Ryfylke, Rogaland County, Norway

About Hongavikfossen

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2005-06-24
Date last visited: 2005-06-24

Waterfall Latitude: 59.59536
Waterfall Longitude: 6.2809

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Hongavikfossen was a roadside waterfall spilling from high up the western cliffs flanking the Saudafjord before tumbling besides a tunnel (Hongavikfosstunnelen) then ultimately feeding the fjord itself.

The waterfall caught our attention as we were approaching that tunnel headed north on the drive from Sand to Sauda.

Hongavikfossen_016_06242005 - Hongavikfossen

According to our road atlas, it appeared to be fed by the lake Storavatnet further up the western cliffs of Saudafjorden despite its seemingly light-flowing characteristic.

According to Norgesglasset (an online map courtesy of Statens Kartverk), this waterfall seemed to have a bunch of names.

Of these names, I was only aware of the following: Hanganvikfossen (after the nearby community of Hanganvik) and Brudesløret (which I think means “the Bridal Veil”).

Alternate View from the Old Rv520

Although the falls was easily seen from within the car as we were driving north towards it, Julie and I found a little pullout and “trail” leading to the alternate view of the falls you see at the top of this page.

That “trail”, by the way, appeared to be where the old Rv520 went before the tunnel was completed.

It was merely a five-minute walk or so on the paved surface (which was started to become overgrown) beneath what appeared to be power lines.

This alternate view featured the lowermost tiers of the falls framed by an attractively peaceful section of the Saudafjord.

Hongavikfossen_005_06242005 - While pursuing the alternate view of Hongavikfossen, we looked across Saudafjorden and noticed this impressively large waterfall, which I think is called Maldalsfossen
While pursuing the alternate view of Hongavikfossen, we looked across Saudafjorden and noticed this impressively large waterfall, which I think is called Maldalsfossen

The overall height of the falls was said to be 155m.

During the short walk to the alternate view of Hongavikfossen, Julie and I also noticed another giant waterfall, which I think might be called Maldalsfossen.

That waterfall was far away across Saudafjorden, and perhaps a closer more satisfying view could be attained on the eastern side of the fjord near the community of Maldal.


Hongavikfossen resides in the Suldal Municipality. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or their Facebook page.

Hongavikfossen_005_jx_06242005 - Rv520 approaching Hongavikfossen
Hongavikfossen_003_06242005 - Looking across the Rv520 towards Hongavikfossen
Hongavikfossen_010_jx_06242005 - Hongavikfossen tumbling right beside the tunnel aptly named Hongavikfosstunnelen
Rv_520_002_jx_06242005 - Passing through the 4km long Hongavikfosstunnelen
Hongavikfossen_019_06242005 - On the other side of the tunnel, we found a small pullout and we then walked the bypass back towards Hongavikfossen
Hongavikfossen_008_06242005 - Contextual view looking across Saudafjorden towards what I think is Maldalsfossen
Hongavikfossen_010_06242005 - More focused zoomed in look at Maldalsfossen
Hongavikfossen_012_06242005 - Hongavikfossen and Saudafjorden seen from the tunnel bypass path

The falls is about 12km north of Ropeid (the western end of the ferry ride across the Sandsfjord [just south of Saudafjorden] from Sand) as we headed north on the Rv520 to Sauda from Sand. Note that the car ferry seemed to move across the fjord frequently so we didn’t have to do much planning and pre-coordination to get across (other than to wait for the ferry to show up and move us away).

Sand was roughly 3 hours drive northeast of Stavanger with a couple of other frequent ferry crossings along the way.

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Accident and the Bride’s Veil April 17, 2009 1:16 am by Thomas Moine - In the Fifties, a French couple in Honeymoon drove into the waterfall from the old road (along the tunnel). According to the story the flowers were found floating in the water, giving the name "Brudesløret" to the waterfall (The Bride's Veil). Both died. ...Read More

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