The Eikesdal Valley Waterfalls and the Aursjovegen Waterfalls

Eikesdal / Sunndalsora, More og Romsdal County, Norway

About The Eikesdal Valley Waterfalls and the Aursjovegen Waterfalls


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2005-07-03
Date last visited: 2019-07-16

Waterfall Latitude: 62.41069
Waterfall Longitude: 8.39263

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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 all along the head of Eikesdalen Valley.

Aursjovegen_014_07032005 - A bunch of waterfalls spilling into the head of Eikesdalen on the Aursjøvegen Road as seen on our first visit in early July 2005
A bunch of waterfalls spilling into the head of Eikesdalen on the Aursjøvegen Road as seen on our first visit in early July 2005

However, the hits didn’t stop there.

We also went up the toll mountain road bridging Eikesdal Valley with the Litldal Valley while passing over the mountain plateau spanning the two valleys.

Not only did we see such an incredible display of waterfalls (especially on our first visit in early July 2005 as shown in the photo above), but we also witnessed some of Norway’s other tall but unsung waterfalls in the Litldalen Valley.

One such waterfall was named and it happened to be the Tagfossen (or Tågfossen) where it dropped about 859m over its entire run between the Tågvatna and the Dalavatnet down below.

Aursjovegen_236_07162019 - Tågfossen with the Dalavatna down below as seen looking back into Litldalen during my evening drive on the Aursjøvegen in July 2019
Tågfossen with the Dalavatna down below as seen looking back into Litldalen during my evening drive on the Aursjøvegen in July 2019

That said, there have been more modest measurements of 706m, which still puts Tågfossen amongst the tallest waterfalls in Norway (although it doesn’t seem to have reliably permanent year-round flow).

In any case, such a smorgasbord of waterfalls in a single driving excursion deserves to have a write-up dedicated to it, and that’s why I’ve put together this page.

The route I’m describing here covers the Fv191 county road south from the mouth of Eikesdalsvatnet to the head of Eikesdalen Valley, then going east on the mountain plateau as part of Aursjøvegen, before going northwards through Litldalen towards the town of Sunndalsøra.

This drive covers about 94km and would likely take about 2.5 hours without stops.

Aursjovegen_030_07162019 - The toll boom blocking further progress onto the Aursjøvegen at Finnset unless a payment is remitted (I was able to use credit card as of July 2019)
The toll boom blocking further progress onto the Aursjøvegen at Finnset unless a payment is remitted (I was able to use credit card as of July 2019)

Of this stretch, 52.5km was on the toll mountain road called Aursjøvegen which started at an automated toll boom by Finnset in the west and near the Dalabrua in Litldalen in the east.

Personally, I’d recommend allowing yourself at least a half-day to experience this drive though if you do intend to make stops or hikes along the way, you probably would want an entire day devoted to this route.

From the mouth of Eikesdalsvatnet to the head of Eikesdalen

As mentioned in the Mardalsfossen write-up, we’ve managed to observe several waterfalls (mostly unnamed) along the Fv191 seen across the lake Eikedalsvatnet.

Of course, the most notable waterfall of those seen across the lake was the Mardalsfossen itself.

Aursjovegen_012_07162019 - Looking across the Litlevatnet towards the waterfall on Kjøtåa near the head of Eikesdalen on the way to Finnset
Looking across the Litlevatnet towards the waterfall on Kjøtåa near the head of Eikesdalen on the way to Finnset

As we continued to drive south on the Fv191 deeper into Eikesdalen beyond the Mardalsfossen turnoff, we then found ourselves surrounded by other big waterfalls that seemingly didn’t have names.

The first waterfall I encountered or noticed in this head-of-Eikesdalen stretch was on the Rangåa Stream, where a few segmented strands were noticeable on the west-facing wall. However, on my second visit, I didn’t seem to notie them as much.

At around 6km south of the Mardalsfossen turnoff I noticed a waterfall on the Kjøtåa Stream on the west-facing wall of Eikesdalen, which was visible across the small lake Litlevatnet.

Around 700m further, I noticed another tall waterfall on a west-facing cliff wall. This time, it was on the Ramnåa Stream fronted by some farm buildings for a sense of scale.

Eikesdalen_035_jx_07032005 - A pair of attractive waterfalls spilling into the head of Eikesdalen, whose watercourses I think are called Tverrgrova (right) and Høvla (left) as seen in July 2005, which featured a bit higher flow than on my 2019 visit
A pair of attractive waterfalls spilling into the head of Eikesdalen, whose watercourses I think are called Tverrgrova (right) and Høvla (left) as seen in July 2005, which featured a bit higher flow than on my 2019 visit

Still, another 1.3km further to the south on the east-facing wall, I noticed a pair of waterfalls tumbling side-by-side on the streams Høvla and Tverrgrøva.

