The Romsdal Valley Waterfalls

Romsdal, More og Romsdal County, Norway

About The Romsdal Valley Waterfalls


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2005-07-02
Date last visited: 2019-07-17

Waterfall Latitude: 62.43837
Waterfall Longitude: 7.81103

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The Romsdalen Waterfalls page is where I’m clumping the various roadside or nearly roadside waterfalls that we encountered in the famed Romsdal Valley (Romsdalen).

While we do have separate write-ups for some of the waterfalls in the valley, I’m using this page to act as sort of a waterfalls road guide.

Romsdalen_243_07162019 - Ølmåfossen, which very well could be the tallest and most prominent of the waterfalls in Romsdal Valley that was not adversely affected by hydroelectric power plants
Ølmåfossen, which very well could be the tallest and most prominent of the waterfalls in Romsdal Valley that was not adversely affected by hydroelectric power plants

Then again, there were simply way too many waterfalls to single out in the valley.

So I will try to walk you through the waterfalls that we did stop for (or at least document) on either or both of our visits (in 2005 and 2019).

The following description assumes that we were driving from south to north using Dombas as a starting point.

I would give this drive at least two hours, but you can also spend 3-4 hours at a more leisurely pace with more stops.

Experiencing the Romsdalen Waterfalls – Kleivafossen and Svaåafossen

The first waterfall that we actually noticed was the Svaåafossen, which dropped in segments from high up on a distant east-facing cliff.

Romsdalen_015_jx_07022005 - Kleivafossen as seen in early July 2005
Kleivafossen as seen in early July 2005

It was because we noticed this waterfall that we looked for pullouts to allow us a better view of it.

It turned out that we found a couple of pullouts yielding decent views of this falls without getting in the way of the E136 traffic.

The main one was at a large pullout a short distance past the county border between Oppland and Møre og Romsdal on the left. This was about 61.5km north of E6/E136 roundabout in Dombås.

When Julie and I first came here in early July 2005, there was a path that led downhill from this pullout, and it brought us down to a spot where we found a pair of converging waterfalls.

It turned out that the waterfall facing us (as you see in the photo above) was on the Ulvåa Stream while the one in profile coming in from the left was on the Rauma River itself.

Romsdalen_003_jx_07022005 - When we backtracked on the E136 now headed southeast, we then found the next pullout where we got this view of Svaåafossen in the distance shortly before scrambling to find a better view of Kleivafossen. This photo was from 2005
When we backtracked on the E136 now headed southeast, we then found the next pullout where we got this view of Svaåafossen in the distance shortly before scrambling to find a better view of Kleivafossen. This photo was from 2005

I informally gave it the name “Kleivafossen” because it was near the hamlet of Kleiva, but I swore there was an old Norgesglasset map that actually labeled this falls Kleivafossen.

However, the later versions of the map (now Norgeskart) didn’t seem to have that placename (stednavn) anymore.

After having our fill of both waterfalls from this pullout, we then drove a little further north (about 700m) to the next unmarked pullout on the left, which yielded a more frontal view of the Svaåafossen.

When I made a return trip to the Romsdal Valley in 2019, it appeared that the pullout where I was able to hike down to Kleivafossen was now closed off.

While the pullout was still big and still there, it now had a speed camera as well as gates and fencing to prevent anyone from going down to Kleivafossen without trespassing.

Romsdalen_151_07162019 - The pullout where we used to be able to scramble down to Kleivafossen now has a speed camera as well as gates and fences fronting a house
The pullout where we used to be able to scramble down to Kleivafossen now has a speed camera as well as gates and fences fronting a house

I couldn’t find an alternative way to get down there, so I guess this one is now pretty much for posterity.

In addition, I also noticed that Svaåafossen had considerably less flow than on our first visit in early July 2005.

So all these factors made me wonder if this was merely a minor ephemeral waterfall or if it really had staying power.

Experiencing the Romsdalen Waterfalls – Brufossen

While I was trying to find an alternative to accessing Kleivafossen without trespassing, I accidentally stumbled upon another pullout with a clearing on the left side of the E136 (about 62.7km north of Dombås).

This was the next pullout north of the above-mentioned one with a direct view of Svaåafossen.

