Pollfoss and the Waterfalls along the Otta River

Skjak Municipality / Otta Municipality, Oppland County, Norway

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Some tall waterfall seen across the Otta River somewhere very close to Dønnfossen

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INTRODUCTION

The Waterfalls along the Otta River was really my attempt at trying to devote a page to the many waterfalls we saw as we drove the Rv15 along the Otta River towards the town of Otta in Oppland County after we left the Geiranger area. We originally intended to look for the waterfalls Pollfoss and Dønnfossen, but we ended up seeing a bunch of rapids along the Otta River itself. In fact, I don't even think we managed to see the waterfalls we had originally targeted.

Instead, the greater surprise were the numerous waterfalls we saw coming down the mountains in the valleys carved out by the Otta River. Since we couldn't really find official names of the waterfalls we did find (let alone pinpoint their correct watercourse names), all we could really do was to show the photos and hope something in the literature comes up that might help shed light to our understanding of what we saw. The result was this page. So until we can say anymore more precise about what we captured on this page, we'll have to be fairly cryptic about the locations of the photos shown.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Our journey started with this set of waterfalls as we were making our way out of Geiranger and towards OttaOur journey started with this set of waterfalls as we were making our way out of Geiranger and towards Otta
Before making it down to Billingsdalen from Geiranger, we had to get through the snowy mountain moors where we saw lone mountain cabins like this one amongst the snowBefore making it down to Billingsdalen from Geiranger, we had to get through the snowy mountain moors where we saw lone mountain cabins like this one amongst the snow
Our long drive ended at Otta, which was near Rondane Nasjonalpark, which seemed like a vast highland plain with scenic mountains in the distance and was said to be a good reindeer spotting areaOur long drive ended at Otta, which was near Rondane Nasjonalpark, which seemed like a vast highland plain with scenic mountains in the distance and was said to be a good reindeer spotting area
Interesting cascade along Rv15 in Billingsdalen perhaps on the stream KvannåiInteresting cascade along Rv15 in Billingsdalen perhaps on the stream Kvannåi

We were looking for Pollfoss, but instead saw a bunch of rapids.  So we're not sure if this photo is of Pollfoss or a part of it or notWe were looking for Pollfoss, but instead saw a bunch of rapids. So we're not sure if this photo is of Pollfoss or a part of it or not

Another part of the rapids near where the map said Pollfoss was supposed to beAnother part of the rapids near where the map said Pollfoss was supposed to be

Tall waterfall seen across the Otta River somewhere near DønnfossenTall waterfall seen across the Otta River somewhere near Dønnfossen

Some snowmelt-fed waterfalls as we got near the town of Otta along Rv15Some snowmelt-fed waterfalls as we got near the town of Otta along Rv15


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

This page covers a stretch of the Rv15 (probably the fastest speed limit at 90km/h that we had ever seen while driving in Norway) from the Road 63/Rv15 junction through Billingsdalen to Otta (primarily in the Skjåk municipality of Oppland county). This covered about 133km, which we acknowledge is a lot of real estate, but that's the best we could do given how little we knew about this area yet couldn't dismiss what we saw.

For context, Otta was 157km (2.5 hours drive) east of Geiranger, 291km (over 3.5 hours drive) north of Oslo, and 244km (under 3.5 hours drive) south 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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