Grongstadfossen (I’ve also seen it spelled Grungstadfossen) was said to be the tallest waterfall in the Høylandet municipality at 75m.
From the picnic area where we parked the car and got the view that you see at the top of this page, it was clear that the falls was very impressive.
Unfortunately, the view was very limited from where we were standing, and it left me wanting more out of the experience.
When I first showed up to this waterfall in July 2005, it was further complicated by the swarms of wasps that were also sharing the lookout and picnic area with Julie and I.
As Julie stayed in the car, I was fortunate that none of them stung me (it actually took me a while to figure out that these were indeed wasps), but it was nerve-wracking to say the least.
When I returned to Grongstadfossen in July 2019, I didn’t have a wasp issue, but I went looking around for a possible trail that might have led to the base of this impressive waterfall.
The Grongstadfossen Experience
On my first visit, there was a picnic table right at the overlook peering straight down at the sloping face of Grongstadfossen.
On my second visit, the picnic table was still there and the trees didn’t seem to block as much of the falls as before, but I did see signage around the overlook suggesting that there was a “tursti” (tourist path) around here.
At first, I thought all I needed to do was to go down the rough road that I was walking on, which would ultimately lead to level of the river Nordåa.
However, when I got down to some house or farm at the bottom of the road, it seemed like there was no other sanctioned way to go.
Further encouraged by a website feedback comment years ago suggesting there was a better and closer way to reach the falls, I probably spent a good hour or so looking for where this “tursti” was supposed to be.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have any luck, and I started to wonder if the farm below had obscured an old trail (especially with the clear-fell logging adjacent to the house) or if this trail ever existed in the first place!
So for all intents and purposes this was basically a nearly roadside waterfall to look at with little else on offer here despite the relics suggesting otherwise.
Thus, I can easily imagine a visit here taking no more than 15 minutes.
Even though Grongstadfossen was a short detour off of the Fv17 (the famous slow-drive up the Atlantic Coast or Kystriksveien) at the town of Høylandet, I will describe the driving directions from the closest town along the E6, which was at Grong.
From Grong, we drove a little over 9km to the signed turnoff on the left for the Fv775.
We then turned left onto the Fv775 and followed this road (once shared with lots of sheep back in 2005) for about 14km to the junction with the Fv17 in the town of Høylandet.
We then turned left onto the Fv17 (i.e. the famous Kystriksveien) where after about 800m, we followed the Grungstadfossen sign and turned right onto a local road.
We continued following the signs on this local road (a good chunk of it was unsealed) until we reached the car park on the left at about 1.4km.
For geographical context, the town of Grong was 49km (under an hour drive) east of Namsos, 80km (about an hour drive) north of Steinkjer, 200km (under 3 hours drive) north of Trondheim, 192km (under 3 hours drive) south of Mosjøen, and 279km (about 4 hours drive) south of Mo I Rana.
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