Kyrfossen and the Osafjorden Waterfalls

Ulvik Municipality / Osa, Hordaland County, Norway

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Kyrfossen

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INTRODUCTION

Kyrfossen was one of those waterfalls that Julie and I accidentally stumbled upon when we decided to drive to Osafjorden and the town of Osa on a whim. I didn't recall exactly what compelled us to do this, because it very well could have been a factor as to why we missed the real Espelandsfossen in Granvin in our haste to get to Voss from Eidfjord after this detour. That said, when we first visited this place, we noticed this very impressively tall waterfall (said to be 450m tall with its highest drop at 360m) but didn't know its name or its true watercourse. In fact, many of the other waterfalls we noticed during this Osafjorden detour seemed to be obscure miscellaneous waterfalls and didn't seem to attract any special attention from us until many years after the fact when we finally were able to correlate our photos with the updated Norgeskart (formerly Norgesglasset).

Nonetheless, we managed to identify the waterfall at the top of this page as as the one flowing on the Kyrelvi stream and thus went with the unofficial name of "Kyrfossen" (Cows Falls?). I've also included on this page the other Osafjorden Waterfalls since Kyrfossen alone wouldn't be reason enough to make the detour. However, the overall collective of the Osafjorden Waterfalls we encountered during this detour certainly compelled us to remember and write more about them, spearheaded by the conspicuous presence of Kyrfossen.

Speaking of Osa, it seemed to Julie and I to be a quiet rural community near Ulvik. It definitely didn't seem like it was the kind of place tourists would go to. It turned out that our visit pretty much involved a scenic drive here on a narrow county road along the fjord. We ultimately turned around at the Osa Mineral Water AS building, but behind the building, it seemed like there was a gushing waterfall on the main watercourse of Austdølo called Røykjafossen. We wouldn't get any clean looks at it other than the partial views you see on this page. In addition, we also were surprised by the scenic U-shaped contours of two valleys converging at Osa. At the base of both of those valleys were the watercourses Norddøla (North Stream?) and the aforementioned Austdøla (East Stream?).




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Context of Kyrfossen with Røykjafossen below itContext of Kyrfossen with Røykjafossen below it. This was when we were well into the valley beyond the head of Osafjorden
We noticed this attractive U-shaped valley, which was one of two that we saw at Osa.  I believe the stream that ran through this was Norddøla (North Creek?)We noticed this attractive U-shaped valley, which was one of two that we saw at Osa. I believe the stream that ran through this was Norddøla (North Creek?)
This was the other broad valley we saw at Osa.  I believe the stream through this was Austdøla (East Creek?).  Notice Kyrfossen on the topright.This was the other broad valley we saw at Osa. I believe the stream through this was Austdøla (East Creek?). Notice Kyrfossen on the topright.
We had spent a night at Eidfjord before doing the detour into Osafjorden on our way to VossWe had spent a night at Eidfjord before doing the detour into Osafjorden on our way to Voss
Distant view of some waterfall across the fjord on our way to Osa from UlvikDistant view of some waterfall across the fjord on our way to Osa from Ulvik

On our way into Osa, we saw this cascade (Bjørndøla? or Bear Creek?)On our way into Osa, we saw this cascade (Bjørndøla? or Bear Creek?)

When the road turned and headed east in Osa, that was when we noticed KyrfossenWhen the road turned and headed east in Osa, that was when we noticed Kyrfossen

We stumbled upon this water plant, which was our turnaround point.  It was apparent that we probably wouldn't get a better look at RøykjafossenWe stumbled upon this water plant, which was our turnaround point. It was apparent that we probably wouldn't get a better look at Røykjafossen

Looking past some private residences towards another glimpse of the sloping waterfall we think is on BjørndølaLooking past some private residences towards another glimpse of the sloping waterfall we think is on Bjørndøla


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Eidfjord, we went west on Rv13 towards the ferry. After crossing the ferry across Eidfjorden, we then followed the Rv572 (to the right) for another 10km towards the town of Ulvik. While in the steep town, just before the Rv572 made a steep turn further uphill, we got off the main road at Tyssevikvegen, and then we then continued straight ahead on this narrow county road (becoming Road 300) for another 10km towards the village of Osa.

For context, Eidfjord is about 310km (4.5 hours drive) west of Oslo and 153km (2.5 hours with a ferry crossing) east of Bergen.




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ITINERARIES

For more information about our itineraries involving this waterfall, check out the following links.




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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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