Mordolefossen

Skjolden, Sogn og Fjordane County, Norway

About Mordolefossen


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2005-06-28
Date last visited: 2019-07-21

Waterfall Latitude: 61.44662
Waterfall Longitude: 7.55899

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Mordolefossen (or more accurately Mordølefossen) was a waterfall that Julie and I nearly confused with the more conspicuous Feigefossen nearby as they seemed to have a somewhat uncanny resemblance.

It turned out that we noticed this waterfall (just barely) as we were driving back from Jostedalen and headed towards Skjolden.

Mordolefossen_031_07212019 - Full context of Mordølefossen as seen across Lusterfjord in a brief lull on a bad weather day in July 2019
Full context of Mordølefossen as seen across Lusterfjord in a brief lull on a bad weather day in July 2019

That was when Julie spotted the falls from across the Luster Fjord (Lustrafjorden) and she captured it with her camera from the car while I was busy concentrating on the narrow road.

I was only able to identify this waterfall by name after the trip when we realized that Norgesglasset gave it a name.

When I came back 14 years later in 2019, I made sure to see how else this falls could be experienced.

What I found on that trip was that there were a handful of pullouts, including a picnic area, along the narrow Fv55 between Skjolden and Luster.

Lustrafjorden_036_jx_06282005 - Mordølefossen when we first saw it back in late June 2005
Mordølefossen when we first saw it back in late June 2005

Mordølefossen fell on the Mordalselvi, and it seemed to have reliable flow given that it was sourced by several lakes and tarns beneath Larsokfjellet and feeding Mordalen..

For all intents and purposes, experiencing this waterfall was a roadside affair.

The tricky part was knowing when and where to pull over considering how stressful driving the Fv55 can be due to its narrow width while supporting bi-directional traffic.

Authorities

Mordolefossen resides in the Luster Municipality near Skjolden in Sogn og Fjordane County, Norway. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.

Mordolefossen_002_07202019 - Looking across the Lusterfjord towards Mordølefossen with some swirling low clouds conspiring to block the views during my July 2019 visit
Mordolefossen_012_07202019 - Contextual view of Mordølefossen and the colorful Lusterfjord during my July 2019 visit
Mordolefossen_024_07212019 - Focused on Mordølefossen from perhaps the best pullout to view the falls
Mordolefossen_029_07212019 - Full context of Mordølefossen reflected in the calm Lusterfjord during my July 2019 visit
Skjolden_021_07212019 - Returning to the town of Skjolden as I was driving on the Fv55
Lustrafjorden_037_jx_06282005 - A more contextual view of Mordølefossen from the Road 55 as seen on our first trip to Norway in 2005

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The best way I can suggest where to experience Mordølefossen would be by pointing out exactly which pullouts that I’ve managed to stop and mark on my GPS logs.

Using the Mørkrisdalen turnoff (Fv333) at the Fv55 in Skjolden as a starting point, I drove west on the Fv55 for about 6.5km to a pullout on the left (fjord) side.

Mordolefossen_023_07212019 - Context of Mordølefossen and the nearly single-lane Fv55 Road
Context of Mordølefossen and the nearly single-lane Fv55 Road

That gave me my first view of Mordølefossen.

About 1.4km beyond the previous pullout (or about 600m from the exit of the tunnel), I reached what I consider to be the best viewpoint of Mordølefossen.

Finally, at another 900m or so, I encountered a very large pullout with a picnic area.

While this stop didn’t have the best view of Mordølefossen, it was a pretty relaxing place to chill out.

Going in the opposite direction from the Dalsdalen turnoff in Luster, I drove about 1.3km to get to the big pullout with picnic area on the right.

Mordolefossen_018_07212019 - The picnic area at the big pullout near the views across the Lusterfjord for the Mordølefossen
The picnic area at the big pullout near the views across the Lusterfjord for the Mordølefossen

After another 900m, I then encountered the best view of the falls.

And finally, at another 1.4km beyond the best view (just on the other side of the tunnel), I reached the first of the pullouts mentioned above.

For geographical context, Skjolden was about 30km (over 30 minutes drive) northeast of Ornes, 27km (30 minutes drive) northeast of Gaupne, about 43km (under an hour drive without a ferry) or 34km (over an hour drive with a ferry) northeast of Solvorn, 55km (about an hour drive) northeast of Sogndal, 47km (over an hour drive via the mountain pass on Fardalvegen/Tindevegen) north of Øvre Årdal, 124km (or 2.5 hours drive with a ferry crossing) north of Flåm, and 288km (over 4.5 hours drive with a ferry crossing) northeast of Bergen.

View across the Lustrafjord towards the Mordolefossen from a smaller pullout that's more directly across


Sweep from some larger pullout along the narrow Rv55 across the fjord towards Mordolefossen

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