Romsdalen_166_07162019 - Looking down towards what I think was Brufossen on the Rauma River as seen from the E136 by the deep high-clearance clearing
Looking down towards what I think was Brufossen on the Rauma River as seen from the E136 by the deep high-clearance clearing

It also had a deep curb or embankment to get into the clearing so I’d imagine that low clearance vehicles might get their undersides scraped (I was going real slow so as to not do that with my rental car).

That said, this clearing appeared to belong to some landowner, and there wasn’t a marked path.

But the maps seemed to suggest that this was the nearest place to check out Brufossen on the Rauma River.

Since I didn’t make it down to anywhere I could see it from up close, I can’t substantiate this.

However, I did manage to catch a glimpse of where I think Brufossen was supposed to be from the E136 itself right by this clearing.

Experiencing the Romsdalen Waterfalls – Raudhåafossen

Romsdalen_021_jx_07022005 - This was the waterfall I called Raudåafossen, which was the waterfall where I witnessed someone rounding a bend too fast and hitting a guardrail during our first visit to Norway in 2005
This was the waterfall I called Raudåafossen, which was the waterfall where I witnessed someone rounding a bend too fast and hitting a guardrail during our first visit to Norway in 2005

At roughly 64.1km north of Dombås, the E136 crossed over a bridge fronting an easy-to-miss waterfall on the Raudhåa Stream, which I’ve dubbed the Raudhåafossen.

When I first stopped for this waterfall, I recalled finding a pullout near this bridge, then walked to the bridge itself for a photo.

Just as I was doing that, some other driver that took a turn from the south a bit too fast managed to crash into a guardrail not far from the bridge I was standing on!

It was scary to say the least, but that event was why this otherwise unremarkable waterfall was memorable to me.

It’s interesting to note that when I came back in 2019, the E136 was considerably straighter than it was in 2005.

So that turn that the guy took a turn way too fast back then wouldn’t have had that problem today!

Experiencing the Romsdalen Waterfalls – Slettafossen

We have a dedicated page for this waterfall.

Experiencing the Romsdalen Waterfalls – Vermafossen

We have a dedicated page for the Vermafossen waterfall.

Romsdalen_022_jx_07022005 - During our first visit through Romsdal Valley in 2005, we noticed many waterfalls in this open area towards the south of Verma, which in hindsight could very well be near the Kyllingbrua
During our first visit through Romsdal Valley in 2005, we noticed many waterfalls in this open area towards the south of Verma, which in hindsight could very well be near the Kyllingbrua

However, I do want to say something about the Kyllingbrua (the Kylling Bridge), which was something we never noticed on our first visit back in 2005.

First, I noticed signage as I was entering the township of Verma from the south that mentioned something about parking for Kyllingbrua.

I wound up parking in a space that was about 67.6km north of Dombås at the south end of the town of Verma.

After parking the car, I then crossed the E136 and followed a signed 250m trail that descended the hill.

After hanging a left at a junction towards the bottom of the descent, the trail then eventually descended a little more until I reached a dead-end with a lookout and some signage about the Kyllingbrua.

Romsdalen_181_07162019 - Kyllingbrua and the Rauma River below it
Kyllingbrua and the Rauma River below it

The Kyllingbrua was a railway tressel bridge with a 42m long main arch as well as side arches with 8-10m spans.

Given the terrain, Rauma Railway (Raumabanen) actually made a pair of turns within tunnels split by this tressel bridge, and so this bridge actually took 9 years to build from 1913-1921.

Experiencing the Romsdalen Waterfalls – “Skogagrovafossen”, Døntefossen, Gravdefossen, and Brurasløret

We have a dedicated page for these waterfalls.

Experiencing the Romsdalen Waterfalls – Mongefossen

The Romsdal Valley used to have this 773m waterfall appearing a short distance to the west of the small hamlet of Marstein along the E136.

From looking at the old photos, it appeared to drop from a cliff, where it didn’t appear to have a gully.

Romsdalen_257_07162019 - Looking towards a bend in the cliffs near the Trollveggen area where I think the Mongefossen Waterfall used to be
Looking towards a bend in the cliffs near the Trollveggen area where I think the Mongefossen Waterfall used to be

That suggested to me that the waterfall would have been seasonal without the regulation.

However, the Grytten power station (the same complex hydro project that impacted Mardalsfossen pretty much robbed the Mongeelva of its flow since its completion in 1975.

Both times I’ve driven through Romsdal along the E136, I never saw a trace of this waterfall.

