Reiarsfossen (or Reiårsfossen; I think is pronounced “RYE-ors-foss-un”) was probably the one seemingly major waterfall that Julie and I targeted and visited while in the Setesdal Valley (Setesdalen).
It wouldn’t surprise us if this waterfall was about 200m tall because it was a pretty thick twisting band of water coming down the steep mountain wall spilling into Setesdalen and ultimately feeding into the Åraks Fjord (Åraksfjorden).
We managed to see this falls both from alongside the highway, from a short scramble near its base, and from a grassy camping area (see directions below).
Since this was an east-facing waterfall, we had to contend with the late afternoon light on our first visit. However, we timed it perfectly when we made a morning drive from Rysstad to Kristiansand on a subsequent visit many years later.
Experiencing Reiårsfossen from the Official Viewpoint
In my mind, this was the most obvious way to experience Reiarsfossen due to its proximity to the Rv9 (see directions below).
It also featured a spacious car park with plenty of signage to ensure you don’t miss it.
While the views from this roadside stop put us quite close to its impressive drop, it left quite a bit to be desired, especially since trees tended to obstruct the line of sight to its bottom.
However, after doing a quick recon of the area, I noticed a path that started towards the south side of the car park.
Once on that path, it climbed briefly towards an informal junction, where the footpath on the left led up an even more overgrown and rocky ascent right up to Reiarsfossen’s base.
Along the way, I managed to get commanding views across Setesdalen, and after a few minutes more, I managed to scramble onto the rocks right at the base of the falls.
I’m sure scrambling closer to the falls was possible, but I didn’t feel the need to take any further risks to go further.
Experiencing Reiårsfossen from the Camping
Across the Rv9 we also managed to get satisfying full views of Reiarsfossen as you can see from the photos at the top of this page.
Once within the camping complex, we could turn left at the fork to a clearing where we could get out of the car and walk towards the river for an unobstructed view of the falls reflected in the water.
Deeper into the camping complex, I managed to get contextual views where the camping buildings fronted the waterfall.
For all intents and purposes, this waterfall didn’t require any exertion as it was visible from just about anywhere on site.
Indeed, you could camp or rent a cabin here, and you’ll likely score a nice view of Reiarsfossen.
Reiarsfossen was right along the Hwy (Riksvei) 9 through Setesdal Valley.
This drive would take around a half-hour or less.
The turnoff for Reiarsfossen Camping was about 200m south of the aforementioned official pullout.
For geographical context, Rysstad was 43km (a little over a half-hour drive) north of Bygland, 97km (about 1.5 hours drive) south of Haukeli, 141km (under 2 hours drive) north of Kristiansand, 159km (over 2.5 hours drive) southwest of Rjukan, 159km (over 2.5 hours drive) east of Stavanger, and 300km (under 5 hours drive) west of Oslo.
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