AEdnafossen (Ædnafossen [maybe pronounced “ED-nuh-foss-un” and alternatively spelled Ednafossen]) was probably the most scenic of the many waterfalls we noticed while driving alongside Sørfjorden (the South Fjord). What made this waterfall so memorable to Julie and I was its unusual shape and giant size. The falls fanned out then converged again as it reaggregated its watercourse at its lower tiers before emptying into the fjord. The end result of this fanning out and reconvergence action was an impressively giant bulbous waterfall on the western wall of Sørfjorden, which we enjoyed seeing from the eastern side of the fjord. The falls was said to have a cumulative vertical height of 175m to 200m.
For all intents and purposes, we treated this waterfall as if it was a roadside waterfall even though we looked across the fjord to see it. I’m sure it could have also been experienced up close from the western side of the fjord at the hamlet of Ædna though I’d imagine getting such a nice contextual view that we were able to get from the opposite side of the fjord would be harder to come by. Julie and I also noticed what appeared to be a paved bike path that ran alongside the Rv13 on the eastern side of the fjord. That made us realize that going for a bike ride might also be an attractive and less-stressful option of experiencing AEdnafossen as well.
Regarding some semantics, I’m not even sure if Ædnafossen was the official name of this waterfall or not. However, from looking at Norgeskart (formerly Norgesglasset), it tumbled on a watercourse that went right through the hamlet of Ædna. Yet given its rather obscure and unofficially recognized nature, we can’t figure out why it didn’t get as much recognition as we thought it deserved. Anyhow, we’re rolling with this nomenclature though we do wonder if it’s a temporary waterfall or not. As you can see from the photo at the top of this page, it was definitely flowing quite well during our July 2005 visit.
The photo you see at the top of this page was taken from an obscure pullout between a pair of tunnels on the Rv13 about 8km north of Odda (at the Rv13/Rv550 junction) or 2km north of the town of Tyssedal. We knew to slow down and hunt for pullouts as soon as we left the first tunnel (north of Tyssedal) because we already started to notice AEdnafossen prior to entering that tunnel from the south.
Beyond the second tunnel (north of Tyssedal), we found another place to pull over though once again we made sure to slow down as soon as we left the tunnel. The more angled views of the falls that you see on this page were taken from this more northerly viewpoint.
By the way, there was a turnoff from the town of Tyssedal that left the Rv13 and headed up the mountain towards Tyssedalen Valley and the lake Ringedalsvatnet. I mention this because this was where the now-extinct waterfalls of Tyssestrengene (reportedly 646m) and Ringedalsfossen (reportedly 420m) were located.
For context, Odda is 134km (about 3 hours drive with a ferry crossing) east of Bergen. Odda is also 361km (over 5 hours drive) west of Oslo and 194km (over 3.5 hours drive with some ferry crossings) north of Stavanger.
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