Eafossen (Hyttfossen)

Storas / Trondheim / Roros, Trondelag County, Norway

About Eafossen (Hyttfossen)


Hiking Distance: roadside; about 300m round trip to bottom
Suggested Time: 15 minutes

Date first visited: 2019-07-15
Date last visited: 2019-07-15

Waterfall Latitude: 62.85903
Waterfall Longitude: 11.21454

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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.

Eafossen_037_07152019 - Eafossen or Hyttfossen as seen from its base in July 2019
Eafossen or Hyttfossen as seen from its base in July 2019

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.

Eafossen_024_07152019 - Direct view of Eafossen or Hyttfossen from the Fv30 road bridge as seen in July 2019
Direct view of Eafossen or Hyttfossen from the Fv30 road bridge as seen in July 2019

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.

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Eafossen resides in the Meldal Municipality near Røros in Trøndelag County, Norway. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Eafossen_005_07152019 - The picnic tables by the car park for Eafossen
Eafossen_008_07152019 - Contextual look down at the Eafossen from I think the third picnic table, which had the best view amongst all the picnic table spots
Eafossen_011_07152019 - Trying to stay calm on the road shoulder of the Fv30 bridge over the Gaula River to get a direct view towards Eafossen
Eafossen_013_07152019 - Contextual look towards Eafossen or Hyttfossen from the Fv30 road bridge over the Gaula River
Eafossen_017_07152019 - All zoomed out view towards Eafossen with the context of the car park and souvenir shop on the right
Eafossen_021_07152019 - Zoomed in look at the Eafossen from the Fv30 road bridge
Eafossen_031_07152019 - Looking towards the informal trail leading down from the car park to the brink of Eafossen
Eafossen_032_07152019 - The trail going down some gully towards the base of Eafossen
Eafossen_034_07152019 - Looking downstream along the Gaula River from the bottom of Eafossen
Eafossen_042_07152019 - Looking upstream towards the Eafossen or Hyttfossen
Eafossen_049_07152019 - Looking downstream towards the Fv30 bridge and railway bridge again, but this time from higher up closer to the brink of Eafossen
Eafossen_061_07152019 - Looking upstream at the calm part of the Gaula River from Eafossen
Eafossen_062_07152019 - Looking back up at the scramble I made to get down to the base of Eafossen
Eafossen_069_07152019 - This side view of Eafossen or Hyttfossen showed some stacked rocks that might have been ruins or foundations of a former smelter that was once here in support of copper mining
Eafossen_071_07152019 - Going back up to the car park for Eafossen

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Eafossen (or Hyttfossen) sat right in between Trondheim and Røros.

From Røros, we took the Fv30 north for about 35km to one of two signed turnoffs for Eafossen on the right.

Eafossen_003_07152019 - The car park and WC for Eafossen
The car park and WC for Eafossen

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.

Eafossen_004_07152019 - Picnic tables and the souvenir shop at Eafossen
Picnic tables and the souvenir shop at Eafossen

This drive took us a little over 90 minutes.

For geographical context, the town of Røros was 154km (over 2 hours drive) southeast of Trondheim, 155km (over 2 hours drive) east of Oppdal, and 164km (about 2.5 hours drive) south of Hell.

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Long video showing the falls from the bridge before going to the picnic table with the best side view


Video showing a sweep from the brink of the falls before scrambling to the bottom for a more frontal look

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