Vermafossen

Rauma Municipality / Romsdalen, More og Romsdal County, Norway

Rating: 4     Difficulty: 1
Vermafossen

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INTRODUCTION

Vermafossen was our favorite of the waterfalls we encountered while driving through the valley Romsdalen. That was no small feat considering that there were numerous waterfalls that we found to be impressive along a 60km stretch where the steep valley walls tightly flanked the highway. The falls was said to tumble over a distance of 1000m with a net elevation loss of 381m. It had pretty high volume for its size, which was no wonder considering it drained a series of highland lakes. Perhaps what was more unusually memorable about the falls was the way it segmented into a giant pitchfork-like formation. I don't think we had ever seen a waterfall this large (notice the buildings in the photo at the top of this page for scale) with this kind of an unusual shape.

Vermafossen was a roadside waterfall off the west side of the highway. It didn't appear that there were any obvious signage indicating its presence. Instead, Julie and I noticed this falls as we were heading north on the E136 and immediately went looking for the nearest pullout to get a clean view from outside the car. I had read that the Rauma Railway (Raumabanen) actually would slow down or even stop for this waterfall, but since we didn't do that train ride, we can't say more about it. Nonetheless, that kind of attention would suggest that this was indeed a major waterfall, and perhaps it validated our choice of favoring this waterfall over the others in Romsdalen.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

The next waterfall we saw further northwest on the E136 was the tall DøntefossenThe next waterfall we saw further northwest on the E136 was the tall Døntefossen
Vermafossen was just south of the heart of the Romsdal Valley, where the imposing Romsdal Alps towered over the E136 road that was passing through hereVermafossen was just south of the heart of the Romsdal Valley, where the imposing Romsdal Alps towered over the E136 road that was passing through here
On the far northern end of Romsdalen was the gorgeous fjordside town of Åndalsnes, where Julie and I spent the night on the day of our visit to both Romsdalen and TrollstigenOn the far northern end of Romsdalen was the gorgeous fjordside town of Åndalsnes, where Julie and I spent the night on the day of our visit to both Romsdalen and Trollstigen
In Isterdalen Valley to the west of Romsdalen was the impressive serpentine road known as Trollstigen, which steeply wound its way up the head of the valley wall between a pair of waterfallsIn Isterdalen Valley to the west of Romsdalen was the impressive serpentine road known as Trollstigen, which steeply wound its way up the head of the valley wall between a pair of waterfalls
Our first look at VermafossenOur first look at the falls

Closer more focused look at VermafossenCloser more focused look at the falls

Final look at Vermafossen before we leftFinal look at the falls before we left


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

We found this waterfall off the left side of the E136 as we headed north. It was about 3km north of the conspicuous, well-signed turnoff for Slettafossen. According to our notes, it didn't even take 10 minutes to leave Slettafossen and stop the car for Vermafossen. Slettafossen was about 66km northwest of Dombås

Coming in the other direction, the falls was about 35km southeast of Åndalsnes.

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

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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