Kristiansand, Aust-Agder County, Norway

About Flakkefossen

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

Waterfall Latitude: 58.33608
Waterfall Longitude: 8.20438

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Flakkefossen was a seemingly obscure waterfall that I had targeted for a visit given its somewhat close proximity to the southern Norwegian town of Kristiansand.

Little did I realize that I would also stumble upon another waterfall (Teinefossen) while I was searching for this one.

Flakkefossen_001_06222005 - Flakkefossen

The Flakkefoss Waterfall tumbled on the Digeelva River, and I was able to see most of its cascade from a narrow road or trail that climbed alongside its drop.

I eventually went high enough near its top to get the picture you see above.

I enjoyed this view because I could see the scenically-located cascade make its way towards the lake in the distance called Flakksvann, which happened to be part of the Tøvdalselva River system.

It turned out that despite identifying and locating the Flakkefoss Waterfall on the Norwegian online topo map Norgesglasset, I still had some trouble finding it as I didn’t recall there being any signs specifically labeled for this waterfall.

I pretty much had to figure out where I was relative to the clues given in the topo map itself (see directions below) then navigate the maze of dirt roads between some private rural houses (which I believe beloned to the hamlet or village of Flakk).


Flakkefossen resides in the Birkenes Municipality. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Flakkefossen_004_06222005 - Looking upstream at Flakkefossen with some water diversion pipes in the foreground
Flakkefossen_002_06222005 - Another look at part of Flakkefossen

Flakkefossen was about a half-hour’s drive away from Kristiansand, where we were staying during our visit to the falls.

The way I did it was that I took the E18 roughly 8.5km east from the Rv9 junction in Kristiansand to the Rv41, where I exited the autoroute. I then continued for 24km along the Rv41 into the town of Birkeland where I then turned left at a small road (Road 257) that had a signpost that said “Mosfell”. That road would take me over a steel bridge crossing the river Tøvdalselva as well as a nice view of Teinefossen before I then turned left on the other side of the bridge (now Road 258).

This road became unpaved as I took it into the hamlet of Flakk (really just a few private homes), where I then turned right to go up a steep and narrow road that climbed alongside the Flakkefoss Waterfall itself. I had to go past the waterfall to find a suitable place to make a U-turn, but I ultimately stopped the car near the top of the falls.

Given the lack of literature and signs at the falls during my visit, I wasn’t sure if I was trespassing or if I went the way you’re supposed to go. In hindsight, the drive might have been made in less time if I had continued further east on the E18 and exited at the Road 402 instead of the Rv41 to get to Birkeland.

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