So I could only speculate as to where would be the place to see it if in the off-chance the falls might actually flow under a combination of heavy rain and clouds not getting in the line-of-sight.

If there is a pullout or viewing spot for Mongefossen, I’m guessing it would be around 84.5km north of Dombås.

Experiencing the Romsdalen Waterfalls – Ølmåafossen or Ølmåfossen

Romsdalen_235_07162019 - Approaching Ølmåafossen while heading north on the E136 in July 2019
Approaching Ølmåafossen while heading north on the E136 in July 2019

Of the waterfalls that were still alive in Romsdal, Ølmåafossen (lately Norgeskart has it labeled Ølmåfossen) could very well be the tallest legitimate one still remaining.

When driving north on the E136, I already started to get a good look at it from around 79.2km to 87.8km north of Dombås.

The waterfall initially appeared as a towering behemoth as the E136 seemingly led right towards it.

As the E136 curved northwards into the town of Marstein, we could see Ølmåafossen’s long slope before twisting towards the bottom.

In my mind, this was the most prominent of the tall waterfalls in Romsdalen (perhaps even surpassing Døntefossen).

The Most Dramatic Part of Romsdalen – Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn, and the Trolltindane

Romsdalen_272_07162019 - Driving north on the E136 towards the sheer Trollveggen and Trolltindane
Driving north on the E136 towards the sheer Trollveggen and Trolltindane

Just beyond Ølmåafossen, that was when we got into perhaps the most dramatic part of Romsdalen.

This was where on the west wall (east-facing), we saw the procession of peaks known as the Trolltindane.

Legend has it that these peaks were where giant trolls were turned to stone.

Amongst these mountain peaks was a sheer 1,000m vertical wall called Trollveggen (or the Troll Wall), which was kind of Norway’s answer to El Capitan in Yosemite Valley in California.

On the opposite wall (east wall or west-facing) was the Romsdalshorn, which was another favorite of hard-core climbers.

Romsdalen_016_07162019 - Looking southwards into Romsdal Valley with Romsdalshorn towering at 1550m opposite the Trollveggen (off the picture to the right)
Looking southwards into Romsdal Valley with Romsdalshorn towering at 1550m opposite the Trollveggen (off the picture to the right)

Right in the middle of it all within this narrowest section of the Romsdal Valley was the Trollveggen Visitor Center, which was about 93.8km north of Dombås or 10.2km south of the E136/Fv64 turnoff at Åndalsnes.

The Isterdalen Tease

Further north of the dramatic Trollveggen section and beyond the Fv63 turnoff into Isterdalen, we then stumbled upon an area with a pedestrian bridge over the Rauma River leading to Rauma Camping.

By this point, Romsdalen pretty much opened up and we were out of the valley.

However, taking the time to walk around the area (including on the bridge) yielded views into the Isterdalen Valley (the same valley where the famed Trollstigen was at its head) as well as the mouth of Romsdal Valley framed by the Romsdal Alps.

To me, this was a fitting end (or beginning depending on your driving direction) of the Romsdal Drive, and yet another example of Norwegian scenery at its finest.

Romsdalen_286_07162019 - Looking over the Rauma River towards the pedestrian bridge leading to Rauma Camping as well as Isterdalen in the background
Looking over the Rauma River towards the pedestrian bridge leading to Rauma Camping as well as Isterdalen in the background

I managed to find parking near the pedestrian bridge at about 102.7km north of Dombås or about 1.3km south of the E136/Fv64 turnoff at Åndalsnes.

Authorities

The waterfalls on this page reside in the Rauma Municipality near Åndalsnes in Møre og Romsdal County, Norway. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.

