Sagfossen and the Rullestad Waterfalls

Rullestad / Skare / Fjare, Hordaland County, Norway

About Sagfossen and the Rullestad Waterfalls

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2019-06-23
Date last visited: 2019-06-23

Waterfall Latitude: 59.86382
Waterfall Longitude: 6.42365

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Sagfossen was a conspicuous waterfall that we spotted while driving the E134 between Skarre and the nearby Langfossen Waterfall.

Back when Julie and I first noticed this waterfall, we didn’t realize that it had a name.

Rullestad_008_06232019 - Sagfossen tumbling behind Rullestadvatnet
Sagfossen tumbling behind Rullestadvatnet

In fact, we thought it was one of those miscellaneous waterfalls that seemed to be all over Norway no matter where you look.

Such common sightings really made me question our approach to how we write about the waterfalls in Norway.

That’s because such waterfalls that are taken for granted in the country would otherwise be more well known or have infrastructure for visitation.

In any case, while this waterfall gave us the reason to pull over and take a look, there was actually a nearby gorge called Rullestadjuvet, which was said to feature impressive potholes and more chutes of water.

Rullestad_022_06232019 - Looking back at the camping facility fringing the lake Rullestadvatnet, where Sagfossen tumbled into
Looking back at the camping facility fringing the lake Rullestadvatnet, where Sagfossen tumbled into

We didn’t get a chance to visit that area, but it’s certainly something we’ll be sure to check out if we’re fortunate to make another return trip here.

As it is, Sagfossen tumbled on the Sagelva, which drained an extensive plateau full of tarns and lakes between Sauda and Røldal.

For a taste of what it was like within that plateau, we drove through that area on our first visit to Norway back in June 2005, and we have a write-up for it here.

Rullestadvatnet also had other streams with cascading waterfalls spilling into it, but they were of the much thinner variety.

Rullestad_013_06232019 - Looking across the lake Rullestadvatnet with Sagfossen tumbled at the other end
Looking across the lake Rullestadvatnet with Sagfossen tumbled at the other end

Still, they added to the overall backdrop, and I could see why a camping area had been designated right on the shores of the lake here.


Sagfossen and the Rullestadvatnet Waterfalls reside near the town and municipality of Etne in Hordaland County, Norway. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.

Rullestad_005_06232019 - Looking towards the turf-roofed main building at Rullestad Camping
Rullestad_010_06232019 - Focused on the Sagfossen on the Sagelva seen across Rullestadvatnet
Rullestad_012_06232019 - Looking towards some smaller cascades surrounding the Rullestadvatnet and Rullestadjuvet area
Rullestad_021_06232019 - Looking back towards the Rullestad Camping from the shores of Rullestadvatnet
Rullestad_024_06232019 - Another idyllic look across a couple of picnic tables towards Sagfossen
Rullestad_025_06232019 - Looking over some boats on Rullestadvatnet towards Sagfossen
E134_007_jx_06242005 - Looking towards Sagfossen when we first noticed it back in June 2005 on our first trip to Norway
E134_002_06242005 - Another June 2005 look across Rullestadvatnet towards Sagfossen

Sagfossen was for all intents a purposes a roadside waterfall that was perhaps best seen along the shores of Rullestadvatnet from the Rullestad Camping.

From Etne, you would drive east for about 45km along the E134 to a signed turnoff on the right for Rullestad Camping.

This turnoff was about 2.5km east of the Fjæratunnelen.

Rullestad_004_06232019 - The Rullestad Camping parking lot
The Rullestad Camping parking lot

Coming in the other direction from Skarre, you would drive west on the E134 for about 11km, where the turnoff for Rullestad Camping would be on the left.

This turnoff was a little over 1km west of the end of the tunnel bypassing Rullestadjuvet.

For some geographical context, Odda is 17km (under 30 minutes drive) north of Skare, 42km (about 45 minutes drive) north of Røldal, 72km (about 1 hour drive) northeast of Etne, 134km (about 3 hours drive with a ferry crossing) east of Bergen, 179km (over 3 hours drive with some ferry crossings) north of Stavanger, and 323km (about 5 hours drive) west of Oslo.

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360 degree sweep from the shores of the camping hamlet with brief zoom ins on each waterfall surrounding the area

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