About Fossen Bratte
Fossen Bratte (pronounced “BRAH-tuh” meaning “steep”) was a pretty waterfall that we targeted on a visit to Steinsdalsfossen after having visited the charming city of Bergen. Given its location near a long tunnel, we were very careful to be on the lookout for it before disappearing into that tunnel. We were aided by the fact that there was a very long pullout shoulder on the south side of the Fylkesvei 7 before the west entrace to the Fossenbratte Tunnel (Fossenbrattetunnelen). With that much space to park the car, we were able to get out and enjoy the distant views from the road.
Of course with the falls looking so tantalizing close enough to reach, we ended up walking along the pullout towards a footpath that was besides the tunnel’s west entrance. That was where the railings ended near some kind of a house with some sign indicating that the waterfall was 80m tall. As we descended on the trail, we then encountered a pillar about 3/4 of the way to the bottom. We originally thought the pillar was a war memorial dedicated to the Norwegian sports marksmen who had lost their lives while engaging German soldiers in a series of bloody battles in April 1940 during the second World War. It turned out that the memorial was actually on top of the waterfall further along the Rv7. Instead, the pillar was about a French couple who died here when their car went off the road on their honeymoon.
After about 5-10 minutes of walking, we found ourselves at the base of the attractive waterfall. It looked like the trail could keep going, but we were content with our view of the falls before heading back up the trail to our car. I’ve noticed in the literature that sometimes this waterfall would also go by the name of the Bridal Veil (or Brudesløret). That name was said to be a result of the honeymooners who died here. We originally thought it was because the falls can expand into a fan-shaped waterfall in a way that would be reminiscent of the way a bride’s veil would be draped over her face, which seemed to be the case during our visit.
The falls was also said to have been protected not long before our June 2005 visit so we have to believe its flow ought to be good for most of the year (if not the entire year). Overall, Julie and I spent roughly 30 minutes away from the car to experience the falls. Another thing worth mentioning is that we also encountered another attractive cascade about 3km west of Fossen Bratte on the Fv7, which was also worth a stop. Unfortunately, we don’t know what it was called (possibly on the Mørkhølen Stream).
Fossen Bratte was about 21km east of the E16/Fv7 junction at Trengereid along the Fv7 (Fv = Fylkesvei or county road) just before the Fossenbratte Tunnel. There was a long pullout on the right side of the road heading east, which was where we parked the car.
Heading in the other direction on the Fv7, the pullout would be immediately on the left just as you leave the Fossenbratte Tunnel.
While visiting the falls, keep an eye out for an attractive waterfall about 3km west of the pullout for Fossen Bratte.
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