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.
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).
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.
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.
Siseljafossen was situated in tree-rich Dyrvedalen.
From Voss, I headed west on the E16 towards a signed turnoff for Dyrvedalen roughly 7km west of town.
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.
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.
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.
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