Although these were the waterfalls that I happened to notice the most, that’s not to say that there could have easily been more waterfalls depending on the amount of snowmelt that was occurring at the time.

Aursjøvegen from Finnset to Aursjøhytta

At about 10km south of the Mardalsfossen turnoff, I reached a signed junction in the road where the left fork went to the hamlet of Finnset while the right fork went up the Aursjøvegen.

Pretty much right off the bat, there was an automatic toll boom where you make a credit card payment in order to lift the boom.

Aursjovegen_001_jx_07032005 - Looking back towards the hamlet of Finnset, which seemed way less developed in 2005 when this photo was taken as compared to 2019, which you can see in the photo gallery further below on this page
Looking back towards the hamlet of Finnset, which seemed way less developed in 2005 when this photo was taken as compared to 2019, which you can see in the photo gallery further below on this page

From there, the road made a steep climb up a handful of switchbacks as it afforded some mindblowing views back down into the U-shaped Eikesdal Valley.

At around 5km up this narrow unpaved road, I got to what I called the “Many Falls” view, where several waterfalls could tumble down towards the head of Eikesdalen in one place such as what you see in the 2005 photo at the top of this page.

As the climb started to peter out and follow along the highland plateau, we noticed a few more waterfalls across the canyon as well as a gushing one right on the Aura itself.

At a little over 10km from the Finnset toll boom, I made a brief stop at an interesting cabin next to an alpine tarn.

Aursjovegen_121_07162019 - Looking towards a cabin and alpine tarn on the mountain plateau between Eikesdalen and Litldalen along the Aursjøvegen
Looking towards a cabin and alpine tarn on the mountain plateau between Eikesdalen and Litldalen along the Aursjøvegen

Beyond this cabin, the road went another 8km or so towards the Aursjøhytta perched right above where the dam wall holding up the Aursjøen Reservoir was located.

If you’re not in a hurry, this seemed like a suitable place to take a break.

Aursjøvegen from Aursjøhytta through Litldalen

Beyond the Aursjøhytta, the road then veered northwards.

At around 16km from the Aursjøhytta, I encountered a waterfall seen across the Langvatnet though I wasn’t exactly sure which stream it was on.

Aursjovegen_153_07162019 - Looking back towards the Aursjøhytta and part of Aursjøen as I was making my way north into Litldalen
Looking back towards the Aursjøhytta and part of Aursjøen as I was making my way north into Litldalen

At nearly 20km from the Aursjøhytta, I made it to a turnoff by the Ostbu, which led to a dam holding up the Langvatnet.

At this point, the narrow road started going down for about 4km before making an even sharper descent down a handful of switchbacks as the road was entering Litldalen.

While the plateau scenery was a bit more subtle and flatter, this descent into Litldalen represented a shift back to the dramatic as nearly vertical cliffs flanked the narrow canyon.

Towards the bottom of the descent (nearly 5km from the top of Litldalen), I encountered the head of a small lake called Litlvatnet, which preceded the Dalavatnet.

Aursjovegen_202_07162019 - Looking into Litldalen just as I was making the steep descent into the valley
Looking into Litldalen just as I was making the steep descent into the valley

There was an attractive cascade on the Svannhammarbekken was acted as a pretty backdrop to the reflective lake.

Then, I continued driving north on the road as it hugged around the eastern shore of Dalavatnet.

I ultimately found a pullout near the mouth of the lake, and that was where I walked back to get a nice look at Tågfossen framing the Dalavatnet and the Litldalen Valley.

After having my fill of Tågfossen, I then continued driving north as I passed the other toll boom in another 1km beyond the place I pulled out just north of Tågfossen.

Aursjovegen_238_07162019 - Looking back towards the Dalavatnet with the bottom of Tågfossen framing the left side and a waterfall sliding on the Svannhammarbekken in the distance to the right
Looking back towards the Dalavatnet with the bottom of Tågfossen framing the left side and a waterfall sliding on the Svannhammarbekken in the distance to the right

Eventually, the road started to get smoother and wider as I went past the Trædal Hotel turnoff at a little over 6km north of the Litldalen toll boom.

In another 850m the road rejoined the Rv70 just southwest of the sentrum of Sunndalsøra thereby ending this epic drive.

Overall, I spent about 4 hours on this drive if I don’t count the Mardalsfossen hike so that should give you an idea of the time commitment involved.

