Furebergsfossen (I’ve also seen it spelled Furubergsfossen) was a waterfall that presented us quite the challenge to experience despite it being a roadside waterfall.
The problem was that the falls was so close to the road that whenever we attempted to get a full frontal view, we were bombarded with the waterfall’s mist thereby making it real hard to photograph.
The photo you see above was probably my best attempt at capturing as much of the falls as I could from the road.
However, that only comprised a very small fraction of the overall drop of the falls.
Even then, I had to constantly struggle to keep wiping the water from the lens in between many unsuccessful shots.
The source of this spectacular waterfall was the melting ice of the Folgefonn Glacier (or Folgefonna), which was one of the larger icefields in the country.
In any case, this was said to be the Kvinnherad municipality’s star waterfall attractive as it was said to tumble some 108m in height (though I’m guessing we only saw perhaps 30m or so of its height).
The falls spilled right into the Maurang Fjord (Maurangsfjorden) so I’d imagine that perhaps the best views of the waterfall could very well be by boat from the fjord itself.
Even though we didn’t exercise this option, from looking at the maps, it looked like it was possible to walk along the Furebergselva (the river responsible for the falls) up into the Furebergsdalen Valley.
This trail ultimately would lead towards the Folgefonna Glacier.
Given its extensive drainage and glacial source, I’d imagine that Furebergsfossen would easily flow year-round.
We happened to see it in July 2005, which probably coincided with the season of peak flow.
During my research, I learned that it wasn’t until June 2001 (merely four years prior to our visit) when the falls could be reached easily by car from Odda. Previously, it was said to only be accessible by ferry ride.
The breakthrough was when the long Folgefonn Tunnel (Folgefonntunnelen) was completed, which passed through the mountain beneath the large ice field of Folgefonna.
Driving through that tunnel definitely left an impression on us given its length.
From the Rv13/Eitrheimsvegen (Rv550) junction in Odda, we took the left road (Eitrheimsvegen) for about 4km until it junctions with Rv551 on the left. Turning left onto Rv551, the road then immediately entered the Folgefonn Tunnel. Beyond the 12km tunnel, it was another 14km along the narrow Rv551 as it skirted the southern shores of Maurangsfjorden eventually crossing the misty bridge passing just before Furebergsfossen. A large pullout or car park was situated just west of the bridge.
If you’ve read our Langfoss page, you’ll see upon a visit to this waterfall that we have a similar road toll situation where we had to pay twice. That was because the falls sits west of the bomstasjon (toll plaza) and we were coming and returning from the east. So again, given the high prices in Norway, this double whammy was painful.
For context, Odda is 134km (about 3 hours drive with a ferry crossing) east of Bergen. Odda is also 361km (over 5 hours drive) west of Oslo and 194km (over 3.5 hours drive with some ferry crossings) north of Stavanger.
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