About Dontefossen, Gravdefossen, Brurasloret, and “Skogagrovafossen”
Donetfossen (or Døntefossen), Skogagrovafossen, Brurasloret (Brurasløret), and Gravdefossen were a waterfall foursome in close proximity to each other within the Romsdal Valley (Romsdalen).
While it wasn’t easy to single out or discern which waterfalls within Romsdal Valley were worth stopping for (you get waterfall-saturated pretty fast), it was this waterfall concentration in the heart of the valley that made us take notice.
That said, we found each of the waterfalls in this foursome to be tall and impressive.
Actually, three of the four waterfalls had official names even though none of them were on the Rauma River, which was the main river running through Romsdalen.
According to Norgeskart, Døntefossen, Brurasløret, and Gravdefossen had official names, but “Skogagrovafossen” was a name I made up since it was on the Skogagrova Stream.
There was also a little bit of confusion around Brurasløret because there appeared to be two waterfalls of this name in adjacent drainages according to Norgeskart (with one of them on the same stream as Gravdefossen and another on Styggefonngrova).
Skogagrovafossen was the first waterfall of this foursome (heading north on the E136).
Even though “Skogagrovafossen” wasn’t the reason why we stopped, we did see it from an angle so it certainly seemed photo-friendly.
In any case, we saw this waterfall in profile from a distance to the south of us as we had devoted most of our attention to the next waterfall in this foursome – Døntefossen.
We could have walked closer to the Skogagrovafossen for a more direct look, but we didn’t since it was already visible from Døntefossen.
Dontefossen (Døntefossen; “DUEWN-tuh-foss-un”), which was one of the seemingly few officially-named waterfalls in Romsdalen, was right across the highway from where we stopped the rental car (see directions below).
This waterfall tumbled on the river Døntelva from high atop the west wall of Romsdalen Valley.
It was sourced by a series of tarns and lakes collectively at Døntebotnen so it appeared to have a bit of permanence to its flow.
Døntefossen was said to have a cumulative drop of over 600m, which would make it one of the tallest in Norway.
Julie and I were easily able to see this waterfall right from the E136 road.
In fact, this was the waterfall that compelled us to find the nearest pullout so we could better experience it as well as the surrounding waterfalls.
Anyways, with the forced perspective of staring straight up towards the top of Døntefossen, we found it difficult to make the judgment as to the legitimacy of the height claims.
Nonetheless, we had no trouble simply appreciating the falls for what it was and not get too hung up on the encyclopedic trivia.
Finally, even though we did manage to find a pullout to stop the car and get out of the way of traffic to appreciate Døntefossen, there was no signage indicating its presence (on neither of our visits in 2005 and 2019).
So that tends to make me think that this waterfall could easily be overlooked whether by design or not.
Gravdefossen and Brurasløret
Once we had our fill of Døntefossen, we then went back across the highway and walked about 500m up the road (north) towards the next waterfall in the trio officially called Gravdefossen.
From what we could tell, this attractive west-facing waterfall on Styggefonngrova coming off Romsdalen’s east wall had more of a sloping characteristic before making a final plunge to the base of the valley.
Just upstream of the falls, there appeared to be another light-flowing plunge of the falls called Brudesløret.
In a separate stream also called Styggefonngrova, we witnessed a parallel lighter flowing waterfall, which Norgeskart identified as Brurasløret (I think it might mean “bridal veil”)
There were also lots of flowers and dandelions in bloom right in front of the falls along railroad tracks (which I’d imagine to be for Raumabanen).
These blooms added some color and variety to the scene, especially since we visited on a very overcast day where rain was threatening.
There were more waterfalls immediately north of Gravdefossen, but I can’t tell for sure which streams they belonged to from looking at Norgeskart and correlating that information with the time stamps on our photos.
All I know was that I’m sure you’re probably bound to see them after checking out the waterfall foursome of Dontefossen, Gravdefossen, Brurasløret, and “Skogagrovafossen”.
Like with Vermafossen, the pullout that allowed us to experience the four waterfalls in this write-up was also unmarked and easy-to-miss.
More specifically, from the Fv64 and E136 junction at the south end of Åndalsnes, the unmarked pullout right across from Døntefossen was about 28.9km south on the E136 on the left.
We had to be careful with this pullout because there was a deep ledge between the edge of the pavement and the dirt where I was able to stay out of the way of the fast-moving traffic on the E136.
From the roundabout containing the E6 and E136 junction in Dombås, that unmarked pullout was about 75.1km north on the E136 on the left.
There was also another pullout further to the north closer to Gravdefossen and Brurasløret.
This was about 27.7km south of Åndalsnes and 76.3km north of Dombås. Or, it could also be thought of as being about 1.2km north of the pullout right across from Døntefossen.
For context, Åndalsnes was 128km (under 2 hours drive) west of Sunndalsøra, about 54km (over an hour drive) northeast of Valldalen, 87km (over 2 hours drive with a ferry crossing) northeast of Geiranger, 105km (under 90 minutes drive) northwest of Dombås, 108km (90 minutes drive) east of Ålesund, 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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