Siseljafossen was a waterfall that tested my determination for visiting it. What I remembered most about this excursion (besides heavy rain during my visit) was how obscure and tricky it was to even drive to the falls. During my visit in June 2005, there were no signs and I had to drive through rough, narrow unpaved roads with a scary narrow log bridge to cross that went over a high flowing stream. Even trying to make U-turns on the narrow single-lane rural roads was not easy. I managed to visit the falls with a very early pre-dawn start so Julie was able to sleep in while I did this adventure solo, but if she went with me, I’m sure I probably would have gotten more pressure to turn back. Looking back at this experience after all these years, I’m still amazed that I even made it!
The flip side to the driving difficulties was that I was able to see the falls from right within the passenger car I rented (see directions below). With the heavy rain that bombarded my morning visit, it sure was helpful to not have to go out there and get drenched. So after all this bit of drama, was the waterfall worth it?
Well, as for the waterfall itself, I saw an impressively tall two-tiered drop that was said to have a cumulative height of 175m. With the heavy rains, it definitely had very good volume. It would seem to be that this falls ought to have reliable flow, but I’d imagine that could be tested later in the year when the snowpack might be depleted towards Autumn.
First, I drove back south on the E16 to the junction of the Rv13 and E16 in Voss. At that point, I continued on the E16 due west for about 6km. There was a turnoff to my right signed for Dyrvedalen. I took that turnoff, then drove about 3km on the main local road called Rekvesvegen which then proceeded onto a residential road called Dyrvedalsvegen. At about 2.7km from the E16, I then found an obscure road to the right that led me past a farm and ultimately entering through a couple of cattle guards. Just beyond the last cattle guard, there was a sign and self-help station requesting a toll to use the road (motorbikes 10kr and car or tractor 20kr as of June 2005). I guess the sign indicating a tractor or dirt bike should have hinted to me that the road forward might be a bit rough.
After paying the toll, I proceeded further nto the now rough and unpaved road for about another 2km (crossing over a very primitive-looking log bridge at 1.3km) before I was finally able to get a decent view of the waterfall.
Once I was done seeing the falls from the car, the road was too narrow to make any three-point U-turns to get out so I had to continue driving for another 500m before I finally found someone’s driveway (into a farm) to do the 180-degree turn and return the way I came.
It should be noted that the unpaved road I took to get from the residential area to the waterfall was supposed to be a 4wd road (tractor traffic maybe?) or for dirt bikes or even for just walking. Even still, I was able to make it without getting out of the car, but it definitely tested my cool and luck to avoid damage to the rental car. I’d imagine that the conditions of this road could easily change into one that would be impassable to low clearance vehicles if it’s not maintained, but then again, that was probably why they charged the toll in the first place, I reckon.
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