Siseljafossen

Dyrvedalen, Hordaland County, Norway

About Siseljafossen


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2005-06-27
Date last visited: 2019-06-28

Waterfall Latitude: 60.65181
Waterfall Longitude: 6.32588

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Siseljafossen was a waterfall that tested my determination for visiting it.

What I remembered most about this excursion (besides heavy rain during my first visit in June 2005) was how obscure and tricky it was to even drive to the falls.

Siseljafossen_012_06262005 - Siseljafossen (or so I thought) as seen from our first visit back in June 2005
Siseljafossen (or so I thought) as seen from our first visit back in June 2005

You see, during that visit, 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.

When I came back in June 2019, I didn’t have as much drama on the visit, but then I only realized after the fact that I didn’t really see Siseljafossen all this time.

I came to realize that when I finally got to correlate my GPS tracks and waypoints with the maps, which was something I wasn’t able to do reliably on that first visit 14 years prior.

I knew something had to have been wrong when we had been experiencing a rainy Summer during that 2019 trip, but the waterfall barely flowed!

How I Experienced What I Thought Was Siseljafossen

I’ll start this description from the unpaved private toll road that left the main looping road in Dyrvedalen (see directions below).

Dyrvedalen_011_06282019 - Looking towards what I thought was Siseljafossen on the Fosselvi Stream during a drier visit in June 2019
Looking towards what I thought was Siseljafossen on the Fosselvi Stream during a drier visit in June 2019

I then pretty much followed the narrow unpaved road as it meandered through a well-forested area, which conspired to obstruct any grand views along the way.

At ab out 450m from the gate and self-help toll booth, I then kept left at a fork.

At around 800m from the fork, the road then crossed a bridge that was scary on the first visit in June 2005 (especially since it was raining and the stream seemed to be flooding) though it was sturdier and not too bad on the second visit 14 years later.

It wasn’t until another 1km further did I reach a clearing where I finally saw the waterfall that I thought was Siseljafossen (though it was really on the Fosselvi Stream.

I managed to take pictures from within the car on the rainy first visit, and I was able to get out of the car for a more intimate view on the second visit.

Dyrvedalen_008_06282019 - The narrow but not-as-rough unpaved private road towards what I thought was Siseljafossen
The narrow but not-as-rough unpaved private road towards what I thought was Siseljafossen

After having my fill of the falls, I then had to drive another 300m before making a three-point turn at some driveway so I could go back in the other direction.

I believe this toll road was supposed to go further towards the head of the valley, which I didn’t do so I can’t say more about it.

Authorities

Siseljafossen resides near the city and municipality of Voss in Hordaland County, Norway. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.

Dyrvedalen_004_06282019 - On the familiar unpaved private toll road deeper into Dyrvedalen
Dyrvedalen_007_06282019 - When I first came into Dyrvedalen back on a rainy morning of June 2005, this crossing was a scary log bridge. But now 14 years later, it seemed to be a lot more tame
Dyrvedalen_010_06282019 - The disappointing flow of what I thought was Siseljafossen, when in fact this was on the Fosselvi Stream and I had somehow way overshot the actual Siseljafossen
Dyrvedalen_012_06282019 - Looking towards the head of the Dyrvedalen Valley from the private road where there were more thinner and ephemeral waterfalls
Dyrvedalen_016_06282019 - About to drive back through the gate at the start of the private unpaved toll road deeper into Dyrvedalen
Dyrvedalen_018_06282019 - Driving back down from Dyrvedalen towards the very busy E16 en route to Bergen
Siseljafossen_013_06262005 - The self-help toll station at the start of the rough unpaved road as how I saw it back in June 2005
Siseljafossen_002_06262005 - Finally started seeing Siseljafossen (or so I thought) back in a rainy morning of June 2005
Siseljafossen_007_corrected_06262005 - The full context of the direct view of Siseljafossen though the trees kind of denied me the entire view of the falls from back in 2005

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Siseljafossen was situated in tree-rich Dyrvedalen.

Even though I visited this waterfall from both Bergen and Voss, I’ll describe the driving directions from Voss since it was the closest and most notable of the towns here.

From Voss, I headed west on the E16 towards a signed turnoff for Dyrvedalen roughly 7km west of town.

Dyrvedalen_002_06282019 - Looking towards the toll box as I was leaving Dyrvedalen and going deeper onto the private road that seemed to have smoothed out over the years
Looking towards the toll box as I was leaving Dyrvedalen and going deeper onto the private road that seemed to have smoothed out over the years

I then turned right onto the Dyrvedalen Road and drove another 2.5km or so before reaching a somewhat non-descript turnoff and gate on the right.

Right behind the gate was a bom kasse (toll box) where you’d self-help by putting money in an envelope and dropping the payment in the drop box.

And that would begin the drive described in the main body above.

Overall, this drive to the start of the toll road would take roughly 15 minutes or so.

Dyrvedalen_006_06282019 - A part of the private unpaved road that skirted the stream
A part of the private unpaved road that skirted the stream

If I was coming from Bergen, the drive along mostly the E16 would take about 90 minutes to go the roughly 90km to the turnoff for Dyrvedalen on the left.

The amount of time taken on the E16 would vary because it was a heavily used road so there were frequently sluggish moments of traffic, especially where there’s road construction.

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.

Dyrvedalen_017_06282019 - The gate fronting the toll box to get really deep into Dyrvedalen
The gate fronting the toll box to get really deep into Dyrvedalen

Of course, when I came back to this place 14 years later, it seemed like the unpaved road seemed to be a lot smoother than I had remembered so perhaps the owners have done stuff to really improve access and hence why they charge the toll!

For some geographical context, Bergen was 103km (over 90 minutes drive) west of Voss, 135km (about 3 hours drive with a ferry crossing) west of Odda, 156km (about 2.5 hours) west of Eidfjord, 175km (a little over 3 hours drive with a ferry crossing) south of Førde, 211km (under 5 hours drive with ferry crossings) north of Stavanger, and 464km (about 7 hours drive) west of Oslo.

Short sweep covering the open area on the narrow unpaved road revealing Siseljafossen not doing so well

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