Romsdalen_023_07162019 - When I returned to Romsdalen in July 2019, I started by driving south from Åndalsnes all the way out to the county border then slowed down and headed back north through Romsdalen again.  This was the E136 passing before Trollveggen early in the morning
Romsdalen_038_07162019 - Looking up at the Troll Wall from the large car park at the Trollveggen Visitor Center in July 2019. This photo and the next several shots too place on this visit
Romsdalen_053_07162019 - Continuing south on the E136 as I was passing through the narrow area between Trollveggen and Romsdalshorn
Romsdalen_056_07162019 - Looking towards the slanted cascade that I believe belongs to Ølmåafossen
Romsdalen_064_07162019 - Looking towards the full drop of Ølmåafossen from somewhere near Marstein
Romsdalen_070_07162019 - One of the side waterfalls tumbling down as I was heading south along the E136 from somewhere near Marstein
Romsdalen_073_07162019 - Another look towards Ølmåafossen with the context of farms fronting it for some sense of scale as seen from near Marstein
Romsdalen_075_07162019 - Continuing south on the E136 towards what I believe was the Kors Kirke between Marstein and Flatmark
Romsdalen_079_07162019 - Looking towards a different slanting waterfall somewhere south of Marstein as seen along the E136 in Romsdalen
Romsdalen_085_07162019 - Looking back towards Ølmåfossen from another random pullout or bus stop around Flatmark
Romsdalen_087_07162019 - Looking further south from around the Flatmark area towards more waterfalls, which I believe belong to Gravdefossen and possibly Brurasløret
Romsdalen_092_07162019 - Approaching the impressive Gravdefossen as I was zipping south on the E136 through Romsdal Valley
Romsdalen_095_07162019 - Continuing south on the E136 with more waterfalls tumbling into Romsdal Valley
Romsdalen_097_07162019 - Approaching the cascade that I believe was on the Skogagrova Stream (Skogagrovafossen?)
Romsdalen_099_07162019 - Vermafossen when I saw it on my 2019 Scandinavia Trip, which saw a much lesser flow than when we first saw it back in 2005
Romsdalen_122_07162019 - Slettafossen as seen in 2019 - one of the more well-known sights in Romsdal Valley
Romsdalen_148_07162019 - Looking north from the far southern end of Romsdal Valley near the county border with Oppland
Romsdalen_150_07162019 - Looking across the Rauma River towards a thin cascade perched high at the top of the cliffs, which I think could be Svaåafossen
Romsdalen_154_07162019 - Looking towards an old stone arch bridge over the Rauma River as seen from a different road bridge that was leading to Sagelva
Romsdalen_155_07162019 - Context of Svaåafossen as I was headed back north on the E136
Romsdalen_160_07162019 - Another contextual view of Romsdal Valley as I was headed north on the E136 with Svaåafossen on the topleft
Romsdalen_169_07162019 - Some kind of symbol placed by the car park for Kyllingbrua Trailhead
Romsdalen_170_07162019 - The E136 as seen from the south side of the hamlet of Verma near the Kyllingbrua trailhead
Romsdalen_171_07162019 - Signage letting me know that there was something worthwhile to stop for at Kyllingbrua
Romsdalen_172_07162019 - Descending the trail leading down to Kyllingbrua
Romsdalen_173_07162019 - The Kyllingbrua Trail skirting around the edges of some pasture
Romsdalen_174_07162019 - I found it interesting that the landowners around Kyllingbrua felt compelled to place this sign
Romsdalen_188_07162019 - Context of the Kyllingbrua and the overlook
Romsdalen_189_07162019 - Hiking back up to to the car park at Kyllingbrua
Romsdalen_194_07162019 - Another look at Vermafossen as I was headed north on the E136. Notice that it had considerably less flow than in 2005
Romsdalen_197_07162019 - The E136 twisting its way north as the Romsdal Alps still held onto its snow
Romsdalen_210_07162019 - Døntefossen
Romsdalen_218_07162019 - Looking towards Gravdefossen while driving north on the E136
Romsdalen_237_07162019 - Facing Ølmåfossen as I was driving north on the E136
Romsdalen_246_07162019 - Context of Ølmåfossen as I continued to drive past some houses as I was northbound on the E136
Romsdalen_264_07162019 - Back at the Trollveggen as I was continuing north on the E136
Romsdalen_277_07162019 - Passing beneath the Trollveggen once again
Romsdalen_280_07162019 - Context of the Trollveggen fronted by some picnic tables and parked cars below for a sense of scale
Romsdalen_287_07162019 - Looking back across the calm Rauma River towards Isterdalen
Romsdalen_296_07162019 - Looking towards the Romsdal Alps from the footbridge over the Rauma River
Romsdalen_307_07162019 - Looking right into the scenic Isterdalen Valley
Romsdalen_001_jx_07022005 - This impressively tall waterfall, which we believe to be called Svaåafossen, was the very reason why we managed to find Kleivafossen on our first visit in July 2005. Note that the rest of the photos in this gallery took place on this day
Romsdalen_002_jx_07022005 - When we made a U-turn onto a pullout near someone's red house, we then noticed this waterfall below that turned out to be Kleivafossen during our 2005 trip to Norway
Romsdalen_004_jx_07022005 - When we backtracked on the E136 now headed southeast back in 2005, we then found the next pullout where we got this view of Svaåafossen in the distance shortly after scrambling to find a better view of 'Kleivafossen'
Romsdalen_007_jx_07022005 - This view of Kleivafossen shows that there were more slides and cascades further upstream before the Ulvåa Stream crashed into the Rauma River
Romsdalen_014_jx_07022005 - Finally after a brief scramble we got this view of Kleivafossen on our first trip to Norway in 2005
Romsdalen_017_jx_07022005 - Looking downstream from Kleivafossen, Romsdalen looked like a broad valley, but as we headed further northwest, it would get narrow and dramatic real quick
Slettafossen_003_jx_07022005 - Part of the turbulent series of rapids at Slettafossen as seen in 2005
Romsdalen_002_07022005 - This interestingly-shaped waterfall was Vermafossen as seen in early July 2005
Dontefossen_002_07022005 - This waterfall was Døntefossen as seen in 2005
Romsdalen_033_jx_07022005 - Ephemeral waterfalls galore throughout Romsdalen Valley as seen during our northbound drive in early July 2005
Romsdalen_034_jx_07022005 - Zoomed in on a particular waterfall with good volume in Romsdalen somewhere past Gravdefossen
Romsdalen_038_jx_07022005 - Driving deep in Romsdalen with what appeared to be the tall Ølmåafossen in the distance as seen in 2005
Romsdalen_039_jx_07022005 - Driving through Romsdalen as we were getting closer to Ølmåafossen when we first saw it in early July 2005
Romsdalen_041_jx_07022005 - Getting past this mysterious waterfall (could it be on Rangåa, making it Rangåafossen?)
Romsdalen_043_jx_07022005 - The straight shot portion of the E136 was finally starting to turn as Ølmåafossen got even closer
Romsdalen_044_jx_07022005 - Now looking directly up at Ølmåafossen through some of the rain drops on the window
Romsdalen_045_jx_07022005 - Approaching the sheer vertical walls of Trollveggen deep in Romsdalen Valley as seen on our first visit in early July 2005

