Kallefossen was a waterfall that we sought after as a known waterfall found in the Norgesglasset online map courtesy of Statens Kartverk. What we saw was a tall slanting waterfall at the north end of the once-isolated Setesdal Valley (Setesdalen). It was a roadside stop for us, and it pretty much helped to break up the long drive we were doing from the town of Rjukan down to Kristiansand. We didn’t try to get a closer look at the falls by walking though we did take a side road to try to get a closer look. Unfortunately, those efforts didn’t yield anything that much better than what you see pictured at the top of this page. Nonetheless, we can’t say for certain if there was a path to its base or not since we didn’t really try this approach. However, we figured the views from the road were good enough anyways.
It was said that Setesdal Valley developed in isolation from the rest of the country because a modern highway wasn’t built to connect it with the modern world until the 1950s. Thus, the valley was said to be one of the most authentically Norwegian areas in the country. Since we were merely waterfalling in the valley and didn’t really extend our stay in the region, we didn’t really experience that authenticity ourselves. In any case, that highway that brought Setesdalen out of isolation was the very same one we used to visit both this waterfall while also driving further south to Kristiansand (see directions below).
Finally, we were made aware from the book “Adventure Roads in Norway” that the Valle Municipality also contained the highest waterfall in the Southern Norway region called Gloppefossen (said to be 250m of total drop). Julie pointed her camera in the opposite direction of Kallefossen towards a waterfall high up in the mountains, but we couldn’t be sure if that was indeed the correct waterfall. I guess with hindsight being 20/20, we probably should have taken the time to locate the start of the 2km walk and do it (again, see directions below).
Julie and I drove from the town of Rjukan southwest along the Rv37 then to the Rv45 to eventually join up with the Highway 9 in Setesdal Valley (Hwy [Riksvei] 9, by the way, was the very road running through Setesdal Valley that brought the valley out of isolation in the 1950s). This drive was about 138km. We spotted Kallefossen right at the Hwy 9 junction.
Coming from Kristiansand, it was 159km north along the Hwy 9 through Setesdal Valley.
Note that the side road we explored left the south side of the Hwy 9 about 4.4km north of Valle or 2.4km south of the Rv45/Hwy 9 junction.
Lastly, we suspect that the walk to Gloppefossen would be accessed after leaving Hwy 9 to the east in the village of Flateland just north of the Hwy 9/Rv45 junction. The trailhead was said to be located about 1.5km into the tractor road.
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