Skarvefossen was a waterfall that we happened to have noticed on our way to Skjervsfossen, but we never realized that it had this name until we did some post-trip research of what we experienced.
Such is the dilemma that we often faced in Norway as the country possessed to many waterfalls, that we weren’t sure if we had stumbled upon a named one.
And such was the case here, where I had to look at the time stamps of my photos, and then look at our GPS waypoints captured during the trip, and finally correlate all that information with the updated Norgeskart (formerly Norgesglasset).
In addition to Skarvefossen, I’ve also seen this waterfall referred to as Skorvofossen and Skorvefossen.
For all intents and purposes, I viewed this waterfall as pretty much a roadside attraction.
In fact, the photos you see from this page were primarily taken from bus stops near the town of Spildo.
While our distant views left much to be desired, we didn’t pursue nor did we see any signage suggesting that it was possible to get even closer to the falls and feel its spray.
Finally, Skarvefossen sat by the town of Spildo, which was where the first shots were fired between Nazi Germany soldiers and the Norwegian resistance.
What ensued were a series of bloody battles over a period of nearly two weeks in April 1940.
Although Nazi Germany would eventually occupy Norway, the battles that took place here and the neighboring Skjervet demonstrated that Norway wasn’t giving up without a fight.
Skarvefossen resides in the Granvin Municipality. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.
Skarvefossen pretty much followed the same driving directions as that of Skjervsfossen. So see that page for the turn-by-turn instructions.
The only difference is that Skarvefossen was roughly 3.3km east of Skjervsfossen along the Skjervsvegen Road.
For context, Granvin was 26km (under 30 minutes drive) east of Voss, 29km (over 30 minutes) west of Eidfjord, 66km (a little over an hour drive) north of Odda, 134km (over 2 hours drive) east of Bergen, and 342km (over 5 hours drive) west of Oslo.
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