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The waterfalls on this page reside in the Nesset Municipality. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Eikesdalen_001_07162019 - The dramatic scenery already started as the Fv660 was descending into Eikesdalen to meet up with the Fv191 road
Eikesdalen_005_07162019 - Looking across the hamlet of Eresfjord and the mouth of Eikesdalen as the Fv660 was descending towards the Fv191 road
Eikesdalen_009_07162019 - Driving south on the Fv191 county road deeper into Eikesdalen
Eikesdalen_017_07162019 - Continuing to cross the Eikesdalen and approaching the mouth of Eikesdalsvatnet as the Fv191 road started to continue south on the eastern shore of the lake
Eikesdalen_020_07162019 - Heading south along the Fv191 county road as it started to skirt around the Eikesdalsvatnet's eastern shores
Eikesdalen_024_07162019 - Already starting to see waterfalls across the Eikesdalsvatnet while driving south along the Fv191
Eikesdalen_032_07162019 - The Fv191 county road was narrow and mostly single-lane as it passed through shelters and tunnels on its way south along the eastern banks of Eikesdalsvatnet
Eikesdalen_035_07162019 - Looking back across another waterfall while going south on the Fv191 road
Eikesdalen_054_07162019 - One of the larger waterfalls not named Mardalsfossen encountered while driving south on the Fv191
Eikesdalen_056_07162019 - Looking northwards back towards the mouth of Eikesdalsvatnet while driving south along the Fv191
Eikesdalen_069_07162019 - Context of Mardalsfossen as seen while driving south along the narrow Fv191 county road
Aursjovegen_005_07162019 - Driving further south into the head of Eikesdalen as I continued south of the Mardalsfossen turnoff
Aursjovegen_010_07162019 - Another contextual look at the Fv191 road heading deeper into Eikesdalen Valley
Aursjovegen_015_07162019 - Looking towards a tall cascade tumbling into Eikesdalen, which I think was on the Ramnåa Stream
Aursjovegen_018_07162019 - Direct look towards the waterfall on Ramnåa Stream while continuing south on the Fv191
Aursjovegen_026_07162019 - Looking against the east-facing wall towards the combination of Tverrgrova (right) and Høvla (left)
Aursjovegen_028_07162019 - Driving deeper into Eikesdalen in the direction of Finnset
Aursjovegen_032_07162019 - While on the Aursjøvegen toll road, this view was looking back towards Finnset, which looked much more developed and cleared as compared to our 2005 photo from this same view (seen further up on this page)
Aursjovegen_036_07162019 - On the narrow and steep Aursjøvegen toll road, which climbed quickly up to the mountain plateau
Aursjovegen_051_07162019 - Going up one of the switchbacks on the Aursjøvegen road with Eikesdalen in the background
Aursjovegen_058_07162019 - Looking into the head of Eikesdalen though there seemed to be fewer or thinner waterfalls than when we first saw this spot back in July 2005
Aursjovegen_063_07162019 - Some kind of plaque or memorial or something in Norwegian that I noticed near the top of the climb out of Eikesdalen Valley
Aursjovegen_067_07162019 - Another look into the head of Eikesdalen Valley from higher up the Aursjøvegen toll road
Aursjovegen_073_07162019 - Looking towards the very head of Eikesdalen Valley where there still appeared to be more waterfalls tumbling into the valley
Aursjovegen_081_07162019 - Context of some of the waterfalls right at the head of Eikesdalen as seen from the Aursjøvegen toll road
Aursjovegen_087_07162019 - All zoomed in on a pair of twisting waterfalls right at the head of Eikesdalen as seen looking down from the Aursjøvegen toll road
Aursjovegen_097_07162019 - Looking back in the direction of Eikesdalen while continuing further along the Aursjøvegen toll road on the mountain plateau
Aursjovegen_098_07162019 - Context of the barren plateau drive along the Aursjøvegen toll road between Eikesdalen and Litldalen
Aursjovegen_108_07162019 - Looking across more streams and waterfalls from the mountain plateau along the Aursjøvegen toll road
Aursjovegen_119_07162019 - A cabin and alpine tarn next to it while driving along the Aursjøvegen toll road
Aursjovegen_126_07162019 - More barren expanses on the mountain plateau that the Aursjøvegen toll road passed through
Aursjovegen_129_07162019 - The Aursjøvegen toll road fronting a rock wall dam holding up the reservoir Aursjøen
Aursjovegen_141_07162019 - The Aursjøvegen toll road going past the Aursjøhytta as it continued to start veering north towards Litldalen
Aursjovegen_158_07162019 - Heading north along the Aursjøvegen toll road
Aursjovegen_163_07162019 - Looking back towards the Aursjøen as I continued my journey north into Litldalen
Aursjovegen_167_07162019 - Looking across one of the tarns towards a twisting cascade as seen on the Aursjøvegen toll road
Aursjovegen_176_07162019 - Continuing to head north along the Aursjøvegen toll road surrounded by tarns and reservoirs
Aursjovegen_188_07162019 - Heading north along the Aursjøvegen toll road after going past Osbu and entering Litldalen
Aursjovegen_197_07162019 - Descending into Litldalen along the Aursjøvegen toll road
Aursjovegen_201_07162019 - Looking back at some cascade tumbling by the Aursjøvegen toll road near the top of Litldalen
Aursjovegen_209_07162019 - On the descending Aursjøvegen toll road with some power lines and cascades in the distance
Aursjovegen_218_07162019 - Looking over Litlvatnet towards the Svannhammarbekken Waterfall spilling into it as seen from the Aursjøvegen toll road
Aursjovegen_221_07162019 - Looking up at some waterfall that I noticed in Litldalen as the Aursjøvegen toll road continued to head north to the mouth of the valley
