Espelandsfossen

Oddadalen, Hordaland County, Norway

About Espelandsfossen


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2005-06-24
Date last visited: 2019-06-23

Waterfall Latitude: 59.94592
Waterfall Longitude: 6.58315

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Espelandsfossen was the first of a handful of major waterfalls that we encountered in Oddadalen (Odda Valley).

So it wasn’t surprising to us that this valley was also known as the Valley of Waterfalls.

Oddadalen_003_06232019 - Espelandsfossen as seen on our most recent visit in June 2019
Espelandsfossen as seen on our most recent visit in June 2019

It turned out that this was merely one of two waterfalls of the same name in the same county that we visited during our June 2005 visit to Norway.

And as coincidences would have it, the other waterfall in Granvin appeared to look similar to this one, which conspired to confuse us during our pre-trip research.

I’m guessing that this one got its name from a nearby village somewhere above the falls by the name of Espeland (at least I inferred this from looking at the Statens Kartverk map).

In any case, our research of this falls also indicated to us that it was said to be 102m tall though I’m not sure if that was exaggerated or not.

Experiencing Espelandsfossen

Oddadalen_008_06232019 - Looking ahead towards the traffic and congestion at Låtefossen from Espelandsfossen
Looking ahead towards the traffic and congestion at Låtefossen from Espelandsfossen

Espelandsfossen was quite easy to visit as it was next to the Rv13, which was the road that cut through the heart of Oddadalen Valley.

It was quite literally just a few minutes walk from the neighboring (and more famous) Låtefossen just to the north.

Since we were heading north from the E134 along the Rv13 (see directions below), we quite literally couldn’t miss this.

Moreover, the spray from this gushing waterfall onto the road further ensured we’d pay attention to it.

Oddadalen_005_06232019 - Context of the pullout that we stopped at before walking in front of Espelandsfossen for a closer look in June 2019
Context of the pullout that we stopped at before walking in front of Espelandsfossen for a closer look in June 2019

Nonetheless, finding a suitable place to pull over to get a less stressful look at this waterfall turned out to not be so obvious.

Indeed, we happened to find an obscure space on the narrow Rv13 road as a pullout.

Back in our first visit in June 2005, we had noticed a handful of these pullouts.

However, from our more recent visit in June 2019, there didn’t appear to be as many such pullouts.

Espelandsfossen_003_jx_06242005 - Espelandsfossen as seen from our first trip back in June 2005
Espelandsfossen as seen from our first trip back in June 2005

It was almost as if stopping for this waterfall was discouraged.

That’s why perhaps officially, you might be better off stopping at Låtefossen before walking along the Rv13 towards Espelandsfossen.

That said, the parking is very limited there, and the Rv13 has no shoulders (it’s practically single lane or close to it around here) so even walking along the road requires a bit of caution.

Authorities

Espelandsfossen resides near the town and municipality of Odda in Hordaland County, Norway. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.

Oddadalen_002_06232019 - Direct frontal look at Espelandsfossen in Oddadalen during our June 2019 visit
Oddadalen_007_06232019 - I had to get this much of a partial view of Espelandsfossen in order to avoid being in too much of the spray zone during our June 2019 visit
Rv13_153_07242019 - One month later in July 2019, we passed by Espelandsfossen once again on a fine day though we were looking against the early afternoon sun
Rv13_155_07242019 - Another against-the-sun look at Espelandsfossen on our July 2019 drive-by
Espelandsfossen_005_06242005 - Espelandsfossen on the approach as we headed north on Rv13 as seen back in June 2005
Espelandsfossen_002_jx_06242005 - Looking back at Espelandsfossen as we passed by it along Rv13 back in June 2005
Espelandsfossen_002_06242005 - Another look at Espelandsfossen from our first visit in June 2005

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Except for the pullout or parking situation, we found it easy to spot Espelandsfossen.

Look for this waterfall on the east-facing wall of Oddadalen (Odda Valley) just about 350m south of Låtefossen along Rv13.

It was about 3km north of the Rv13/E134 junction by the town of Skare and roughly 15km south of Odda.

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, 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.

Brief sweep as I examine the falls from a light spray zone to a heavier spray zone while showing how the viewing angle changed

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