Linndalsfossen (I’ve also seen it referred to as Linndalsfallet) was the last of the three waterfalls that I saw from the community of Åmotan (especially near the Jenstad Farm). Åmotan was a special place in my mind because it was where three or four thundering rivers all converged, and so that was probably a really big reason why I saw so many large waterfalls (including Linndalsfallet) at this spot. Unlike the first two waterfalls (Svøufossen and Reppdalsfossen), I had to earn a view of this mammoth 280m waterfall by doing a fairly involved hike. So it was for this reason that it was also the hardest of the three to reach. But even with that said, I thought the hike didn’t take nearly as long as the signs had led me to believe (which suggested it was 2 hours return). I ended up taking about half that time so I wasn’t sure if it was the signs being overly conservative or if I was going really fast (not that likely). Perhaps the average pace would be something more on the order of 90 minutes give or take.
For this hike, I started from the first car park (see directions below). However, instead of walking towards Reppdalsfossen and Svøufossen, I went up the hill in the other direction towards Gammelsætra (a hytta or mountain cabin) high up along the Linndøla River. The trail was gradually uphill with a few steep, overgrown, and narrow sections along the way. It meandered amongst some wooded terrain with a few open spots allowing me some panoramic views of the general Åmotan area with cascades in the distance. The whole way, I saw those familiar spraypainted red Ts as trail markers courtesy of Den Norske Turistforeningen or DNT.
Eventually, I started to hear the roar of a waterfall, which hastened my paces even more. I’d ultimately reach an open part of an outcrop perched high above a steep ravine. It was from this spot that I was finally able to get a view of Linndalsfossen draped at the head of the canyon across the ravine before me. I didn’t entertain going any closer to the falls or continuing on to Gammelsætra as I was quite content with the view from this spot.
Linndalsfossen kind of reminded me of how Illilouette Fall in Yosemite would look like had it been possible to view directly. Linndalsfallet had a very steep vertical drop, but enough of the Linndøla’s drop made contact with the underlying cliff face to make the falls spread and fan out giving it somewhat of a “plush” appearance. In fact, it might have been a precursor to what I’d imagine a visit to Feather Falls in Plumas National Forest in California (which I hadn’t visited yet) would be like given how they seemed to be similarly-sized as well as somewhat similar in appearance. Anyways, from what I could tell, there was no way I could get down into the canyon from the outcrop I was at, especially given how rugged the canyon itself was.
When I had my fill of the impressive waterfall, I at least got to look forward to the all downhill hike on the way back to the trailhead where Julie was waiting patiently for me in the car.
Detailed driving directions are given in our Svøufossen and Reppdalsfossen page. The first car park (mentioned in that other page) was where the Linndalsfossen trail began. It was about 200m before the second car park. A self-help 20kr toll was charged for parking.
For further context, Sunndalsøra was 68km (1 hour drive) west of Oppdal, 128km (2 hours drive) east of Åndalsnes, 187km (over 2.5 hours drive) southwest of Trondheim, 466km (6 hours drive) north of Oslo, and 578km (over 8.5 hours drive with ferry crossings) northeast of Bergen.
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