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The following list points out the places where we stopped and the waterfalls that we identified.

It assumes that we’re driving from south to north (kind of like what one might experience when driving from Dombas to Andalsnes).

If you’re driving in the opposite direction, just follow this list in reverse order.

The distances are from on the E6/E136 roundabout in Dombås and the E136/Fv64 junction in Åndalsnes.

Waterfalls and Points of Interest from Dombas to Andalsnes
  • Kleivafossen [61.5km north of Dombås, 42.5km south of Åndalsnes]
  • Svaåafossen [62.2km north of Dombås, 41.8km south of Åndalsnes]
  • Brufossen [62.7km north of Dombås, 41.3km south of Åndalsnes]
  • Raudåafossen [64.1km north of Dombås, 39.9km south of Åndalsnes]
  • Slettafossen [65.7km north of Dombås, 38.3km south of Åndalsnes]
  • Kyllingbrua [67.6km north of Dombås, 36.4km south of Åndalsnes]
  • Vermafossen [69.0km north of Dombås, 35.0km south of Åndalsnes]
  • Døntefossen, Gravdefossen, and Brurasløret [75.1km north of Dombås, 28.9km south of Åndalsnes]
  • Gravdefossen and Brurasløret [76.3km north of Dombås, 27.7km south of Åndalsnes]
  • Pullout with views of Ølmåafossen, Gravdefossen, and Brurasløret [79.2km north of Dombås, 24.8km south of Åndalsnes]
  • Possible Mongefossen Viewing Area [84.5km north of Dombås, 19.5km south of Åndalsnes]
  • Ølmåafossen direct view [87.8km north of Dombås, 16.2km south of Åndalsnes]
  • Trollveggen Visitor Center [93.8km north of Dombås, 10.2km south of Åndalsnes]
  • Isterdalen View [102.7km north of Dombås, 1.3km south of Åndalsnes]

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 starting with a pair of cascades before panning all the way around towards Olmaafossen in the distance from the E136


Sweep starting with a cascade that might be Mongefossen before panning over to a view of Olmaafossen

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