Hydnefossen was our waterfalling excuse to explore a little bit of the famed Hemsedal area during our June 2005 trip to Norway. The claim to fame of Hemsedal was that it was a major Winter ski resort area so our Summer visit wasn’t exactly the time to come here if seeing it buzzing with activity would be a reason for a visit. However, it did allow us to see the waterfall flow, which we learned that during the Winter, sometimes expert ice climbers would ascend this waterfall! These climbers were faced with a 140m plunge (with 475m culumative height) watched over by the prominent 1300m Veslehorn mountain.
Julie and I were easily able to see the waterfall from the Rv52 highway as well as from a field right in front of the falls. While this multi-columned waterfall looked pretty substantial in profile (as you can see from the photo at the top of this page), when we started to see it directly, it seemed to be much lighter-flowing than what our initial angled views would have suggested. So given these observations, I’d imagine that its seemingly light flow at the start of Summer meant that it probably wouldn’t last through the season and would be best seen in the Spring months.
Our roadside and near-roadside views of the falls was pretty much the extent of our visit. However, there did appear to be a walking path that went closer to the falls (and possibly to its top as part of the Veslehorn summit trail). Since it was almost 9pm by the time we showed up with at least an hour drive back to our accommodation in Lærdal, there was no way we would have the time to do this hike.
Finally, Julie and I remembered our Hemsedal visit most from a late evening pizza dinner in town. Besides seeing the sun still up after 9pm, the real unusual thing about our visit was that we ended up spending about $50 USD for one wheel of pizza! It was probably the most expensive pizza we ever had at the time, and it kind of underscored how expensive everything seemed to be during our visit to Norway.
Hydnefossen was about 7.5km (between 5 to 10 minutes drive) south of the center of the resort town of Hemsedal along Rv52. We saw no formal pullouts to view the falls, but we used some of the turnoffs to temporarily park the car and walk to get a better view. There also appeared to be an inner unpaved road (labeled Road 233 on my map) closer to the Veslehorn mountain. It left and rejoined the Rv52 connecting the towns of Hemsedal and Ullsåk.
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