Aursjovegen_223_07162019 - Driving around Litlvatnet while going north on the Aursjøvegen toll road
Aursjovegen_226_07162019 - Looking across Litlvatnet directly towards the Svannhammarbekken Waterfall from the Aursjøvegen toll road
Aursjovegen_228_07162019 - Looking downstream over Dalavatnet from the Aursjøvegen toll road
Aursjovegen_230_07162019 - Looking back over Dalavatnet towards Svannhammarbekken Waterfall from the Aursjøvegen toll road
Aursjovegen_231_07162019 - Looking back towards the tall Tågfossen from the Aursjøvegen toll road
Aursjovegen_237_07162019 - Looking back at the context of Tågfossen with Dalavatnet down below as seen from along the Aursjøvegen toll road
Aursjovegen_239_07162019 - One of the pullouts that I stopped for in order to check out Tågfossen along the Aursjøvegen toll road
Aursjovegen_240_07162019 - Another one of the cascades maybe on the Kvambekken or Brubekken after passing by the Tågfossen along the Aursjøvegen toll road
Aursjovegen_241_07162019 - Another waterfall seen in Litldalen as I was about to leave the Aursjøvegen toll road
Aursjovegen_242_07162019 - Looking back at the context of a couple of thin waterfalls in Litldalen from the Aursjøvegen toll road
Aursjovegen_245_07162019 - Continuing north on the Aursjøvegen toll road as I was about to approach the mouth of Litldalen
Aursjovegen_247_07162019 - Power lines and power pylons taken the energy from all the hydro plants and diverting them to the heavy industries at Sunndalsøra
Eikesdalen_022_jx_07032005 - This tall but thin waterfall in Eikesdalen was the first one we saw when we left Mardalsfossen in early July 2005.  I believe it was on either the Sandgrova watercourse or Bruåa watercourse.  So I guess it could be called Sandgrovafossen or Bruåafossen, depending on which watercourse it belonged to
Eikesdalen_003_07032005 - Another look at the waterfall on Sandgrova or Bruåa from back in July 2005
Eikesdalen_004_07032005 - This series of thin waterfalls near what appeared to be the mouth of a lake or thick part of the Aura River, and it might be on the brook Almelibekken (Almelibekkfossen?) or Rangåa (Rangåafossen?) as seen in 2005
Eikesdalen_006_07032005 - This conspicuous pair of waterfalls were on the streams Tverrgrova (right) and Høvla (left) so I guess we could call them Tverrgrovafossen and Høvlafossen, respectively. They seemed to have had better flow in 2005 than when I saw them again in 2019
Eikesdalen_039_jx_07032005 - Another look at the impressive pair of waterfalls on the Tverrgrova and Høvla watercourses
Eikesdalen_009_07032005 - Looking back on the unpaved local road 191 towards the series of thin waterfalls on the east wall of Eikesdalen (possibly on the brook Almelibekken or the stream Rangåa in 2005
Eikesdalen_025_jx_07032005 - Looking over a lawn back towards the series of thin brooks (possibly on Almelibekken or Rangåa) as seen in 2005
Aursjovegen_026_jx_07032005 - The mindblowing precipitous views of Eikesdalen from the Aursjøvegen Road was probably the highlight of our brief out-and-back detour to the valley after visiting Mardalsfossen during our first visit back in early July 2005
Eikesdalen_010_07032005 - Looking towards some thin and probably unnamed waterfall tumbling down the east wall of Eikesdalen in 2005
Eikesdalen_029_jx_07032005 - Thick waterfall in Eikesdalen on the Kjøtåa watercourse (Kjøtåafossen?) in 2005
Eikesdalen_045_jx_07032005 - Attractive and tall waterfall in Eikesdalen on the Ramnåa watercourse (Ramnåafossen?)
Aursjovegen_001_07032005 - Julie checking out a glorious scene right off the Aursjøvegen Road.  That first waterfall might be on the Slættabekken brook (Slættabekkfossen?)
Aursjovegen_041_jx_07032005 - This was Julie's view of that first waterfall that might be on the Slættabekken brook (Slættabekkfossen?)
Aursjovegen_008_07032005 - We still saw a few more waterfalls further down at the head of Eikesdalen as we went further up Aursjøvegen
Aursjovegen_010_07032005 - Looking down at still more waterfalls as we drove up along Aursjøvegen Road
Aursjovegen_011_07032005 - When Julie and I got this far into Aursjøvegen on our first visit in 2005, we decided to turn back since we figured we wouldn't be seeing any more waterfalls belonging to Eikesdalen
Aursjovegen_013_jx_07032005 - One last look back at the highland plateau above Eikesdalen before we descended back into the valley on our 2005 trip
Aursjovegen_018_jx_07032005 - Following the narrow road back into Eikesdalen
Aursjovegen_021_jx_07032005 - Some parts of the road looked scary as it seemed like we were about to drive off the edge of a cliff
Aursjovegen_022_jx_07032005 - Looking down into Eikesdalen from Aursjøvegen Road as we headed back down into the valley.  That's Eikesdalen in the distance
Aursjovegen_029_jx_07032005 - Direct look at what I think is Slættabekkfossen in 2005
Aursjovegen_034_jx_07032005 - Looking back at another waterfall across the valley from Slættabekkfossen, which I think might be Seljefonnbekkfossen
Eikesdalen_037_jx_07032005 - Looking across Eikesdalen towards some thin waterfall fronted by power lines
Eikesdalen_045_jx_07032005 - Looking towards the full length of another tumbling cascade in Eikesdalen fronted by some kind of red building for a sense of scale
Eikesdalen_049_jx_07032005 - Looking towards the bottom of a thick waterfall near the head of Eikesdalen
Eikesdalen_050_jx_07032005 - Looking towards another tumbling waterfall in Eikesdalen
Eikesdalen_014_07032005 - Looking across Eikesdalsvatnet towards some other impressive waterfall in the vicinity of Mardalsfossen as we were about to head north out of Eikesdalen Valley

