Tengsfossen was a waterfall that Julie and I stumbled upon accidentally. We actually mistook this waterfall for a different waterfall called Fotlandsfossen as we actually sought out Fotlandsfossen originally. It wasn’t until a visitor corrected me did I finally realize that it wasn’t Fotlandsfossen all along. In any case, Tengsfossen helped us break up the long driving as we were trying to get from Kristiansand to Sand (in Rogaland County). It turned out to be a short but attractively wide river-type waterfall that was segmented based on rocks that had split the Bjerkreim River’s flow (Bjerkreimselva). Incidentally, this river was said to be one of the most bountiful and important salmon rivers in Norway. Although we didn’t pay attention to it, there was apparently a salmon ladder to allow the salmon to continue further upstream beyond the falls.
Julie and I found this obscure waterfall as we parked the car near the Fotlandsbakken sign near the town of Egersund (see directions below). Beckoned by the sounds of rushing water, we walked southwards along the east side of the local road until we saw an obvious path leading closer to the river. After a few minutes of walking through a well-shaded area, we ended up on the rocky banks of the Bjerkreim River with this short waterfall in sight. During our trip here in June 2005, we never found Fotlandsfossen, and to this day, we still don’t know its whereabouts.
We were actively looking for this waterfall based on pre-trip notes, but I honestly think this one was a bit hard to find because there weren’t any explicit signs indicating its presence. As a result, we took a real roundabout way of getting to the falls, which hopefully our directions below will help you avoid.
From the junction of the Rv42 and Rv44 in the bustling town of Egersund, continue driving north on Rv44 towards the town of Tengs for about 2.5km. Then, turn right on the country road 51 (Fv51 where Fv stood for Fylkevei) and continue for just under 900m where the should be a bus stop signposted “Fotlandsbakken” on the left (west) side of the road.
In our June 2005 trip, we had passed through Egersund on the Rv44 but continued on the Rv42. We eventually got onto the E39 then we followed a signed local road leading south towards Tengsedal. That route through Tengsedal left E39 and reached Tengsfossen after about 12km.
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