It seemed to Julie and I that a very underappreciated part of Eikesdalen Valley was further up the valley from the famous Mardalsfossen. This was where we found a plethora of big but seemingly unnamed waterfalls. Given how we would find one significant waterfall after another in a place so saturated with waterfalls, I couldn’t believe that none of these waterfalls were officially named. Perhaps that would explain why it might not be easy to find them on the internet (what keyword would you search for?), and thus it might also explain why there didn’t seem to be much literature about this place.
We think that’s a shame because we happened to stumble upon a place of surreal beauty that was simply too beautiful to ignore and let go by the wayside. So this page of the Eikesdalen Waterfalls was my attempt at acknowledging them, while making our attempt at identifying each one by the watercourses they belong to (and thus a candidate name for them as well). Indeed, we’ve rated these seemingly obscure and anonymous waterfalls with a pretty high score of 4, which attested to how highly we thought of our experience here. All of the waterfalls we’re featuring on this page were visible from either the local county roads 191 as well as the Aursjøvegen Road above the head of Eikesdal Valley.
The region of Eikesdalen and the waterfalls featured on this page were found in an area immediately south of the lake Eikesdalsvatnet. For directions on getting here, see the Mardalsfossen page.
From the south end of Eikesdalsvatnet, turn left past the bridge, then continue driving south on the unpaved local road. At that point, be on the lookout for waterfalls left and right. Towards the head of the Eikesdal Valley at Finnset, continue up the mountain road on Aursjøvegen, which I recalled also had a little bit of a toll, which I thought was justified given the type of steep terrain we were dealing with here.
The road climbs further up to the moors of the mountain plateau above Eikesdalen, and it eventually would end up in the Sunndalsøra township had we taken it all the way. We didn’t do that as we merely backtracked into Eikesdalen when we realized we probably wouldn’t be seeing any more waterfalls had we continued further onto the plateau.
For context, Åndalsnes was 106km (1.75 hours drive) west of Mardalsfossen, 303km (over 4 hours drive) southwest of Trondheim, 442km (over 5.5 hours drive) northwest of Oslo, and 508km (8 hours drive) northeast of Bergen.
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