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 as well as from a grassy camping area (see directions below). Since this was an east-facing waterfall, we had to contend with the late afternoon light when we were looking at the falls from outside the shadows caused by the mountains.
As you can see from the photos on this page, we were only able to see the upper parts of the falls. The lower sections were obstructed by mostly trees as well as the presence of power lines. Thus, we were wondering if there was a way to experience the falls differently or improve the views by either hiking to its base or by driving to its top. Julie and I were happy enough with the views that we were able to get from the road so we didn’t really explore what else we could do. Thus, we can’t say anything more about these other potential options.
Reiarsfossen was right along the Hwy (Riksvei) 9 through Setesdal Valley. It was about 17km north of the nearest local township of Bygland. It was about 46km south of Kallefossen along Rv9 or about 113km north of Kristiansand.
Signposts helped alert us to this waterfall on the west side of the road well before it came upon us.
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