Sauda to Røldal Waterfalls

Suldal Municipality / Røldal Municipality, Rogaland County, Norway

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One of the many attractive waterfalls seen along Rv520 between Sauda and Røldal

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INTRODUCTION

The Sauda to Røldal Waterfalls page is where I'm paying homage to the numerous waterfalls we encountered as we drove along this stretch of the Rv520 mostly through moorish highlands between the towns of Sauda and Røldal straddling both the Rogaland and Hordaland counties. As you can see from this page, we definitely lost count of these waterfalls, and I'm betting that the same thing might happen to you if you were to try to quantify them while touring through here. In some cases, I was surprised that they didn't name some of them (at least not on Norgesglasset or the maps on Statens Kartverk atlases).

After a while, it was kind of fruitless to try to stop and identify each every one of the waterfalls encountered so we then took it upon ourselves to merely photograph the waterfalls that stood out to us while enjoying the drive (despite the rainy weather).

See the photos below for a sampling of the waterfalls along this stretch of road.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

The waterfalls described in this route began from the town of Sauda at the far northern end of the Saudafjord. This was the view from town in bad weatherThe waterfalls described in this route began from the town of Sauda at the far northern end of the Saudafjord. This was the view from town in bad weather
This pair of converging waterfalls was near some zinc mines deep within a gorge as the Rv520 was climbing up to the moorsThis pair of converging waterfalls was near some zinc mines deep within a gorge as the Rv520 was climbing up to the moors
This was an attractive waterfall well into the moorish highlands northeast of Sauda.  Note the home perched above it for scale.This was an attractive waterfall well into the moorish highlands northeast of Sauda. Note the home perched above it for scale.
Looking across a lake towards a town that I believe to be Røldal on the northern end of the stretch of Rv520 featured on this pageLooking across a lake towards a town that I believe to be Røldal on the northern end of the stretch of Rv520 featured on this page
Driving the Rv520 northeast of Sauda, which passed by many random waterfalls like this oneDriving the Rv520 northeast of Sauda, which passed by many random waterfalls like this one

Waterfall near the zinc mine sign.  According to that sign, it was part of Sauda's first industrial endeavor starting from the year 1881.Waterfall near the zinc mine sign. According to that sign, it was part of Sauda's first industrial endeavor starting from the year 1881.

Waterfall seen looking down from Rv520 as we headed up into the moors just beyond the zinc mines signWaterfall seen looking down from Rv520 as we headed up into the moors just beyond the zinc mines sign

Direct view of one of the taller waterfalls seen along Rv520Direct view of one of the taller waterfalls seen along Rv520

Sloping waterfall with a house near its top in the moorish highlandsSloping waterfall with a house near its top in the moorish highlands

Looking across a moorish lake towards an attractive waterfall from just beneath the rain cloudsLooking across a moorish lake towards an attractive waterfall from just beneath the rain clouds

Looking past a mountain cabin in the moors towards some other waterfalls beneath the rain clouds in the distanceLooking past a mountain cabin in the moors towards some other waterfalls beneath the rain clouds in the distance

A pair of waterfalls amongst the snow shrouded in rain cloudsA pair of waterfalls amongst the snow shrouded in rain clouds

Looking back at a huge sloping waterfall as we were starting to descend from the moors towards RoldalLooking back at a huge sloping waterfall as we were starting to descend from the moors towards Roldal

We got high enough into the moors that we actually drove through a pretty thick layer of fogWe got high enough into the moors that we actually drove through a pretty thick layer of fog

Descending from the mountain pass towards RoldalDescending from the mountain pass towards Roldal

The Rv520 was then descending towards a lakeThe Rv520 was then descending towards a lake

Rv520 was now skirting alongside the lakeThe Rv520 was now skirting alongside the lake

The Rv520 was actually quite narrow as we were passing alongside the lakeThe Rv520 was actually quite narrow as we were passing alongside the lake

Passing by some waterfalls as the Rv520 junctioned with the E134Passing by some waterfalls as the Rv520 junctioned with the E134

An attractively tall waterfall near the Røldal TunnelAn attractively tall waterfall near the Røldal Tunnel


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

We drove north along the Rv520 from Sauda towards the E134/Rv520 junction near Røldal. This stretch of road was about 40km. It took us a little over two hours to cover this area, including all the stops for the waterfalls we did manage to stop for.

For context, Sauda was about an hour drive (50km) north of Sand (one ferry crossing required), and 4 hours drive (192km) north of Stavanger (at least three ferry crossings needed). Røldal was about 27km (30 minutes drive) east of Skare.




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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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