Svoufossen and Reppdalsfossen

Sunndal Municipality / Amotan, More og Romsdal County, Norway

Rating: 4     Difficulty: 2
Svøufossen

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INTRODUCTION

Svoufossen (Svøufossen or Svøufallet) was the first of the three major waterfalls we saw converging on the community of Åmotan (apparently meaning "converging of the rivers"). Julie and I initially saw this waterfall from its top after making a wrong turn. But once we finally got to the right place at the Jenstad Farm, that was when I went on a well-signed short downhill walk around and through the Jenstad Farm until I finally got the clean view you see at the top of this page. It was said to have a 156m freefall with a cumulative drop of 313m if you count all the sloping cascades before and after the main drop. Given the volume of the Grødøla, which itself was sourced by numerous large lakes (Storvatnet, Koksvikvatnet, Svartsnytvatnet, Klokkavatnet, etc.) further upstream, Svøufossen flowed with impressive volume even as it twisted during its vertical plunge.

We stopped at the second of the handwritten signposted car park (toll required; see directions below), then I followed more handwritten signs pointing the way to Svøufossen. Immediately from the car park and in the early portions of the trail through a grassy pasture, I also got clean looks at the sloping and twisting cascade called Reppdalsfossen (or Reppfossen or Reppfallet). This 180m tall waterfall also had impressive volume on the river Grøvu (another one of the rivers converging on Åmotan). This was the second of the three major waterfalls I encountered (Julie saw it, too, from the car) during our brief stint in Åmotan. I wouldn't get close to it, but the views I was able to get from the Svøufossen trail were good enough.

Anyhow, after passing through the pastures, the signs on the trail pointed me to continue onto a steeply descending section as it entered into a forest. The steep forested hill I was on didn't last for long as it was only a couple of minutes before I got the clean look at Svoufossen that you see at the top of this page. That said, with all the descending to get down here, it was a bit of a sweaty and tiring climb back up to the car park given the somewhat steep nature of the terrain. After about 20 minutes away from the car, I rejoined Julie who was waiting at the car so that should give you an idea of how quick this short hike and scramble was to see both Svoufossen and Reppdalsfossen.

The adventure didn't end there, however. Less than five minutes later, we then quickly drove to the other car park (also toll required), which was the trailhead for Linndalsfossen, which I made a separate write-up for since this one involved a bit of a longer hike.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This was the full view of the cascading Reppdalsfossen beneath some power lines as I was hiking towards SvøufossenThis was the full view of the cascading Reppdalsfossen beneath some power lines as I was hiking towards Svøufossen
This was the impressive Linndalsfossen, which was on a separate hike leaving in a different direction for SvøufossenThis was the impressive Linndalsfossen, which was on a separate hike leaving in a different direction for Svøufossen
This was the view from the top of Svøufossen as we had mistakenly driven up Snøgtu before realizing our mistake then backtracking on the correct road towards the Jenstad farmThis was the view from the top of Svøufossen as we had mistakenly driven up Snøgtu before realizing our mistake then backtracking on the correct road towards the Jenstad farm
After visiting these waterfalls, we then headed north on the E6 to the charming city of TrondheimAfter visiting these waterfalls, we then headed north on the E6 to the charming city of Trondheim
This big waterfall was seen as we were approaching Gjøra while driving along Rv70.  Gjøra was where we left the highway and turned off towards ÅmotanThis big waterfall was seen as we were approaching Gjøra while driving along Rv70. Gjøra was where we left the highway and turned off towards Åmotan

Looking down Svøufossen from near its top as we had missed the turnoff at the fork towards Åmotan.  And we instead crossed the bridge and went up Snøgtu towards FjellgardanLooking down Svøufossen from near its top as we had missed the turnoff at the fork towards Åmotan. And we instead crossed the bridge and went up Snøgtu towards Fjellgardan

This fence and sign was seen at the first car park we encountered.  I suppose we could have gone past the fence and descend towards Svøufossen even though we took a different routeThis fence and sign was seen at the first car park we encountered. I suppose we could have gone past the fence and descend towards Svoufossen even though we took a different route

At the second car park where Julie got this view of ReppdalsfossenAt the second car park where Julie got this view of Reppdalsfossen (or Reppfossen)

The sign and second car parkThe sign and second car park

I started to get more frontal views of Reppdalsfossen (or Reppfossen) as I was hiking towards SvøufossenI started to get more frontal views of Reppdalsfossen (or Reppfossen) as I was hiking towards Svøufossen

Following the signs towards SvøufossenFollowing the signs towards Svøufossen

Finally starting to get frontal views of Svøufossen.  Now, all I have to do now is descend the grassy hillFinally starting to get frontal views of Svøufossen. Now, all I have to do now is descend the grassy hill

Almost there!  Spotted a few more signs pointing in different directions, but there was no mistaking which way to get to SvøufossenAlmost there! Spotted a few more signs pointing in different directions, but there was no mistaking which way to get to Svøufossen

Checking out Svøufossen as I was getting close to my turnaround pointChecking out Svøufossen as I was getting close to my turnaround point


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

To get to Åmotan, we drove east on Rv70 about 33km from Sunndalsøra (this drive was described in our Vinnufossen page). We then turned off Rv70 onto a county road (Fjellgardsvegen; "Mountain Farm Road") near the community of Gjøra. At about 3.5-4km from Rv70 on the county road, we encountered a fork. The right fork crossed a bridge and ultimately led up to the hamlet of Fjellgardan and the valley of Svisdalen. The left fork, which was the one we would ultimately want to take, led to the Jenstad Farm.

About 2km up this local road was the first car park we saw. Even though we could have gone through a fence and hike downhill towards Svoufossen from this spot (as well as go to Linndalsfossen), we actually continued driving another 200m to the next car park.

It was from this second car park that we were able to see Reppdalsfossen as well as do the walk to Svøufossen as described above. The parking toll for both car parks was 20 Norwegian Kroner (around $3 USD as of July 2005).

By the way, I mentioned earlier that we also saw Svoufossen from its top. We managed to do this accidentally by going straight at the fork mentioned above instead of going left. So we crossed the bridge over Grøvu, then drove another 2.2km to the first switchback as the narrow road started to climb steeply (apparently the road was called Snøgutu, or "Snow Road"). It was from this switchback that we looked down at the falls and realized that we probably weren't going the right way. So we turned back to go to the Jenstad Farm, and we never made it all the way up to Fjellgardan.

For further context, Sunndalsøra was 68km (1 hour drive) west of Oppdal, 128km (2 hours drive) east of Åndalsnes, 187km (over 2.5 hours drive) southwest of Trondheim, 466km (6 hours drive) north of Oslo, and 578km (over 8.5 hours drive with ferry crossings) northeast of Bergen.




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ITINERARIES

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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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