AEdnafossen and the Folgefonna Waterfalls

Sorfjorden / Tyssedal / Lofthus, Hordaland County, Norway

About AEdnafossen and the Folgefonna Waterfalls


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2005-06-24
Date last visited: 2019-07-24

Waterfall Latitude: 60.13368
Waterfall Longitude: 6.53523

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AEdnafossen (Ædnafossen [maybe pronounced “AD-nuh-foss-un” and alternatively spelled Ednafossen]) was probably the most scenic of the many waterfalls we noticed while driving alongside Sørfjorden (one of the arms of Hardangerfjorden).

What made this waterfall so memorable to Julie and I was its unusual shape and giant size.

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Ædnafossen

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 along the Rv13.

The falls was said to have a cumulative vertical height of 175m to 200m.

Experiencing Ædnafossen

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.

The tricky part was trying to find a suitable place to pull over for a good look at it without putting yourself at risk of getting in a car accident.

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Finding a good pullout to experience Ædnafossen along the Rv13 was harder than you think. This particular pullout was actually a bit too far north of that waterfall

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 (which we were able to get from the opposite side of the fjord) would be harder to come by.

On our first visit to this waterfall back in June 2005, we managed to find such a pullout somewhere between a pair of tunnels that afforded us a direct view right across the fjord to the falls.

That’s the picture you see at the top of this page.

However, on a subsequent visit in June 2019, I had trouble finding the same pullout.

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This was a more recent look at Ædnafossen when I came back here in June 2019

Instead, I found alternate pullouts that yielded more angled views of the falls.

Given the high speed of traffic (and stressful driving) on the Rv13 as well as the changeability of where the pullouts end up being, it’s tricky to advise on a best place to stop for this falls.

That said, my preferred stopping place would be at a clearing or resting area on the north entrance of the Rv13 tunnel immediately north of the town of Tyssedal (see directions below).

There was a place to comfortably get out of the traffic, stop the car, then walk on an old paved road that now served as a pedestrian and bike path along the fjord.

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The old road that now serves as more of a pedestrian and bike path along Sørfjorden for a more relaxed Ædnafossen experience

It was along the stretch that I was able to better enjoy AEdnafossen on my more recent visit.

I could have kept walking back towards the town of Tyssedal in order to recover that more direct view we managed to get on our first visit, but due to time constraints on my visit, I didn’t get to do that again.

It was also possible to do the same walk in the opposite direction if you can manage to score a parking spot in the town of Tyssedal somewhere near the hydro museum.

Ædnafossen Semantics

Regarding some semantics, I’m not even sure if Ædnafossen was the official name of this waterfall or not.

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Looking back towards Ædnafossen from a little further north on the Rv13

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.

Besides, it drained the Folgefonna Glacier so it had staying power.

And each time we’ve seen this waterfall – in late June 2005, late June 2019, and late July 2019 – it still had pretty significant flow!

Anyhow, we’re rolling with this nomenclature on this page.

More Than Just Ædnafossen

It turned out that Ædnafossen was merely just one of the conspicuous waterfalls that we spotted while driving this stretch of the Rv13 along the eastern shores of Sørfjorden.

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Looking across Sørfjorden from one of the rare bus stops along the narrow Rv13. These were just a couple of the waterfalls I spotted, where the one on the topleft I believe could be called Skyrfossen

Indeed, we had to have spotted countless other thin and not-so-thin waterfalls spilling into the fjord from impressive heights.

Perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising because the somewhat visible ice field topping the mountains on the west side of the fjord happened to be the impressively-sized Folgefonn Glacier.

Thus, I collectively dubbed all of these waterfalls the “Folgefonna Waterfalls”.

While it’s hard to stop for every single one of them (given the relative lack of obvious pullouts or sanctioned vistas on the Rv13), you definitely stand a good chance of seeing them when doing this drive in decent weather.

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Let’s not forget that in addition to waterfalls, there was also mindblowing fjord scenery at Sørfjorden to further add to the whole waterfalling experience

So I’ll just showcase them in the photos below instead of talking more about them.

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AEdnafossen resides in the Odda Municipality. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.

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Rather than put you on a wild goose chase on advising particular pullouts that may or may not be there anymore, I’m only going to single out the one pullout or rest area that I found to be the most useful for AEdnafossen.

I already alluded to it in the write-up above, but I’ll be more precise here.

If you’re heading north from Odda, drive on the Rv13 about 6km towards Tyssedal.

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This was the nearest pullout or rest area that I felt safest to start the Ædnafossen experience on foot

Then, stay on the Rv13 continuing past the turnoff for Trolltunga, and drive into the tunnel.

Slow down when you’re about to exit the tunnel because the desired stop is immediately on the left just as you leave the last of the series of tunnels.

That pullout had enough room to support a few truck drivers using that spot to rest. So certainly, there was enough room to pull over there, stop the car, and go for a walk.

According to my GPS logs, it was just under 3km north of the Trolltunga turnoff in Tyssedal.

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As you can see in this picture, there seemed to be enough room for a truck to pull over here and for me to do a full circular turn, which was really rare on the narrow Norwegian roads. That’s why I felt it was the safest here to start the Ædnafossen experience on foot

I believe it might also be possible to park near the tunnel’s southernmost entrance at Tyssedal before walking along the old road north to get good views of AEdnafossen.

However, since I didn’t do that, I can’t really say more about it.

For some geographical context, Odda is 17km (under 30 minutes drive) north of Skare, 42km (about 45 minutes drive) north of Røldal, 72km (about 1 hour drive) northeast of Etne, 72km (about 90 minutes drive) south of Eidfjord, 134km (about 3 hours drive with a ferry crossing) east of Bergen, 179km (over 3 hours drive with some ferry crossings) north of Stavanger, and 323km (about 5 hours drive) west of Oslo.

By the way, in case you’re wondering, that turnoff from the town of Tyssedal that left the Rv13 and headed up the mountain towards Tyssedalen Valley and the lake Ringedalsvatnet was for the now-famous Trolltunga. I mention this because this was where the hydro-impacted waterfalls of Tyssestrengene (reportedly 646m) and Ringedalsfossen (reportedly 420m) were located.

Deliberate left to right back and forth sweep covering AEdnafossen as well as other neighboring waterfalls across Sorfjorden


Brief sweep showing the various waterfalls from an informal pullout further north of the tunnels with more direct views of AEdnafossen

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