Tjornadalsfossen

Odda Municipality / Oddadalen, Hordaland County, Norway

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Tjørnadalsfossen

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INTRODUCTION

Tjornadalsfossen (Tjørnadalsfossen; pronounced "TYURD-nuh-dahls-foss-un") was a waterfall that we almost missed out on for we weren't really aware of its presence. Indeed, it took an accidental stop, which we made to improve our view of Strondsfossen (on the other side of the lake Sandvinvatnet) before this waterfall caught us by surprise! This falls turned and twisted its way down the eastern wall of Oddadalen making it very tall though I had some trouble trying to find a satisfyingly full contextual view, which got me to do a little exploring to see if there was a better way to experience it.

It turned out that there was a gravel dirt road quickly rising up on the eastern wall of Oddadalen Valley. We weren't able to drive this road since it was closed during our June 2005 visit. Fortunately, the falls was close enough that I was able to entertain walking up this road instead. After going above the handful of switchbacks, I encountered a couple of road signs, then I started to notice some faint unofficial "trail" that left the gravel road and traversed through the canopy of trees. On the other side of the trees, I ended up with a very close-up view up at the impressive Tjornadalsfossen, which is pictured at the top of this page.

This closer view of the falls might have been a bit too close since the falls was too tall (said to be 495m tall) to fit entirely within a single photograph. It was only possible to either take a stitch photo or a wide angle lens (though that wasn't great given the poor quality of our point-and-shoot cameras at the time). Anyways, from the limited amount of time I had spent here, I didn't explore any further to see if there were other alternate ways to experience the falls.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Strondsfossen was directly across the lake Sandvinvatn from Tjørnadalsfossen, and it was the very reason why we noticed Tjørnadalsfossen in the first place!Strondsfossen was directly across the lake Sandvinvatn from Tjørnadalsfossen, and it was the very reason why we noticed Tjørnadalsfossen in the first place!
Wildflowers were in bloom along the shores of the attractive SandvinvatnetWildflowers were in bloom along the shores of the attractive Sandvinvatnet
A short distance to the north of Tjørnadalsfossen was the beautifully-situated town of Odda. In hindsight, this town could have served as a base for visiting most of the waterfalls in the areaA short distance to the north of Tjørnadalsfossen was the beautifully-situated town of Odda. In hindsight, this town could have served as a base for visiting most of the waterfalls in the area
Just north of the nearby town of Odda (to the north of Tjørnadalsfossen) was this attractive waterfall, which I think is called ÆdnafossenJust north of the nearby town of Odda (to the north of Tjørnadalsfossen) was this attractive waterfall, which I think is called Ædnafossen
Looking way up from the Rv13 towards TjørnadalsfossenLooking way up at the falls from the Rv13

Near the upper end of the climb up the unsealed road as I tried to improve my view of TjørnadalsfossenNear the upper end of the climb up the unsealed road as I tried to improve my view of Tjørnadalsfossen

The path I took through the tree canopy to get a better look at TjørnadalsfossenThe path I took through the tree canopy to get a better look at Tjørnadalsfossen

Looking up towards the top of TjørnadalsfossenLooking up towards the top of Tjørnadalsfossen

Looking towards the lower tiers of TjørnadalsfossenLooking towards the lower tiers of Tjørnadalsfossen

This is a stitched photograph of Tjørnadalsfossen to try to get it all in one shotThis is a stitched photograph of Tjørnadalsfossen to try to get it all in one shot


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

For directions, see the Strondsfossen page. I believe the unsealed road that I walked up left the Rv13 just a few paces across from where we could get a direct view of the other waterfall across the lake.

For context, Odda is 134km (about 3 hours drive with a ferry crossing) east of Bergen. Skare is 323km (about 5 hours drive) west of Oslo and 179km (over 3 hours drive with some ferry crossings) north of Stavanger.




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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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