjord (Geirangerfjorden). So we drove on a combination of the Route 60 to the Rv15 towards the Route 63 high up in the snowy mountain mountainous region. We then headed west on Route 63 towards Geiranger.

At around 15km west of the Route 63/Rv15 junction, we were at a series of hairpin turns as we started to descend towards Geiranger. This was where we saw the stream responsible for Kvanndalsfossen that had several cascades itself just upstream of the Kvanndalsbrua (the Kvanndal Bridge). I recalled there were some shoulders or pullouts that allowed us to get a look at uppermost sections of the falls before continuing on.

At around 2km downhill of Kvanndalsbrua was the signposted turnoff mentioned above on the south side of Road 63 labeled Road 631. We then followed this road down to a camping area at Opplendslædalen where we parked at some obscure car park with an arrowed sign (saying Kvanndalsfossen was 900m away) just beyond one of the accommodations here. This was where we stopped the car and started the walk.

For context, Geiranger was 75km (90 minutes drive) northeast of Stryn, 448km (6 hours drive) northwest of Oslo, 371km (6.5 hours drive with some ferry crossings) northeast of Bergen, and 376km (5.5 hours drive) southwest of Trondheim.




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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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