Ulsak / Hemsedal, Buskerud County, Norway

About Hydnefossen

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2005-06-27
Date last visited: 2005-06-27

Waterfall Latitude: 60.81185
Waterfall Longitude: 8.62334

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

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.

Hydnefossen_002_cropped_06272005 - Hydnefossen

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).

Hydnefossen_006_06272005 - Hydnefossen seen from straight on
Hydnefossen seen from straight on

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

Hydnefossen_001_06272005 - We were on the Rv52 as we were approaching Hydnefossen plunging beneath Veslehorn Mountain
Hydnefossen_002_06272005 - Getting a little bit closer to Hydnefossen
Hydnefossen_003_06272005 - Direct view of Hydnefossen from a field just off the Rv52
Rv_52_010_jx_06272005 - Back on the road through the moors on Rv52 as we were headed back to Lærdal but racing against the onset of darkness around 10:30pm

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.

Hemsedal was 30km north on the Rv52 of where the Rv52, Mv7, and Road 51 intersected at the town of Gol. Gol was about 156km north of Oslo.

From the north, Hemsedal was about 81km east-southeast of Lærdalsøyri, which was the approach that we took. This drive took over an hour each way.

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Hydnefossen – Do the trail! August 14, 2010 10:20 am by Fam. Janssen - We were at Hydnefossen last July 2010 and did the trail with a guide to the Veslehorn. It was a beautiful trip and we would encourage everyone to do that. ...Read More
Double Waterfalls (Hydnefossen) August 20, 2008 1:29 pm by Rose - We drove past Hydnefosen on 21 July 2007 and there was a lot more water falling. I would like to add that when we saw these falls while driving on the road (Route 52 heading north/northwest), they looked very high compared to the surrounding valley. I remember thinking that this was something out of Lord… ...Read More

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