Drivandefossen

Skjolden / Morkrisdalen, Sogn og Fjordane County, Norway

About Drivandefossen


Hiking Distance: 2km round trip
Suggested Time: 60-75 minutes

Date first visited: 2019-07-21
Date last visited: 2019-07-21

Waterfall Latitude: 61.53792
Waterfall Longitude: 7.59795

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Drivandefossen (also called Krekafossen on Norgeskart) was one of those overlooked waterfalls that we happened to miss when we first stayed in Skjolden back on our first trip to Norway in 2005.

So I made it a point to check out this waterfall when I finally had a chance to return to the Skjolden area in 2019.

Drivandefossen_056_07212019 - The main drop of Drivandefossen
The main drop of Drivandefossen

What I had missed out on was an attractive 45-50m gushing waterfall on the Åsetelvi that was within the Breheimen National Park.

Actually, this waterfall’s main drop comprised just one part of a much longer cascading waterfall that I could see from the valley floor of Mørkrisdalen.

According to my measurements on Norgeskart, this waterfall technically had a cumulative height of about 280m if you start counting from the top of the main drop of Drivandefossen.

While I could have been lazy and counted the view from the valley floor as enough for this waterfall, I think you really do need to climb up to the foot of the main drop of the falls to fully experience this fairly hidden waterfall.

Drivandefossen_013_07212019 - The context of the main drop of Drivandefossen and the rest of its cascades further downstream
The context of the main drop of Drivandefossen and the rest of its cascades further downstream

In order to do that, I had to go on a pretty sweaty 1km (2km round trip) uphill hike (about 220m in elevation gain) that took me a little over an hour round trip.

Hiking to Drivandefossen’s Main Drop

From the car park for Åsevatnet (see directions below), the trail ascended immediately behind the interpretive signs.

Åsevatnet was the lake sourcing the Åsetelvi watercourse.

It wasted no time climbing steeply as I found myself on a persistently climbing trail that led me up to a gate after about 600m.

Drivandefossen_038_07212019 - A rougher spot on the trail up to the main drop of Drivandefossen
A rougher spot on the trail up to the main drop of Drivandefossen

I believe this fence and gate marked the National Park boundary.

Beyond the gate, the trail continued its steep ascent for the next 200m or so before the trail finally started to relent just as I finally started to see the main squarish drop of Drivandefossen.

The informal clearing acted as a viewing area where I could scramble a little closer to feel the mist from the falls.

Looking downstream in the other direction, the watercourse dropped steeply the rest of the way towards the floor of Mørkrisdalen, but the terrain was way too steep to even entertain a somewhat frontal look here.

Drivandefossen_042_07212019 - The gate and fence which I believe marks the boundaries of the Breheimen National Park
The gate and fence which I believe marks the boundaries of the Breheimen National Park

So it didn’t take long before I had my fill and turned back to return to the car park on an all downhill hike.

The trail actually actually kept going uphill beyond Drivandefossen towards more cascading tiers on the Åsetelvi and ultimately to the sourcing lake, but I was content with my visit just with the main drop of the falls.

Authorities

Drivandefossen resides in the Luster Municipality near Skjolden in Sogn og Fjordane County, Norway. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.

Drivandefossen_017_07212019 - Approaching the head of Mørkrisdalen as I pursued Drivandefossen
Drivandefossen_024_07212019 - Starting on the trail leading up to the main drop of Drivandefossen
Drivandefossen_029_07212019 - Following the fairly straightforward but mostly uphill trail leading to the main drop of Drivandefossen
Drivandefossen_031_07212019 - Continuing on the ascending trail leading up to the main drop of Drivandefossen
Drivandefossen_040_07212019 - By this point of the hike, I went high enough to get this glimpse of Mørkrisdalen down below
Drivandefossen_041_07212019 - A section of the Drivandefossen Trail that was quite narrow and hugging a slope
Drivandefossen_043_07212019 - Looking in the distance across the Mørkrisdal Valley towards a tall but very thin cascade behind the low clouds
Drivandefossen_051_07212019 - Finally starting to get my first look at the main drop of Drivandefossen
Drivandefossen_054_07212019 - Looking back in the other direction towards the Mørkrisdal Valley with low clouds threatening to congeal and form more squalls or storm cells
Drivandefossen_055_07212019 - Looking way down towards Mørkrisdalen from around the main drop of Drivandefossen
Drivandefossen_058_07212019 - This was about as much of the main drop of Drivandefossen that I could safely see
Drivandefossen_073_07212019 - My last look at Drivandefossen before the low clouds started to swirl around the falls and conceal it
Drivandefossen_079_07212019 - Back on the trail as it steeply descended from Drivandefossen
Drivandefossen_092_07212019 - Looking towards the head of Mørkrisdalen down below as I was making my way back down to it at the trailhead
Drivandefossen_106_07212019 - Looking across the Floane towards the full cascade of Drivandefossen or Krekafossen
Drivandefossen_118_07212019 - Context of Drivandefossen and the Floane with some buildings within Mørkrisdalen itself
Drivandefossen_125_07212019 - Leaving Mørkrisdalen and returning to Skjolden

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Drivandefossen was up the Mørkrisdal Valley (Mørkrisdalen), which left the Fv55 in the town of Skjolden.

From the turnoff going into Mørkrisdalen (signed for Mørkrid), I drove along the county road (Fv333) going deep into the valley.

Drivandefossen_005_07212019 - Driving the local county road Fv333 into Mørkrisdalen, where I could see the lower cascades belonging to the same watercourse as Drivandefossen
Driving the local county road Fv333 into Mørkrisdalen, where I could see the lower cascades belonging to the same watercourse as Drivandefossen

At about 5km from the Fv55, I reached an open stretch alongside the for about 5.6km.

Note that there was an open stretch alongside the Floane, where I found room to pull over and check out the full extent of the Drivandefossen.

Another 600m later, the road narrowed and then reached a signed (for Åsetevatnet) turnoff going left.

After 300m or so on this very narrow road, I turned left again to go into the car park and trailhead for Åsetevatnet as well as the Drivandefossen Waterfall.

Drivandefossen_018_07212019 - The car park at for Åsetevatnet as well as for Drivandefossen
The car park at for Åsetevatnet as well as for Drivandefossen

This drive took me about 20 minutes from Skjolden.

For geographical context, Skjolden was about 30km (over 30 minutes drive) northeast of Ornes, 27km (30 minutes drive) northeast of Gaupne, about 43km (under an hour drive without a ferry) or 34km (over an hour drive with a ferry) northeast of Solvorn, 55km (about an hour drive) northeast of Sogndal, 47km (over an hour drive via the mountain pass on Fardalvegen/Tindevegen) north of Øvre Årdal, 124km (or 2.5 hours drive with a ferry crossing) north of Flåm, and 288km (over 4.5 hours drive with a ferry crossing) northeast of Bergen.

Short sweep of the main drop of the falls with mist getting onto the lens


Long video showing Drivandefossen from the bottom as well as a few different angles of it as I walked along the river

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