Reiarsfossen

Setesdal Valley, Aust-Agder County, Norway

About Reiarsfossen


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2005-06-22
Date last visited: 2019-07-25

Waterfall Latitude: 58.94137
Waterfall Longitude: 7.68545

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).

Reiarsfossen_040_07252019 - Reiårsfossen seen from across a small 'inlet' on the Åraksfjorden Lake
Reiårsfossen seen from across a small ‘inlet’ on the Åraksfjorden Lake

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).

Setesdal_034_06192019 - Reiårsfossen seen from the official car park and viewpoint along the Rv9 in Setesdalen
Reiårsfossen seen from the official car park and viewpoint along the Rv9 in Setesdalen

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.

Setesdal_058_06192019 - Looking up at Reiårsfossen after scrambling closer to its base from the official viewpoint area
Looking up at Reiårsfossen after scrambling closer to its base from the official viewpoint area

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 complex

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.

Setesdal_098_06192019 - Contextual view of Reiårsfossen backing the camping area from which the photo was taken
Contextual view of Reiårsfossen backing the camping area from which the photo was taken

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.

Authorities

Reiarsfossen resides near Rysstad in the Bygland Municipality in Agder County (formerly Augst-Agder), Norway. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or their Facebook page.

Setesdal_037_06192019 - How Reiårsfossen looked from the car park and picnic area during my visit in June 2019
Setesdal_039_06192019 - Looking out across the Rv9 towards Åraksfjorden from the official car park for Reiårsfossen as seen during my rainy June 2019 visit
Setesdal_040_06192019 - I spotted this little tractor road on the south side of the Reiarsfossen car park as I pursued a way to get up to the base of the falls during my June 2019 visit
Setesdal_042_06192019 - Looking towards Åraksfjorden from the tractor road leading closer to the base of Reiårsfossen as seen in June 2019
Setesdal_043_06192019 - Looking back at the ascending tractor road that I walked up in pursuit of the base of Reiårsfossen during my visit in June 2019
Setesdal_046_06192019 - Another look across Åraksfjorden while pursuing the base of Reiårsfossen during my visit in June 2019
Setesdal_048_06192019 - Ascending a narrow and rough footpath leading up to the base of the main drop of Reiårsfossen during my June 2019 visit
Setesdal_049_06192019 - Some parts of the trail of use to the base of Reiarsfossen looked a bit on the overgrown side during my June 2019 visit
Setesdal_051_06192019 - Looking right up from near the base of Reiårsfossen as of my June 2019 visit
Setesdal_052_06192019 - Broad look up at the base of Reiårsfossen during my visit in June 2019
Setesdal_053_06192019 - Another look across the northern part of Åraksfjorden from around the base of Reiårsfossen during my visit in June 2019
Setesdal_054_06192019 - Yet another look across Åraksfjorden from around the base of Reiårsfossen during my visit in June 2019
Setesdal_064_06192019 - From the lofty vantage point near the base of Reiårsfossen, I was able to look across Åraksfjorden without as many trees in the way as seen in my June 2019 visit
Setesdal_066_06192019 - Looking back at Reiårsfossen and its trail-of-use as I descended back down to the car park during my visit in June 2019
Setesdal_069_06192019 - After having my fill of Reiårsfossen, I took the footpath back down to the car park as seen during my June 2019 visit
Setesdal_071_06192019 - Apparently, this part of Setesdal Valley was lush enough to yield banana slug sightings like this one near Reiårsfossen during my June 2019 visit
Setesdal_074_06192019 - Looking towards Reiårsfossen from the camping across the street during my June 2019 visit
Setesdal_083_06192019 - Looking towards Reiårsfossen from the clearing at the manager's side of the camping complex as seen in my June 2019 visit
Setesdal_094_06192019 - Looking back at the main buildings of the Reiårsfossen Camping during my visit in June 2019
Setesdal_101_06192019 - Once I had my fill of Reiårsfossen I noticed this waterfall just to the north of it along the Rv9, which I think is called Heisfossen as seen during my June 2019 visit
Setesdal_105_06192019 - More contextual look at what I think was Heisfossen as seen along the Rv9 during my June 2019 visit after having had my fill of Reiårsfossen
Setesdal_109_06192019 - Full context of Rv9 and Heisfossen as seen during my June 2019 visit
Setesdal_144_06192019 - Closer to the town of Rysstad, I spotted these waterfalls after the area had seen another dose of rain during my Reiarsfossen visit
Reiarsfossen_003_07252019 - Roadside view of Reiårsfossen along Rv9 when we came back a month later under beautiful weather during our visit in July 2019
Reiarsfossen_007_07252019 - NO CAPTION
Reiarsfossen_018_07252019 - Broad view from the Reiårsfossen Camping of the waterfall towering over Rv9 as seen during our visit in July 2019
Reiarsfossen_021_07252019 - Looking upstream towards a road bridge in the distance from the Reiårsfossen Camping during our visit in July 2019
Reiarsfossen_023_07252019 - Context of Julie and Tahia across this calm inlet opposite Reiårsfossen as seen from the camping complex during our visit in July 2019
Reiarsfossen_025_07252019 - Looking across the calm part of the inlet towards Reiårsfossen as seen from the manager's side of the camping complex during our visit in July 2019
Reiarsfossen_053_07252019 - NO CAPTION
Reiarsfossen_054_07252019 - NO CAPTION
Reiarsfossen_057_07252019 - NO CAPTION
Reiarsfossen_001_06222005 - Julie checking out Reiårsfossen from the Rv9 as seen during our first time here in June 2005
Reiarsfossen_003_06222005 - NO CAPTION
Reiarsfossen_004_06222005 - Looking away from Reiårsfossen towards Åraksfjorden during our June 2005 visit
Reiarsfossen_008_06222005 - NO CAPTION
Reiarsfossen_004_jx_06222005 - NO CAPTION
Reiarsfossen_010_jx_06222005 - Julie checking out Reiårsfossen from a camping area during our first time here in June 2005

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Reiarsfossen was right along the Hwy (Riksvei) 9 through Setesdal Valley.

The well-signed official pullout sat about 25km south of the town of Rysstad, and about 21km north of the town of Bygland.

Setesdal_072_06192019 - The well-signed car park and picnic area for Reiårsfossen along the Rv9
The well-signed car park and picnic area for Reiårsfossen along the Rv9

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.

Semi-circular sweep of Reiarsfossen and reflections as well as some of the surrounding scenery as seen from the river running through Setesdal


Sweep from the signed car park right near the base of the waterfall


Short semicircular sweep starting with the panorama across the Setesdal Valley before panning along the stream to the falls


Long video showing various angles of the falls as seen from the camping area

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