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The route described on this page began south of the hamlet of Eresfjord at the lake Eikesdalsvatnet, and it ended just south of the town of Sunndalsøra.

Aursjovegen_053_07162019 - Climbing up on the Aursjøvegen as I was ascending above Eikesdalen and onto the mountain plateau
Climbing up on the Aursjøvegen as I was ascending above Eikesdalen and onto the mountain plateau

Because the driving directions were already described in detail in the Mardalsfossen page, I’m punting you to that page to get to the start of the drive on the west side.

To get to the east side (if your desire is to do this drive in reverse of what was described on this page), then you can route to Sunndalsøra and look for the turnoff going into Litldalen.

This turnoff was about 1.1km east of the Hammartunnelen exit on the right.

In the other direction, it was about 2km west of the roundabout where the Rv70 and Fv62 intersected at the Sunndalsøra sentrum on the left.

Aursjovegen_227_07162019 - Driving north on Litldalen on the eastern end of the Aursjøvegen
Driving north on Litldalen on the eastern end of the Aursjøvegen

For context, Åndalsnes was 128km (under 2 hours drive) west of Sunndalsøra, about 54km (over an hour drive) northeast of Valldalen, 87km (over 2 hours drive with a ferry crossing) northeast of Geiranger, 105km (under 90 minutes drive) northwest of Dombås, 108km (90 minutes drive) east of Ålesund, 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.

360 degree sweep showing the various waterfalls at the head of Eikesdalen


Sweep higher up the Aursjovegen showing waterfalls at the head of Eikesdalen as well as an impressive one down within the gorge as part of the river running through the valley


360 degree sweep starting from an alpine tarn next to a hytta before panning over to see the other waterfalls in the area


360 degree sweep covering the head of Litledalen and some of the waterfalls spilling into it


360 degree sweep as well as a little exploring of the waterfalls within Litldalen including an emphasis on checking out Tagfossen

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