About Eafossen (Hyttfossen)
Eafossen (also known as Hyttfossen) was kind of our waterfalling excuse to talk about the UNESCO World Heritage area of Røros.
We actually didn’t realize that this waterfall existed until we stumbled upon it while driving to Røros from Trondheim.
Upon making our visit, we learned that this waterfall was within the circumference around Røros that was also gazetted into the UNESCO World Heritage protection as it was part of the Røros Copper Works from 1727 to 1834.
When the smelter by the falls became too small, they built one further upstream at Eidet, which essentially allowed the area around the falls to slowly let Mother Nature take it back.
According to the topographic maps, this waterfall on the Gaula River had a modest drop of 8m, and it was roadside so it was quite easy to experience.
After parking our car near the souvenir shop and toilets (see directions below), we first walked along the paved side road towards the picnic tables, where I think the best views of Eafossen was from the third picnic table.
I then decided to go all the way to the Fv30 so I could stand on the shoulder of the road bridge with a distant but frontal view of Eafossen.
Then, we returned to the souvenir shop and WC where there was an informal path that led down to the brink of Eafossen as well as a gully leading towards the base of the falls sitting next to what looked like foundational ruins of the former smelter here.
That was pretty much the extent of our visit, and it made for a nice break to the fairly long drive to make it all the way out to Røros.
From Røros, we took the Fv30 north for about 35km to one of two signed turnoffs for Eafossen on the right.
There were two turnoffs because they acted like a side detour with two entrances or exits (depending on how you look at it).
If you go over the bridge spanning the Gaula River, then you went too far.
Overall, this drive would take around a half-hour.
Going in the other direction from Trondheim, we headed south on the E6 for about 49km before taking the Fv30 exit bound for Røros.
Once on the Fv30, we then drove east for about 63km to the signed turnoff on the left for Eafossen, immediately after the high bridge over the Gaula River.
This drive took us a little over 90 minutes.
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