Muldalsfossen

Norddal Municipality / Tafjorden, More og Romsdal County, Norway

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 3.5
Muldalsfossen

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INTRODUCTION

Muldalsfossen was a tall 200m waterfall that I anticipated seeing ever since I came across it during my pre-trip research as well as some tourism brochures I pcked up during our trip to Norway in June and July 2005. It was said to be one of Norway's tallest freefalling waterfalls. Unfortunately, when I got to the falls, I was unable to get a satisfying view of it. The photo you see at the top of this page was my best photo, but it definitely left me unfulfilled and wanting more. That said, I was able to get a nice view of another impressive waterfall directly across the Tafjord which appeared to belong to the stream Slufsa (either that or it was in Pinå; it was hard to tell). I've informally called it "Slufsafossen", but it could very well be called "Pinåfossen".

Anyhow, back to the Muldalsfossen experience, it began with a hike from a dedicated car park (see directions below). After leaving the car, I had to walk along the local road 92 further south crossing a bridge over the Muldalselva before I noticed a signed footpath forking to the left and immediately climbing steeply above the fjord. At that point, I began what turned out to be a tiring climb where I counted 13 switchbacks covering a length of 2km. During most of this strenuous part of the hike, I got great open views across Tafjorden of the waterfall that I think was called Slufsåfossen.

It wasn't until I was on about the 10th or 11th switchback before I even started to get a glimpse of Muldalsfossen. However, even the views I was able to get were unsatisfying and overgrown. The photo you see at the top of this page was from one of those upper switchbacks. The houses you see next to the falls belonged to the Muldal Farm, which sat right of this climbing section of trail. Once I was finally done with this climb, I found myself at another bridge upstream of the top of the falls as well as next to the aforementioned Muldal Farm. Looking further upstream, I got a glimpse of the attractive Muldalen Valley but I didn't pursue any further hiking as Julie was waiting in the car at the trailhead. I also didn't think I could improve my views of the falls so this was my turnaround point.

Still, what bothered me was that one of the photos on a tourist brochure of Muldalsfossen showed an unobstructed view showing its entire drop. I couldn't understand how that view was attainable and we wondered if the photographer somehow got an aerial view or something. But in hindsight, I probably should have continued exploring around the Muldal Farm area as I had read that the waterfall trail kept going (though the topo map didn't indicate such a path). I guess one of these days, I'll have to come back and try this hike again, this time exploring the place a bit more thoroughly.

Overall, this hike took me about 2 hours total, but I bumped up the difficulty rating given how relentless the climb was. At least going back down was all downhill and I went at a far faster pace than on the way up. Also, something worth mentioning was that I saw several signs around the base of the falls at the car park indicating the possibility of floods. I wasn't sure if this was because the river Muldalselva was regulated or if it was because the waters of Tafjorden might have seen a tsunami or two due to rockfalls plunging right into the fjord itself. In any case, it was definitely something to keep in mind.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Looking into Tafjorden with a giant waterfall I believe is 'Heggurfossen' to the left on the way to the trailhead of MuldalsfossenLooking into Tafjorden with a giant waterfall I believe is 'Heggurfossen' to the left on the way to the trailhead of Muldalsfossen
While driving along the local road 92 along Tafjorden to the trailhead for Muldalsfossen, we saw these beautiful Norwegian homes right on the waterfrontWhile driving along the local road 92 along Tafjorden to the trailhead for Muldalsfossen, we saw these beautiful Norwegian homes right on the waterfront
Looking across Tafjorden towards what I think is 'Slufsafossen'. This was seen from high up the trail to MuldalsfossenLooking across Tafjorden towards what I think is 'Slufsafossen'. This was seen from high up the trail to Muldalsfossen
While we could've come here directly from Geiranger, we ended up doing a roundabout route that traversed Trollstigen. Maybe next time, we'll do the direct routeWhile we could've come here directly from Geiranger, we ended up doing a roundabout route that traversed Trollstigen. Maybe next time, we'll do the direct route
Some tall thin waterfall seen while driving along the local road 92 towards the trailhead of MuldalsfossenSome tall thin waterfall seen while driving along the local road 92 towards the trailhead

Closer look at a giant waterfall spilling into Tafjorden that I think is called 'Heggurfossen'Closer look at a giant waterfall spilling into Tafjorden that I think is called "Heggurfossen"

At the shores of Tafjorden as I was about to start the hike for MuldalsfossenAt the shores of Tafjorden as I was about to start the hike for Muldalsfossen

Looking upstream from the bridge on local road 92 towards some cascades below Muldalsfossen on the MuldalselvaLooking upstream from the bridge on local road 92 towards some cascades below the falls on the Muldalselva

Trail climbing immediately as it left the county road 92Trail climbing immediately as it left the county road 92

The shade within some parts of the steeply climbing Muldalsfossen Trail helped a bit though I was still breathing heavy and sweating profusely given the strenuousness of the hikeThe shade within some parts of the steeply climbing trail helped a bit though I was still breathing heavy and sweating profusely g iven the strenuousness of the hike

Looking over the top of Muldalsfossen towards SlufsåfossenLooking over the top of Muldalsfossen towards Slufsåfossen

Looking into the valley beyond the houses of Muldal at the top of MuldalsfossenLooking into the valley beyond the houses of Muldal at the top of the falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

We came to this falls from the northern approach along Road 63 from Åndalsnes to Sylte via Trollstigen and Valldalen (a distance of 55km). Once we got to Sylte, we then turned left and followed Tafjorden along the local road 92 for about 11km (at 7km, we had to traverse the 4km Heggurtunnelen) heading towards Tafjord. Immediately after the tunnel, the car park for the hike was on the left side.

Alternatively, we could have come here from Geiranger, which would require us to drive north on Road 63 to the ferry at Norddal leading us across Norddalsfjorden to continue on the Road 63. Then, we'd drive east on Road 63 towards Sylte and follow the local road 92 along Tafjorden beyond Sylte to the trailhead as mentioned above.

One thing worth noting was that along the local road 92, we saw some gorgeous waterfall spilling right into Tafjorden. I think the falls was called Heggurfossen, but regardless, we couldn't get a clean look at it because we had to go through the tunnel.

For context, Åndalsnes was 303km (over 4 hours drive) southwest of Trondheim, 442km (over 5.5 hours drive) northwest of Oslo, and 508km (8 hours drive) northeast 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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This is one of the most beautiful fossen i Norge . Maybe the most beautiful one. I hope you will be able to come back and to watch it better. …

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